|Students who got into SAGU say:|
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| | SAGU has an open enrollment policy, meaning that basically anyone is accepted. However, they are strongly biased toward those who profess to be spirit-filled Christians. If you are of another faith or consider yourself to be atheist, you will be looked upon condescendingly by most of the people there (students, staff, faculty, and administration). The Assemblies of God Church is certainly not a church that practices grace, and the school shares this history. It will not be a good fit for you unless you are heavily entrenched in the A/G doctrine.
There is practically no requirements to get in to SAGU. If you have the money, you are in.
| Music - Performance|
| Sep 18 2009 |
My SAGU applications - once for the time I actually attended, another a few years later, when I decided not to return - consisted of typical demographic and personal information, then a referral from a pastor - so you have to have a pastor to whom you have access to come here. They are given a questionnaire to fill out and return to the school that includes a section where they indicate whether they would recommend you or not, where "yes, but with hesitation" is also an option for them to check. There is space for comment (which preachers usually love to do, since they speak for a living), and a few questions for them. Then, there is your part of the questionairre, which is almost fair - when did you become a Christian, describe your conversion experience, do you believe in...(a list of things that confirm alignment to the school's beliefs, which are not unreasonable since you have a choice of where to go), and asking if you agree to live by the rules of the school, adhere to the doctrines, and endeavor to pursue a Biblical relationship with Christ to the best of your ability - fair and enough. But then they go a little too far: Within the last 3 years, have you used tobacco, alcohol, or pornography? Date of discontinuance__________. Firstly, pornography is not the same type of issue as alcohol or tobacco. Essentially, the former two are substance abuse/dependence issues, typically visible to others, and not really all that common to people who would choose to attend an outwardly Bible-focused university. Statistically speaking, pornography is a far-reaching addiction, exacerbated by its concealable, private nature. Alcohol and tobacco can be their own issues, but pornographic usage is merely an extension of lust, a much deeper, universal, more primal and natural element of the human condition than the urge to smoke or drink (I've done all and worse, I know). It would be enough to check a box agreeing not to do these things, but to ask when you did them last is inappropriate and invasive. Reasons giving for asking when I inquired? "We want to help you if we can." A university is there to help me get an education. "Reputation of school/students." There are far too many things a student/alumni can do to mar the reputation of that school to narrow it down to these three. And what about those who would lie? I answered honestly the first time I attended, and was admitted without further questions - and they weren't all "no." I personally have known several students and alumni who have lied about that question - it deals with something far too serious and severe to put a check in a box to enroll in school. For morality issues, there are so many more things that can be - and are being done - that are immoral, including sins harder to define yet far more visible and effectual such as arrogance, pride and complacency. This is the question I decided not to answer the second time around - on principal - and was denied admission. After professing my faith in Christ and the Bible, giving a detailed account of my conversion experience, detailing my current church involvement, declaring my beliefs to be aligned with the schools, and a positive review from my pastor - to whom I had gone for counseling, and who wrote detailed comments in the referral - agreeing to abide by the rules and endeavor to live according to the beliefs of my faith and the school and agreeing to avoid these behaviors (others should have been listed as well) should have been enough. What if the agreement to avoid was a lie? Again, what male that is struggling with pornography - and again, let's not ignore how statistically pervasive the issue is among males, including those in ministry - is going to feel comfortable telling their college about their struggle? What about greed? Other manifestations of lust? Over-eating? Pride? Lack of compassion/love for each other? A judgemental or self-righteous spirit? A refusal to be self-reflective? All great issues, none of which have to be confessed - or can be policed - by the University the student has chosen to attend. If you're struggling with something, and don't feel comfortable sharing it, stay away from the "purity" of SAGU. Go to some non-Christian college where you won't be encouraged to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
| Religion/Religious|| Mar 07 2008 | Anyone can get into SAGU, which is not a good thing.