The Next Steps
This page is specifically for parents of students who attended the 2017 Experience Christendom Summer Program. Hopefully by now, your children have told you many a tale about their time spent on our scenic campus in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This page is meant to give you some of the same insights that your children received in the hopes of giving you more information about Christendom so that your family can make a well-informed decision when it comes time to choosing a college.
Please note: You will find links to the photo albums from each of the 6 one-week sessions at the bottom of this page, as they come available.
Many of the students stated that they are very interested in attending Christendom for their college educational experience. We are happy about that. If you, as the parents, also are interested in having your children attend, then the admissions office wants to do EVERYTHING possible to ensure that your children attend in the fall. In fact, if any of your children want to attend THIS fall (fall 2017), we can work to make that happen, as well. Already, we have had a number of students express an interest in skipping their senior year and attending this fall – and we are working hard to make that happen.
Please note: There will be many who will question your decision to pursue Christendom for your educational needs, and when those objections arise, please refer to the “Objections/Responses” below. Think of them as talking points to defend your decision to apply to and possibly attend Christendom College.
Whatever the case, if your family is excited about the possibility of making a Christendom education a reality, please do not let anything come between you and your goals. The admissions office is here to help with all of your questions – and it is committed to ensuring your child’s enrollment at Christendom – if that is your family’s wish.
Presentations – Intro to Christendom College
During the week long program, students are given 5 presentations by members of the Admissions Team:
- The Value of Studying the Liberal Arts?
- What Alumni from Christendom do with their Liberal Arts Degrees
- Extra-Curricular Opportunities/Study Abroad at Christendom
- The Admissions Timeline and Process
- The Importance of a Christendom Education
Below, are links to PDF versions of the powerpoint presentations that were given, along with a 5-point summary of each presentations. If, after reading the presentations, you have any questions about any of it, please contact Director of Admissions Sam Phillips directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or VP for Enrollment Tom McFadden at email@example.com. They are happy to be of service.
The Value of the Liberal Arts Academic Program Presentation Summary
(Please view the entire presentation – which is in PDF format above – for specific details.):
- Studying the liberal arts is very valuable – in spite of what many might tell you. Do the research, find out the truth about the liberal arts and why the skills gained through studying the liberal arts catapults people ahead of their peers.
- Christendom’s education is the same education received by the scientists, scholars, heroes, and saints that have marked the 2000-year history of Christendom.
- Provides Well-Rounded education – rigorous, time-tested.
- Enables graduates to be Conceptualizers – see the big picture – and to be innovative.
- Christendom’s faculty have impressive resumes and degrees, and the amount of personal attention that they show to the students is quite impressive, and unique.
- The core curriculum, which lasts 2 ½ years, is what enables Christendom grads to excel – the extensive and broad education expands their minds in a powerful way, giving them the edge when it comes time for graduate school or employment.
- Everything is taught from a Catholic perspective, from Catholic professors, in a fully Catholic environment – thus making a Christendom education, truly, a Catholic education.
Alumni & Careers Presentation Summary
- Christendom College Alumni Get Jobs in Every Field Possible, from business to engineering, education to law, public policy to healthcare – nothing gets in their way.
- Many of today’s top CEOs or Founders of top companies have liberal arts degrees
- Delta, Paypal, Sherwin Williams, Starbucks, CNN, Youtube, Disney, Xerox, etc.
- Most people (73%) don’t work in the field in which they majored, so no need to pick a college based on a major that you think is going to enable you to work in that field – probably won’t happen.
- 93% of employers agree that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major
- Christendom does a lot to help students with their career choices and connects students to alumni network
- When choosing a college, it’s important to focus on your end goals – happiness, success, heaven
- Christendom alumni find jobs easily and are accepted to top grad schools
- Christendom’s education helps you stay Catholic, gain wisdom, get good friends, find vocation, get a broadened worldview, and get a good job – and hopefully help you get to Heaven
Extra-Curricular/Study Abroad Activities Presentation Summary
- Christendom’s manageable size enables students to take part in many more activities than they would be able to at a larger university. At Christendom, students do not just watch or attend activities, they lead them and get involved in them.
- Christendom has a very accessible athletic program for many students – high level of competition, yet focus in on being a student first, athlete second. Students can even play two varsity sports, without sacrificing the full college experience.
- The college has a wide variety of opportunities in the arts, from theatrical performances, to musical and dance shows. Students provide the entertainment on campus, and can gain great experience in the arts while at Christendom.
- There are many clubs and student activities for students to lead or participate in, everything from swing dance to pro-life, chess to Irish dance, debate to journalism, art to yearbook. Students can gain real-life leadership experiences, which will help when it comes time to write a resume.
- Students can take part in a semester abroad in Rome; a summer program in Ireland; or a spring break mission trip to places such as Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and other such places.
Admissions Process Presentation Summary
- We are a very customer-friendly office, dedicated to responding to your questions and comments in a very timely fashion – never hesitate to contact us about anything related to applying or attending Christendom College, or even if you have questions about other colleges and how they compare to Christendom.
- The application timeline for the Fall 2018 begins in August and ends on May 1
- Admissions Director Sam Phillips is your main contact regarding applications
- Admissions Requirements to be Accepted to Christendom College
- Standardized test scores, transcripts, letter of recommendation, and essay
- ECSP students have special opportunity – apply by October 1, get answer by October 15.
- Students should come back to visit in the fall – while school is in session
- Making a Christendom Education Affordable
- We have many offerings to meet the financial needs of our students (many of whom who come from large families, with one income) – especially the Scholarship Price Match Program
Importance of a Christendom Education Presentation Summary
- The culture has been rapidly getting worse by way of faith and morals over the past 5 years – and it looks like it’s going to continue to get worse during your college years.
- Colleges changes lives – it is a decision that can affect you for good or bad forever – big decision.
- 80% of those who leave the faith do so between the ages of 18-23 (college age)
- There are now more unbelievers attending college than at any time in recent history – and these folks will work to bring you down to their level
- God is calling you to greatness – to help Him re-Christianize the culture.
- You need to have lived in a Catholic culture to replace the current one with a Catholic worldview
- You need to be able to help God by being well-educated in the important aspects of life, so that you can be ready to answer your call to greatness.
- If not you? Who? If not now? When?
- You are one of a few who have been given a most wonderful experience to spend time living at Christendom – do not waste this experience, and maybe God is calling you to attend.
- Don’t let people sway you from your decision and call to attend.
- Understand the reasons for your desires, and defend them ; stay committed to your call.
- The end result of life is death – and hopefully happiness – let Christendom College help you to achieve this end – become like one of the counselors.
Responses to the Most Popular Objections to Attending Christendom
There are many who are unimpressed with the power of a liberal arts degree, or who scoff at the idea of going to a small college with only 7 majors (history, philosophy, theology, classics, English, math, and political science and economics). These naysayers can be found at home, at family reunions, in college counselor offices, in classrooms, on the sports field, and at church. If your family is interested in having members attend Christendom College, please know that you will receive a lot of push back, and many questions about your decision to pursue greatness at Christendom. The following objections and responses are meant to give you some “talking points” when confronted with your decision to possibly attend Christendom College.
OBJECTION #1: “Christendom College? I never heard of it. It has only 480 students? Really? If I haven’t heard of it, nobody has heard of it, and I can guarantee you that even less can pronounce its name! What a waste of time. You should go a well-known school, with a lot of prestige. That will help you out in the end, and prepare you better for success in your career.”
RESPONSE #1: Christendom College has been helping its students achieve their goals and dreams for 40 years. Yes, it is smaller, but its success often lies in the fact that the faculty and staff can have many more personal relationships with the students. The more people can be known by name, the better the chances of helping them to achieve success – both on campus and post-graduation. Christendom’s education gives students the soft skills they need to excel beyond their peers (communication and analytical skills). Christendom offers a robust career development program which includes resume and cover letter writing courses, instruction on dining etiquette, introduction to the college’s vast alumni and friends network, and a very good alumni mentoring program. Students are well prepared to enter graduate school, and the college even helps with the cost to take an online prep course and the test fee itself. Many students have the opportunity to take on internships in the DC area over the summer, and through on-campus work and volunteer positions, students are able to improve their resumes and build confidence in their work and leadership abilities. There are many colleges who are unknown to many people. Unless someone goes to an Ivy League or well-known state school, the fact that nobody has heard the name of the college does not take away from a person’s ability to get an interview and land a great job. Christendom has its alumni statistics as proof that, in spite of the fact that many have never heard of it, they can get great jobs and work their way up the ladder of success. The bottom line is that earning a degree from Christendom in the liberal arts will expand your mind in such a powerful way that you will be able to master any subject matter or vocation with ease and success. It’s a proven formula for success and has been going on for centuries. Christendom’s education is time-tested and rigorous, and is the best preparation for life.
OBJECTION #2: “You cannot get a job with a liberal arts degree. Period. Everything is about STEM nowadays. English, philosophy, and history majors cannot succeed and will end up in the unemployment lines. Spending that much money to get a useless education is just plain stupid.”
RESPONSE #2: Christendom alumni are employed in every field: medicine, nursing, architecture, business, marketing, graphic arts, engineering, editing, education, and everything in between. Employers are looking for certain abilities in their new hires: critical thinking, analytical skills, excellent communication skills, and the ability to be innovative. These skills are acquired through Christendom’s liberal arts education. The majority of Christendom alumni are not working in their fields of study. In fact, 73% of people today are not working in their educational fields, so no matter what the major, it does not seem to have a big effect on what type of career field people go in to. The liberal arts education received at Christendom helps expand the students’ intellects in such a powerful way that they are able to master any vocation with ease – and 93% of employers are looking for this in their new employees. Christendom alumni get decent paying jobs ($40K average) upon graduation and then work their ways up the ladder until, in most cases, they have reach upper management. If this is too hard to believe, just do a little research on Google to find out the truth about the power of a liberal arts degree in the workforce today.
OBJECTION #3: “I’ve heard that Christendom College is like some type of Catholic bubble, where everyone is Catholic and the courses are taught from a Catholic point of view, and there are no objectionable speakers invited to campus, and there are no student groups in opposition to the Church. What kind of college experience is that? College is supposed to give you a broadened worldview and help you understand the world and all that goes on it. This can’t happen in ‘Catholic land.’”
RESPONSE #3: All colleges are insular bubble-esque places in that they are not real, but rather, are unnatural, contrived experiences. Christendom’s bubble is a Catholic one, which means that the Faith affects all of the many aspects that occur on campus – academics, social, religious, moral, recreational, etc. Everyone is at Christendom to learn the Truth and to do their best to live it. At a large state school, the bubble is one of secular hedonism, where truth is relative and everyone has the right to do what they want, when they want, with whomever they want. At Christendom, the students are not immersed in secularism, but they certainly learn about the many problems in today’s culture, and study the reasons for these problems, and learn about the solutions to them. They do only hear from Catholic or conservative speakers and guests, but these speakers often times discuss their experiences dealing with the “other side,” and give insights that are beneficial for the students who are planning on being “in the world” but not “of the world.” Christendom students are given a broadened worldview through their exposure to other cultures through study-abroad opportunities. They get to understand the poor and the needy through missionary activity. They confront the culture of death, face-to-face, while praying outside abortion clinics. Christendom students certainly learn about the world, but they are able to still grow in wisdom, virtue, and holiness at Christendom – without having to be on the defensive all of the time. They don’t just survive college – they thrive. Students who attend the secular hedonism bubble schools have to wade through filth to arrive at graduation with their faith intact. They are on the defensive constantly, and their morals and virtues are beaten down at every moment by many people. Their beliefs are questioned and their lifestyles challenged, and sometimes this ends up being too much too handle, and they stop practicing the faith (80% of those who leave the faith do so between the ages of 18-23), all while paying the institution tuition, room, board, and fees. When people wish to go to war, they must first go to boot camp and be around all like-minded military personnel so that they can learn the latest trends of their enemies – how they eat, how they sleep, how they talk, how they dress, how they think, how they fight, what their weapons of choice are, where they live, where they hide, and everything in between. Nobody would say anything derogatory about Marines training at Quantico or Paris Island. Christendom students are preparing for the great culture war that awaits them, and they need all the training they can get – in an authentic Catholic culture, without the interference and distraction of the world. That is how they will become the leaders in the New Evangelization and help to restore all things in Christ.
OBJECTION #4: “Since the college is so small, and in the country, it’s gotta be boring. One of the best parts of going to college is getting involved in all of the many activities on campus, including the sports culture. You will miss out on many opportunities. There are certain key formative experiences that you would have at a bigger college—such as study abroad, sports, theater, internships, etc—that you wouldn’t be able to have at Christendom.”
RESPONSE #4: There is nothing boring about going to Christendom. There are so many groups, clubs, and activities that if you actually did all of the things that were offered, there is a good chance you would fail out! Not only are there many things going on, but the best part is that YOU can actually be a part of them – rather than merely a spectator on the sidelines. At large schools, since the competition is so fierce, it is hard to serve on student government, or to lead a club, or to take part on the varsity sports teams. At Christendom, students of all majors can take part in theatrical shows, play on the varsity USCAA sports teams, run for offices on students government, assist with event planning for the over 100 events put on each year, play in the intramurals, or perform at one of the many variety shows on campus. Students can go to Rome for a semester, spend three weeks in Ireland during the summer, or spend a week doing missionary work over Spring break. Students can volunteer to do works of mercy in the local town, or travel to nearby Washington, DC, to feed and clothe the homeless. Although Christendom doesn’t have an overriding sports culture, the college community does like to cheer on its team, and the Christendom Crazies, as some of the most vocal fans are called, lead the charge. Christendom’s teams are not in the NCAA, but they often play teams in Div. I or II, and sometimes beat them! Rugby is a real popular sport to watch, as is women’s softball, and men’s and women’s soccer. The location being in the Shenandoah Valley gives students many opportunities to hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains or to enjoy the Shenandoah Rive. Students can easily drive to DC in an hour and take in the museums, shows at the Kennedy Center, or various sporting or music events at the Verizon Center. No matter what, there is something for everyone to do – it is never boring. As far as internships go, the college has many connections with various political organizations and think-tanks in the DC area which gives students great internship opportunities over the summer months.
OBJECTION #5: “Christendom has a lot of restrictive rules – like no intervisitation between men and women in their dorms, no alcohol on campus (except at officially sponsored events), no wifi in the dorms, professional dress code for class, and other such things. You should go to a college that recognizes you as an adult, and allows you to make your own choices in these matters.”
RESPONSE #5: Christendom does have a number of rules and regulations governing student life that other colleges do not have. But these rules are not meant to be restrictive, but rather, give the students the freedom to become the best persons they can become – similar to the 10 Commandments, in that if we follow these laws of God, we will attain happiness. Many colleges have no policies governing student interaction in the residence halls – and bad things happen. Many colleges have no filtering devices or limits to the use of the internet, and bad things happen. The rules prohibiting alcohol in the residence halls are meant to provide a better sense of community, rather than a party atmosphere, as found at many colleges. And the professional dress code is meant to elevate the fact that going to class and studying are an important aspect of the students’ lives. When students go to colleges that have no such policies, and are given the opportunity to make their own choices, unfortunately, due to their fallen human natures, they often choose the easy way, which is not always the best and right way. It is no wonder that 80%of students who leave the faith do so during the ages of 18-23 (the college years). With little moral direction being given, and the majority of those attending college caring little about religion, truth, or God, it is difficult for good, moral, faithful Catholics to maintain their identities in the practice of the faith. At Christendom, even with our rules and regulations, there are still plenty of students who choose to disregard the policies, and endure the sanctions for doing so. There is no guarantee of perfection, either on Christendom’s campus or elsewhere, but the fact that we have these policies in place assists the students in their pursuit of holiness and greatness.
OBJECTION #6: “Christendom is too expensive. We have only one income, with 6 children, and we can’t take out a second mortgage on house for the education of our children. We have to send them to a local community college or state school. We are adverse to having our children accumulate debt.”
RESPONSE #6: Private education is not always affordable for everyone. But Christendom’s average family is one income, 6.1 children, and we are able to make it an affordable investment for them. Always knowing that it is not going to be the cheapest option, families see the value of investing in their children’s future, because of the results of the Christendom education as evidenced by our alumni statistics. We always encourage anyone who is interested in our time-tested liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview in an authentically Catholic culture to try us out for one year. Just about anyone can afford Christendom for one year. If after that time, you sees the benefits, then we can work with you to try and make it work out financially. Christendom has loans, grants, scholarships, sibling discounts, and much more, including a unique Scholarship Price Match Program where students who received academic scholarship from other 4-year Catholic colleges can submit the paperwork to have Christendom cost the same as the other school. In general, it saves students on average of $9500/year. As far as debt goes, it is almost impossible to go to a private college and not accumulate debt – unless your parents are wealthy or you are a trust-fund kid. Most families see that accumulating $30K-$35K in debt is worth it, and knowing that their children are going to end up doing well in a career, and making good money later on, there is no worry about paying off that debt. Of course, nobody believes that taking on $60-$100K in debt for college is a good thing, and we would advise against that for everyone.
OBJECTION #7: “Haven’t you already studied a broad Catholic liberal arts curriculum in high school? Why would you want to continue to study the same things for the next four years. You should go to college to get a technical/professional degree, since you’ve already had a liberal arts education.”
RESPONSE #7: Although you may have read some of the same books, recited some of the same poems, gone over some of the same history lessons that are offered at Christendom, there is a very good chance that a second “reading” of them would be a benefit to you – particularly as you grow from youth to adult. If a liberal arts education was good for high school, it is even more beneficial to study the liberal arts in college – in a lived community – where the teachers are your mentors and friends, and your classmates are all studying the same topics, which makes the conversations even that much better. In high school, you can only touch on some of these topics. In college, you can delve deeper into the areas of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, and graduate with a deeper understanding of the biggest questions in life. Technical knowledge is important for some career fields, and that is where graduate school comes in. A college education is meant to be an education – not a training ground.
OBJECTION #8: “Since Christendom College has only been around for 40 years, it’s alumni network must be pretty small. One of the benefits of going to a larger, big-name school is that you can tap into their huge alumni network for jobs, internships, and other such things. Going to Christendom would be throwing all of those opportunities away.”
RESPONSE #8: Although Christendom has only been around 40 years, the alumni network is pretty extensive, and the alumni are very willing to help the students (and other alumni) with their career needs. There is a high concentration of alumni in the Metro Washington DC area, and through this network, students can easily find jobs and internships – and build connections with alumni and their outside networks. Alumni work in every field possible, and the college has an official Alumni Mentor Program, whereby select alumni have agreed to give out their names, job titles, and contact information to prospective students, current students, and alumni to be contacted about how they went from Christendom’s liberal arts program to their technical field of work.
OBJECTION #9: “Christendom isn’t very diverse, from what I can tell, either racially or religiously. With everyone being ‘on the same page’ regarding their worldview, beliefs, and culture, wouldn’t you rather go out ‘into the real world’ of a more secularized state school where you can let your light shine and evangelize the culture, and learn about how others live and believe? I’m not sure Christendom will be helpful to you in this area.”
RESPONSE #9: It is true that everyone at Christendom is generally a faithful, practicing, believing Roman Catholic (we have had a number of non-Catholics over the years, but very few), and we see that as a good thing. There will be very few times later on in life where young Catholics will have the opportunity to be around so many other like-minded individuals who can help them grow in wisdom, virtue, and holiness. For the rest of their lives, they will be immersed in the world with people of other faiths, beliefs, and attitudes toward life, and during that time, they will utilize what they have learned at Christendom to help evangelize those with whom they come in contact. As far as diversity of race on campus, Christendom accepts anyone of any race – as long as they meet our admissions standards. Over the years, we have generally attracted mostly Caucasian Americans, but we have had various others from foreign countries and of diverse ethnic backgrounds attend. Christendom does not try to recruit any persons of any particular color or race – simply people who want to take advantage of the top-notch liberal arts education taught from a Catholic worldview in an authentic Catholic culture. If people want to do this, then we want them to attend.
OBJECTION #10: “Christendom’s program of studies and core curriculum are pretty limited. They don’t let you pick and choose your curriculum and course of studies, but make everyone take the same classes for 2 years. What happens if you don’t like studying philosophy or political science, or you’d rather spend more time studying literature and theology? You are not going to be happy there.”
RESPONSE #10: Christendom’s core curriculum is unique and although it is true that you may end up having to take classes that you might not necessarily have picked, there is a very good chance that you will end up enjoying the class, and that what you learned in that class will give you an edge in life. For example, there is a class that we require called Metaphysics. There are many who would not understand why anyone would take this class, let alone mandate it, yet if you ask Christendom grads which classes had the most influence on their outlook in life, many would say it was Metaphysics, because it was in that class that they started to understand the reality of being, and the importance of philosophy for a true understanding of reality. But if given the chance, most say they never would have taken the class – and that would have been a real shame. So, most colleges are like a buffet of classes, where students can pick and choose what looks good to them. The problem is that they are not always getting a balanced “diet” of classes, and as a result, their intellects are less capable of understanding the big picture in life. A core curriculum, such as the one Christendom offers, gives our students the opportunity to have a well-balanced education which will benefit them in their future careers.
OBJECTION #11: “Christendom’s liturgical offerings seem to be pretty traditional in some ways, but in other ways, not enough, if that makes sense. Don’t you like attending the Extraordinary form of the Mass (the traditional Latin Mass)? It appears that it is only offered 4 days a week, and only sometimes on a Sunday. How is that going to meet your liturgical needs?”
RESPONSE #11: Christendom offers many offerings when it comes to the liturgy. We have the Ordinary form in English and Latin, as well as the Extraordinary form. We offer three Masses each day M-F, and then two Masses on Saturday, and one Mass on Sunday. The EF Mass is offered 4 times throughout the week, and once a semester on Sunday. For those who wish to go to the EF Mass every Sunday, the local parish (just 4.8 miles away from campus) offers it every Sunday at 12:30 pm, and many students travel to town to attend it. In general, though, our liturgical celebrations tend toward the traditional side, in that we use incense, patens, ring bells during Mass, and many kneel for Communion while receiving on the tongue. Our music at Mass is either Gregorian chant or sacred polyphony, and the pipe organ is generally the only musical instrument used (sometimes we have had violins or trumpets accompany the choir – but this is a rarity).
OBJECTION #12: “I’ve heard from others that Christendom is a super holy religious Catholic place, like a convent, monastery, or seminary. Why would you want to go there if you don’t want to become a priest, monk, or religious sister? Isn’t that why people go there and what all the alumni end up doing? And what if someone isn’t really ‘super’ holy? Will they still fit in, or will they be judged by the ‘holly rollers?’”
RESPONSE #12: Christendom has around 3000 alumni, and about 150 of them have discerned a religious vocation, either as a priest, deacon, religious sister or nun, religious brother, or seminarian. That’s about 5%. That means that 95% of the alumni have chosen to NOT become priests or religious. So, in short, if you wish to join a religious vocation, there is nothing standing in your way if you attend Christendom, but there is no reason to believe that that is the only reason to attend. In fact, we have had over 420 alumnus-alumna marriages, out of the 3000 alumni, which means that over 840 of the 3000 have married each other – that’s 28% of the alumni have married other alumni. As far as holiness goes in our students, the bottom line is that Christendom offers many opportunities for spiritual growth – through the sacraments offered, through the education and things we teach, through the personal relationships on campus, and through the many opportunities for service in the community and abroad. Whether a student chooses to do any of these things is up to him. The college does not force anything on them, but rather, encourages them to take advantage of all that is offered, for in so doing, there is a good chance that the person will grow in holiness – which is the purpose of life. There are some who come here who seem a little less enthusiastic about the “holy” things on campus, and maybe want to spend more time “partying” or goofing off, rather than focusing on their academic and spiritual lives, but that is the minority of students, and normally, through positive peer pressure, they come to realize what they should be doing. There are human beings on campus, so of course there is going to be gossip, and rash judgment, and sin. This happens everywhere. The Devil hates Christendom, and he hates the fact that we have so many opportunities for growth in Christian charity, and so, he does what he can to create division, sometimes, between those who are striving for holiness on a regular basis and those who hope it happens by accident. But there is absolutely no need to come to campus thinking that you need to be a super holy person to attend, because we all start somewhere on our spiritual journey to heaven. Some are way ahead, and some are lagging behind, but the one thing that is for certain, at Christendom College, in general, everyone is at least on the same road – heading the same direction – and when they fall off the road, the over 2 hours of confession a day that are offered come in handy. So, welcome to Christendom, land of saints and sinners. Join us!
OBJECTION #13: “Christendom College likes to remind everyone all of the time that they don’t take Federal funds. But the bad thing about that is that you won’t get a very good financial aid package, or loans, and it will cost you way more to attend there than it would another college with Federal aid. You should definitely take it off your list of top colleges.”
RESPONSE #13: While it is true that Christendom does not accept Federal funds, this in no way means that we do not have robust financial aid offerings. Christendom offers loans, grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid that enables students to afford Christendom. One of the biggest differences between schools that take Federal aid and Christendom is that when you get a loan for college, you are indebted to the Federal government, whereby, if you get a loan when you attend Christendom, in general, Christendom is the one lending you the money. Sometimes, though, families choose to get outside loans from non-government, private banks, and that’s fine too. In short, if someone wants to attend Christendom, money is not normally the thing that stands in the way. Christendom has the unique Scholarship Price Match Program, which takes money out of the equation, and allows families to focus on what is most important.
OBJECTION #14: “If Christendom’s education is so good, why aren’t they ranked in U.S. News & World Report or Forbes or the Princeton Review and such? If they are not in those secular magazines, their education must not be very rigorous and their academic profile must be pretty weak.”
RESPONSE #14: The main reason that Christendom is not ranked in any of these secular ranking guides is because Christendom does not take Federal funds. If we took Federal funds, we would be obliged to fill in statistical data about our students, our faculty, our retention and alumni giving rates, etc, into a system called IPEDS. This is the official government “statistic” keeping outlet, and all schools that take Federal funds MUST submit their information each year. Since Christendom does not take the funds, it does not submit the data. Because it does not submit the data, when these various secular ranking associations are looking for statistics, they go to the IPEDS machine, and search. Christendom is not in the machine, therefore, doesn’t ever make it into anyone’s search. It’s that simple. Regardless of whether Christendom is in any of these guides or publication, the academic nature and profile of the college is very strong. The incoming freshmen each year have very high standardized test scores and they have great high school GPAs. Christendom’s freshman retention rate is over 80% each year, and its 4-year graduation rate is 69%.
OBJECTION #15: “I thought you wanted to go into the medical field, either as a nurse or doctor? Christendom doesn’t offer any pre-med classes, or many of the pre-requisites you’d need to go to medical school. What’s the point in going there, then?
RESPONSE #15: Christendom offers some math and science courses which can assist someone in attending medical school, but ultimately, a Christendom education helps people become human first, scientists second. In the medical community today, there is a lot of talk about the need for doctors to show compassion, empathy, and human understanding, rather than simply viewing the patient as a specific disease or body part. Christendom alumni do need to get their pre-requisites done at another college or community college, but these can be completed over the summers while attending Christendom. For those interested in nursing, many alumni have been accepted into accelerated nursing programs which are either 12 months or 18 months in duration, and are designed for students who have earned a BA from another college who wish to then earn their Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):
“As you select a college remember that just as in high school, a good liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician. You’ll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. But it’s important for your college experience to be broad. Taking courses in the humanities or liberal arts will help you prepare for the ‘people’ side of medicine.” https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/109796/considering_decision.html
Christendom has a number of alumni who have become doctors and nurses, and each of them would be happy to discuss their journey from Christendom to medicine with you, if interested.