Bob Jones University
Bob Jones University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||24|
|Avg years at University||4.5|
|Research Quality||B (6.9)|
|Research Availability||B (7.1)|
|Research Funding||B- (6.4)|
|Graduate Politics||B+ (7.7)|
|Not Errand Runners||B+ (7.7)|
|Degree Completion||B+ (8.0)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B+ (7.8)|
|Sufficient Pay||B (7.1)|
|Education Quality||B+ (8.0)|
|Faculty Accessibility||A- (8.5)|
|Useful Research||B+ (7.9)|
|"Individual" treatment||B+ (7.7)|
|Campus Beauty||A (9.4)|
|Campus Maintenance||A (9.0)|
|University Spending||B+ (8.0)|
|Scholastic Success||B+ (8.0)|
|Surrounding City||A- (8.7)|
|Social Life/ Environment||B- (6.1)|
BJU plays to the rich crowd and big city churches - and needs to, to keep themselves afloat with the massive overhead in costs to keep the campus going. There are some normal/average students there - some.
Our training seemed more than adequate at the time of graduation. However, MUCH was to be desired for the practical, day-to-day issues were not dealt with. The opressive attitudes toward pastors in churches and their daily challenges was never divulged as we were painted a rosy picture of the ministry for the most part. Problem solving, admitting to faults, dealing with people - were all non-existent. Perhaps that is because the Joneses don't know how to do that themselves.
We also highly esteemed the University and the Joneses as students. However, life and most of all, maturity, opened our eyes to the cultic allegiance we were trained to have for our "Dr. Bob" and whatever he said, was the height of Truth and wisdom. Sadly, many our age and well beyond our years still maintain the total til death do us part allegiance to BJU and the Joneses - no matter what they do. They feed on the attention and obedience of their facutly, staff and graduates. We have spent many years shedding the callousness and pharisaical attitudes ingrained in us by the Joneses and many of the Faculty and Staff. Without question, many of the Faculty were awesome folks and fantastic people - but almost all are blindly loyal to "Dr. Bob." We have, through time, seen the hypocrisy and total arrogance of the Joneses to uphold their positions as Truth only to turn from the very same teachings and deny them for the sake of politicians and public perception. Our children will not be attending - thankfully - nor those we know around us and away from us here. Thankfully we have been delivered from the control of a domineering, caustic, hateful and spiritually immature Jones family who manipulates people through threats, villifies them in letters and in pulpits!
The rules are a trial for some. That really comes down to your perspective. If you set out to live life "your way" and resist all forms of authority in your life, you'll hate it here. However, if you're willing to learn self-discipline (and self-denial), you'll find BJU to be possibly the best thing that's ever happened to you. Although there are some exceptions (and no, I don't like all the rules either), most of them are reasonable guidelines set up to protect students from each other and from themselves, and from making stupid decisions before they've sufficiently matured. (Here's a hint: If you fight the rules and say you're mature enough to make decisions on your own, you're probably not.) Anyway, it's a great place to get a great education with a Biblical Foundation that will put you in good stead for life. Just come prepared to live with some restrictions for a while, and come with a heart and mind open to God's leading in your life.
regulating the comings and going of people over the age of 18 is wrong and the cultural gap between us make it impossible for me to get accross how strange that is to me.
take responsibility for your own actions and your own growth(and find a nice liberal art college *wink*)Richard (Ireland)
There is normally one of three responses to being a student at BJU. 1. Great growth in the Lord because of a tender heart toward His Word. 2. Becoming almost indifferent or used to the things of the Lord because of a heart that is not totally submissive to the Lord's Word. 3. Hostility toward the school because of a heart that is a rebel against the Lord.
There is no doubt in my mind that BJU is being used by the Lord and is a great place for anyone that desires the same personally.
If you love God and seek to honor Him, you won't have a problem with the rules at BJU. If you don't, then you will. It is that simple. Yes, they are tedious sometimes, but look at the bigger picture--the education you get is one without a humanistic worldview! For a Christian, that should make all the difference in the world.
Much is made of accreditation, as well. I have only one thing to say about this. Look at the facts. Over the last 5 years, the national average of students accepted into Medical school from undergraduate premed programs is approximagtely 40%; while at BJU, the average accepted into Med school is 60%. The BJU degree will not hinder someone. (A caveat to Christians: if you have faith in God, will this even be an issue to you?)My time here has been great, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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