High school seniors by the thousands are trying to decide where they are going to college in August of 2014.
After my post college and graduate school days, I have lived close to a college campus. Following 150 semester hours of graduate work, I still have a comfortable feeling when I can be with college students, professors, administrators and have deep appreciation for their place in higher education.
It has been my privilege to be associated with campus life as a teacher, Alumni Association president, a mentor for college students and to serve on the university Board of Trustees.
When I was a high school junior, I had heard of only one college, Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. In my senior year, I heard about Anderson University in Anderson, IN. I visited that campus for the first time in June 1948, enrolled in September and now think it is the finest place for a college education in America. Our brothers, sisters and children have also attended there.
What enters into choosing the right college? Here are some suggestions.
1. How close is the campus to where you now live?
2. Does it offer a degree in what you really want to study?
3. What will it cost? Are there scholarships, grants and jobs available?
4. Have you visited the campus and did you like what you saw and the people you met?
Some colleges, also with graduate degree programs, where I have been a guest speaker and highly recommend include the following. Name and phone number listed. I know and deeply appreciate the presidents of these schools.
Anderson University, Anderson, IN, (765-649-9071), Dr. James L. Edwards, President.
Warner University, Lake Wales, FL (863-638-1426), Dr. Gregory V. Hall, President.
Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK, (405-691-3800), Dr. John Fozard, President
Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR, (503-517-1000), Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President.
Begin now to get in touch with the schools in which you have some interest including those close to where you live. The school that wants nothing to do with Jesus Christ and the Bible is a school to avoid.
The first college and university founded in America was Harvard University, in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from the donation of property and library of Rev. John Harvard. The declared purpose of the college was, “To train a literate clergy.”
Historian William J. Federer wrote: “The motto of Harvard was officially, ‘For Christ and the Church.’ ”
Let us all hope that our churches and high schools have prepared our youth to be critical and honest thinkers. Jesus, in His high priestly intercessory prayer, said to His Father, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
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