College-run social media sites can be useful to prospective students and parents as they search colleges and universities. Application fees can quickly rack up, and are usually not refundable, so the more research you can do before actually filing that application, the better. Facebook is a great tool to see what’s going on at a school before incurring the expense of a personal visit.
This list is comprised of my personal picks of the best Christian colleges and universities in America that maintain Facebook sites. If you’re in the market for a Christian college or university, or soon will be, become a “fan” or “like” the site and see what’s happening on campus. It may influence your decision.
North Greenville University – Located in Tigerville, South Carolina, this Southern Baptist-affiliated school is nestled among beautiful rolling hills and meadows just, well, north of Greenville, South Carolina. Its Facebook wall is full of notices of upcoming campus activities, but also contains comments from students and alumni.
Disclaimer: My daughter is a junior at North Greenville, so I am particularly partial to this amazing school and that’s why it is at the top of my list.
Le Tourneau Aviation – LeTourneau University’s main page is a community page. If you’re interested in aviation, LeTourneau University’s aviation program is one of the best. A private, non-denominational university in Longview, Texas, the school has made U.S. News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Colleges.” The aviation site is a true “fan” site. Check out the event tab for on-campus activities, such as the Women In Aviation’s cookie fundraiser or when rides will be offered in Kodiaks.
Southeastern University – Southeastern, affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination, sits on a lovely Mediterranean-inspired campus. Centrally located in Lakeland, Florida, the university is a little more than an hour’s drive from Tampa or Orlando. The university, which accepts students regardless of denominational affiliation, offers both graduate and undergraduate programs. Become a fan and receive event notices for upcoming preview days.
Toccoa Falls Christian College – Sitting at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Toccoa, Georgia, Toccoa Falls is a liberal arts Bible college affiliated with Christian and Missionary Alliance. Currently the site is offering a link whereby the school’s application fee is waived for those applying now.
Grace College – This four-year liberal arts school is located in Winona Lake, Indiana, and is affiliated with Grace Theological seminary and The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Information on activities as diverse as the school’s newspaper to its athletic program is summarized on the site.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary – Located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, the school was created by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1950 and is fully accredited. Its wall is frequently updated with information and event postings.
Truett-McConnell College – Located in Cleveland, Georgia, this Baptist college sports an active Facebook page with information related to the college as well as local information of interest to students – like the fact that the local Ingle’s grocery store is getting a Starbucks!
Wheaton College – This small (2,400 undergraduate students) liberal arts school in Wheaton, Illinois, got some unexpected media attention when NBC’s Ann Curry confused its alumni with those of another Wheaton College in Massachussetts. Billy Graham, Wes Craven, and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert all attended this evangelical Christian school. Current posts focus on students’ achievements.
Azusa Pacific University – This inter-denominational, evangelical Christian university was founded in 1899 in Whittier, California. With nearly 5,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate programs, it claims one of the largest student bodies among Christian schools in America. The site has informative information posted by the school, students, and alumni.
Pensacola Christian College – Located in Pensacola, Florida, this college is an independent Baptist school. Be aware: PCC is not accredited. However, if you are looking for an extremely conservative Christian school with an extremely reasonable tuition rate, this may be the perfect fit for you. Homeschool students who use the college’s ABEKA curriculum may receive further discounts.
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