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BJU was a good experience for me, but I would not send my child there. Although they make a good case for their academics in terms of all schools put into a huge single category by comparison, BJU still is not competitive against schools like Duke or UNC or NC State. They never were all that diverse, but increasingly over the last two decades, they have adopted a more isolated, Dispensationalist hegemony that is, at once, both theologically over-simplistic and pragmatically unsupportable in real life. You simply will not be able to stretch your wings at BJU. They place far too many restrictions on music, art, writing, theology (even Biblical, historically Protestant theology), and the ever present politics. The school is less and less able to prepare students for what life is really like, and it inefficiently trains students to deal calmly, cheerfully, lovingly, and with faith in Christ in the face of the constant changes that are going on in American society. You have to step into the past when you attend BJU, and then you have to stay there. That is no longer a workable solution. As good as my experience was at BJU, more than 20 years ago, the school is not longer worth the money and time to attend. You can do better by going to a state school and getting/staying involved in a good church and a good campus fellowship.
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