Where Should I go to College?

From the desk of Dr. Ward, Director of Campus Life & Ministry:

Although I have this conversation with students throughout the senior year, as we approach graduation, the question, “Where should I go to college?” becomes more intense for students who are still undecided. Here is a summary of advice.

What doors do you want to open? Among other things, degrees open doors. So where do you want to go with your life? What opportunities do you want to make possible? How will this school help (or hinder) you pursuing those goals?

Think “better fit” instead of “better school.” When I was deciding where to go to seminary, I visited two different schools. The first school I visited was impressive, with great professors and distinguished graduates, and so I anticipated attending there. However, at the urging of a friend, I also visited a different school. When I walked on campus and met the professors, I was impressed with the feeling that the school community seemeed like a good “fit” for me. Added to that, I could attend there without taking on student debt. With those two factors in mind, I chose the second school.

Include prayer with your decision making. I’ve written about this before, but I can’t say enough about being sensitive to God’s direction. Pray. Read scripture. Ask the opinion of mature believers. Consider your circumstances. And after doing all that, you might just find a “gut” response or a strong sense of direction for your “heart.” Trust that leading to be from God’s Spirit.

Best wishes, seniors and families, as you make this important decision.