The short list

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  1. Refreshed

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    I am currently shopping for colleges so I can finish my college education. I am aiming for a master's degree with the possibility of a doctorate. I figure if I don't get started now (26 years old), I never will. I already have enough credits to fulfill the general education requirements for just about any program (112 at a Southern Baptist College several years ago).

    Here is my short list for colleges I'm taking a look at. Cedarville would be on the list, but I can't afford it.

    1. BBC Springfield.
    2. Crown College of the Bible.
    3. Piedmont Baptist College.
    4. Pillsbury Baptist Bible College.
    5. Maranatha Baptist Bible College.

    BBC Springfield - good tuition cost, low cost of living in the Springfield area, and I have lived in, am familiar with, and have family in the area. I am curious as to the quality of this academic program and professors at this college.

    Maranatha - apparently a good pastoral ministries program, fairly expensive compared to BBC Springfield.

    Pillsbury - close to the same cost as Maranatha. Have read some good things about Pillsbury.

    Piedmont - seems like a really sound college, but kind of small (around 300 students), but I do like their Missionary Flight Program of whatever it is called. Nearly the same cost as Pillsbury and Maranatha.

    Crown College - I realize this school is not accredited, but the cost is pretty good, and it seems like a decent place to get a Bible degree, just not sure about advancing to a Master's from there.

    My wife and I truly feel the Lord is leading me to college and we want to be cautious in choosing a college. Any help you could provide on these five colleges would be appreciated, positive or negative. Any personal experience?

    Thanks,

    Jason

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  2. Dr. Bob

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    Jason - Maranatha BBC is fully accredited by North Central Accrediting, not lesser groups of accrediting (for bible schools or trans-national).

    When I attended, then went on to University of Wisconsin, there was no problem. I would urge you to consider this. Also, the core curriculum (including 30+ Bible credits among a rigorous academic offering) is highest quality.

    All three of my children attended MBBC in the 90's and as a father, I was pleased.

    BTW, I taught at Pillsbury BBC and it is an EXCELLENT school. It is small and intimate with a loving and caring faculty (now that I'M gone) and much less expensive than Maranatha.

    Weigh carefully all the options. PM me if you have questions. (I know about the other schools you mentioned as possible choices, but not for public consumption.)
     
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    Don't let the cost at Cedarville deter you. Financial aid is there when people strongly want to go to a school. Don't give up!

    Other than that, heed Dr. Bob's advice. I can also recommend a Bible college or two that are fully accredited. Boyce College of the Bible (www.sbts.edu then click on Boyce College) or Clear Creek Baptist Bible College (www.ccbbc.edu) should be checked out.
     
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    Boyce looks like a fine college, thanks for the website, but it's affiliated with the SBC. Also, since I'm not an SBC church member, It's almost as much as Cedarville.

    I'll take a look at CCBBC next.

    Jason
     
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    CCBBC is also affiliated with SBC. How do these two colleges (CCBBC and Boyce) compare to, say Pillsbury in terms of the conservative/liberal spectrum? I also couldn't find what tuition costs at CCBBC. Nice campus, though, and I've always liked Kentucky. I considered going back to the college where I started my degree, but looking back, it was pretty liberal.

    Thanks,

    Jason
     
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    I would also highly recommend that you check out Southeastern College at Wake Forest. It is the college that shares the campus with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary here in Wake Forest, NC. You can't beat the price--God bless Cooperative Program of the SBC!
     
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    I am a graduate of Piedmont Baptist College & I highly recommend the school. Last year, one of my seminary profs was on the road to recruit at various colleges (including a couple that you mentioned). He was not that familiar with Piedmont but was impressed with the high academic credentials of the faculty.

    Whatever school you choose, I would check with them as to how much of your previous schooling they will accept. Some schools will want you to retake classes you have already had so that you can get their "unique perspective".

    God bless!
     
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    Well, Crown and Piedmont (sorry swaimj) are out. Crown, because I could not get a grant and there are better schools academically, and Piedmont because of a combination of factors (location being the primary one).

    Southern Baptist schools are out because I am not Southern Baptist and that makes these schools really expensive. Besides that, I was saved out of the Southern Baptist Convention (I was actually attending a Southern Baptist Church when I was saved but am now an Indy Fundie through and through). ;) [​IMG] :eek:

    That leaves:
    1. Maranatha BBC. The school seems to have an excellent academic program and is about the right size. Cost would be prohibitive because I would have to live off-campus.
    2. Pillsbury BBC. The academics at this school appear to be excellent. I would have to live off-campus and cost-of-living seems to be very high in this part of the country (have my wife and child to think about).
    3. BBC Springfield. Haven't heard much on the academic program, would like input on this, but will start another thread. Price is reasonable and they have on-campus married student housing. Springfield has a low cost-of-living. I'm not a member of the BBFI and don't know much about it, so there is hesitation.

    Anyone willing to give me a big scholarship to go to one of the first two? Anyone? Anyone? Awww, nevermind.

    Jason
     
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    Jason, I do not know where your theological convictions lie, but have you looked at Bob Jones, Pensacola Christian, or Tennessee Temple? They seem to have programs very similar to the schools you are looking at. Keep in mind, though, that this is in no way a personal endorsement of BJU, PCC, or TTU.

    You might also look into Union University in Tennessee. Unlike other church-related colleges, they actively and intentionally incorporate a Christian worldview into every academic major, and across campus life as a whole.
     
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    Or there is a school within a six hour drive of you (I don't know what part of Arizona you live in but six hours ought to get you from Bisbee to Tempe). International Baptist College in Tempe is a fully accredited ministry of Tri-City Baptist Church. It is a small school. But its academics are top drawer.
     
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    Heritage Baptist University! Look at this University's Website:
    HBU's website
     
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    What are you wanting to major in?
     
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    I want a school with a pre-theological track (or equivalent) so I can go on to get my Master's degree if so desired.

    Jason
     

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