Most private schools in the country are founded on a specific religion. These schools are supposed to represent a higher level of education, just because they have small class sizes and cost more money to attend. Some of the best online colleges are religious in nature, which may be hard for those of you who aren’t religious at all. Is it possible to go to a Christian college or Catholic university without actually following the faith the school was founded on? Indeed it is.
For the most part, religious colleges try to make their curriculum as secular as they can. Most degree programs involve some form of science or math that cannot be linked to religion in any way. Thus the courses cannot be biased from a religious aspect. For instance, it is hard to pull a lot of religion into a nursing degree because the program teaches how to heal people. There may be some hints about a deity bringing luck to a patient, but for the most part, the information is factually based.
Most of the religious aspects of a college like this will involve special classes you can take or special clubs you can be involved in. You shouldn’t be required to pray on command or raise money for a church if you choose not to. My husband was worried about that when he looked into a Presbyterian college because he is non-religious, but the academic adviser informed us that he would be able to attend class without having to worry about religious discussions. You don’t have to be concerned about that in the slightest.
There is a catch to all of this though, and you need to be aware of it. For the most part, religious colleges will accept religious applicants. If you are atheist, agnostic, or something else along those lines, you may not want to indicate that on your application. I’m not suggesting that you deny your lack of faith. I’m a freethinker myself. All I’m saying is that you may not want to scream the fact that you lack religious faith on your application. The admissions department may not be too fond of the idea that you do not follow the religion of the school. Luckily, they can’t prove that you aren’t religious. They’ll never know.
Going to a campus-based religious school is a lot harder than going to one online. If you go to school online, you do not have to be surrounded by people of a different belief. You can still hang out with your non-religious friends, and you can do your course work just like you would with any other college. If you have to go to a traditional university, you just have to make sure you remain polite and open minded with everyone you talk to. You don’t have to maintain the same beliefs to be able to get along with people.
If you know that you are going to get the best education possible from a religious university, do not be afraid to attend it – no matter what your beliefs are. If you happen to find a secular school that will provide a sound education without the religious influence, you can keep that in mind too. The internet has so many unique opportunities available to you. All you have to do is take them up. Stay true to whatever your beliefs are, and you should find a school that will work for you.