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Religiously Affiliated | The Right Fit, 7

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Religiously-affiliated colleges and universities are private schools that were established by religious groups or organizations. These schools do not limit admission strictly to students who share the school's affiliated faith, but the school administration is ruled by religious principles.

There are many colleges in the country that you may not realize have religious affiliations. For example, Notre Dame and Georgetown are both Catholic. Brandeis University and Yeshiva University are both Jewish. Bringham Young is Mormon and Earlham College is Quaker. If you are curious about whether a school has religious affiliations, check out the mission statement. The mission statement will clue you in on whether the school is affiliated at all, whether or not is historic only, and how the affiliation impacts academic and social aspects of college.

If a college's religious affiliation is historic only, that means the school was established by a religious group or organization but that the religion does alter campus life in any major way. Some religiously affiliated schools hold mandatory worship services for students to attend. So the involvement of faith varies from one religiously affiliated school to another. It's crucial to check out the school's religious mission to be sure you'll be happy and comfortable with how faith is included in the education system.

If you're worried about the quality of academics at a religious school... don't. Your education will be equal to one you'd receive at a secular school. There may be slight differences in how subject matter is approached, but there is no "Christian algebra" vs. "secular algebra." In addition, religious schools offer a large variety of majors and minors, sports, volunteer opportunities, student organizations and activities, and everything else that secular institutes offer.

Students at religiously affiliated schools are often very serious about their education and focus more on their education goals as opposed to engaging in drugs, binge drinking, and other risky behavior. Religious schools have a high satisfaction and retention rate. The major difference between religiously-affiliated schools and secular schools is that at a religous college there is much more support for your faith. Your religion can become a more integral part of your education and daily life on campus.


For more info on Christian colleges and universities, click here.
For more info on schools affiliated with the Jewish faith, click here.
For more info on Catholic colleges, click here.


Anonymous said…
I have a friend who wants to go to Brigham Young, but she is Mormon. I could never go to a religious school, just isn't my cup of tea.


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