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Valley Forge Christian College

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Having read reviews about this school (11 yearsQuite BrightPsychology
Having read reviews about this school (11 years later) I see that I was not alone in being afraid. But at the time I believed that I could not talk with anyone and that I was isolated in my anxiety. I believe that my school experience hindered my relationship with God, cultivated extreme guilt and fear, and left me traumatized. If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have gone - scholarship money isn't a good enough reason to try and survive in a hostile environment. Here is the biggest thing that I am still in therapy for: I was sexually assulted, and believed that I could not report it, because I would be punished. What kind of a culture is it, where victims are blamed and shamed? I am embarrassed to say I went to this school, and regret it deeply. I did the best I could with what I knew at the time, but still bear the scars. If you have any secular beliefs, any openmindedness, or are in any way considered "deviant" from a conservative Evangelical view, do not go here.
4th Year Female -- Class 2007
Faculty Accessibility: A, Innovation: F
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If I could do it all over again,Quite BrightOther
If I could do it all over again, I'd do it differently.
Currently on my way out of University of Valley Forge. Graduating with a high GPA, was heavily involved in my time at the College/University.

I used to tell people that if they were looking to go to school for ministry, Valley Forge would be the place to go, but not to attend if it was for the purpose of any other liberal arts degree. But, now I change my tune to say that I will tell anyone I am close to to stay away from this school.

Professors, for the most part, are great, and I hate to see that they are dragged down to working at this school when they are so brilliant and care so much about the students. This is the reason I used to tell people to come to this school for ministry. However, the past few years have been rough on the university, and much of it has been self-inflicted. Administration does not know how to manage a university, causing the little/no money had by the university to be spent in the wrong ways. The school is not only having retention problems when it comes to student population, but now they are even losing professors!

A classic example of this would be the university's Youth Ministry Program. In my three and a half years at the university thus far, the youth program has gone through three "Youth Specialists," meaning that every student in that program has had to deal with a program overhaul every year, putting them in that awkward and non-productive "rebuilding" phase.

I also used to be one to vouch for the Student Life department at this campus, thinking that they were sincerely only around to help students and give a good experience. But, I have joined the majority of students who now really only feel that Student Life exists to be the Spiritual Police and hand out fines for any small infraction to the Student Handbook. (Let it be known that I have been a student who has never received disciplinary action for breaking rules, and I still find them to be suffocating). I know many students who feel that they need to "take a break" from ministry or working with a church after they are done with this place, simply because they feel that they cannot live under a microscope that is looking for a reason to discipline them any longer.

I would have transferred out of this school when I had the chance, but most of my credits would not be accepted by most colleges/universities, meaning I would have had to stay in school for 5-6 years in order to receive a B.A.

The classes are not even slightly challenging. I understand the "you get what you put into it" mantra, which is slightly true, and I have done exactly that with the professors that are available, but honestly, it does not take effort to pass classes with B's and A's. I have had a professor say to me, "Honestly, I am only a few weeks ahead of you in this material, they just needed someone to cover this class." If that doesn't make you feel like the $30,000 price tag is worth it, I don't know what will. If I could go back and do it again, I would have chosen to go to a university with a reputation, maybe even in a different field other than ministry, and went on to seminary from that point. I try really hard not to be bitter towards this place, but it seems to be difficult based on the hypocrisy and double standards that I have seen and been subjected to. Things feel more like a "Do as you're told, not as you've seen" attitude.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2016
Surrounding City: B, Useful Schoolwork: F
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I went here for 3 years.Quite Bright
I went here for 3 years. I met some genuinely amazing friends and some genuinely horrible people. It was disappointing to see how much hate could be spewed from a Christian college. Different individuals who were studying to be pastors were the nastiest people I had ever met. They spew hate and arrogance all over facebook and people applaud the hate they spew "in the name of Christ." I love Christ because I believe Christ is loving, and the amount of hate on this campus is disgusting and not of Christ. You are literally treated like a five year old while attending school here. There are so many rules and other students will literally "tattle" on you for the dumbest things. The punishments are ridiculous as well! Some professors are nice and approachable, while others are awful. The main reason you should not attend is not in fact all the awful things I mentioned above, but because their financial aid and student accounts department has to be the worst on the planet. Everyone knows this that attends school there! They messed up my account so many times and I am now in agonizing debt because tuition is ridiculous and because of their many many mistakes. I was also notified of all mistakes every single year, way after any drop dates of classes so I had no choice but to remain in the class that I was unable to pay for. It was a ridiculous and vicious cycle that happened way too often. I left the school two years ago and am still dealing with the mistakes they made to my financial aid and student account. The stress they have caused me is ridiculous and when confronted they do nothing to address the issue except hold your transfer papers or diploma forever and send you to collection agencies despite them being at fault for the mistake to your account. I hate that I went here and am so glad I transferred. If you decide to still attend get ready for tattling students, fake students with a few good ones in the batch, constant mistakes and added debt to your accounts, and the nagging feeling that you are behind in life for being in your early 20's and not married to the first person that comes alone and bats his/her eyes at you.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2013
Friendliness: C, Education Quality: F
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