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| I enjoyed my experience at BBC. It has been said that we get what we look for, and I was fully expecting a great time. The facutly was especially helpful - opening their homes for studying/hanging out, giving good advice, and just simply being there for us when we needed them. |
As an off-campus student, it was a bit more difficult to get involved with the rest of campus, but not inpossible. I found some of the rules out-dated, but overall, many helped me build discipline that has helped me do very well in my field of endeavor. I would rather someone hold the bar high rather than basically say "whatever" when it comes to discipline. Many parents would agree too that the organization is there to look after their son or daughter while they foot the bill!
While a small school, they work very hard at doing things well. The school's purpose is to equip us for full-time ministry, not to help us get high-paying jobs, so much of the focus is on helping us see the example of serving others - really, one of the most important things in life that we'll ever attempt to learn.
As far as the student body, I do not like to generalize. No matter where you go, there will be both those you like and those you don't. I get along with almost everyone - maybe even popular - but found that there were groups that stuck together to the exclusion of others. This is just normal life for those in their late-teens and early-twenties. I've been to a lot of campuses though, and this is one of the most caring student-bodies out there.
Academically, I did well, being on either the merit list or deans list almost every semester. It is not the grades that matter though, but rather how much we each personally put into the work. Some found it easy to get good grades, while many did not. There is much beneath the surface of a good education, and I feel I found it there.
I plan to go back for some more classes when the opportunity presents itself.
| Starting Job: marketing assistant, Preparedness: B, Reputation: B+ |
|Aug 06 2007|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| BBC is a good school only if you are planning to go into some form of full-time Christian ministry. Basically, if you go to BBC and change your mind, the degree isn't worth much in the "real world" (think factory job). However, they do offer accredited degrees, which is a bonus compared to some Christian colleges.|
As for the student life, if you commute, you are nothing on campus--you have no social life at all! Everything revolves around living in the dorms. This is a fundamental flaw; there ought to be more equal social opportunities for commuters as well as those living on campus.
Also, while some students are friendly, the student body overall is "upper class white". Be prepared for kids in Abercrombie with expensive cars whose parents are footing a lot of the educational bill (Seriously, half of the girls in my dorm never worked a day while they were in college). Of course, the popular students are the ones with all the free time because they don't have to work.
The rules are not over-bearing, but the Office for Student Development is still operating in some ways as if it is 1950. The Resident Assistants fill out these little papers on the students every week (at least they did this in the 1990's), where they can write ridiculous things based entirely on their own observations. Every problem is also "read into" way too much--and often interpreted as a spiritual issue when it may not be. Another issue is the girls are treated MUCH more strictly than the guys.
Thankfully, you are free to choose your own church to attend within certain guidelines. They do require "ministry credits". While I understand the concept, why force someone to do ministry? It seems to defeat the purpose in doing it. Just my opinion.
Academically, I found it easy to get A's and B's. Some students had a harder time; so I guess it depends what learning style you have, and what classes you are taking.
The campus is very beautiful, and the dorms have been remodeled recently. I am all for Christian education, but if I had to do it over again I would opt for a liberal-arts Christian university such as Cedarville or Liberty.
|Apr 07 2007|| 4th Year Female --
Class 1998 |
| Baptist Bible College is a Ministry school. Period. I would not recommend you go there unless you plan to directly work in the area of your major. Face it, a BS in theology is basically "BS" to the rest of the world.|
BBC is a good school. Some of the professors are know-it-alls, but most are honest, sincere, and down-to-earth. If you are not a dispensational, pre-mill, pre-trib Baptist, you may have a little bit of a hard time keeping your professors happy with your theological position.No college can prepare you for the real world of ministry, but BBC does a great job of preparing you academically.
|Feb 07 2005|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |