Online Christian Colleges


Insider tips for choosing and succeeding in the right school and career

School Surprises


"Very Helpful Faculty...
I was surprised to find that West Coast Baptist College Online's bible faculty was available for phone call and email assistance. Every time I had a question or concern, I received an adequate and quick response." (Pastor; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in North Carolina, male
School: Studied Bible at West Coast Baptist College in California; completed Master degree in 2012


"More Understanding That I Thought...
I was surprised to find that my advisers were available to assist at the most unreasonable times. With the assistance of the advisers, and the advice of the teachers, I was able to navigate my online classes even through a difficult period in my life. When I was asked to preside over a four day anniversary for one of our local ministries, I immediately contacted my professors who were willing to accept my homework early and late." (Minister; 2014)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Religion at Liberty University Online in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"More Connections Than Expected...
I was surprised at how much interaction I had with my professors and other students through online discussion boards. I thought it would be hard to connect, but I felt like I really got to know them even though we hadn't met face to face." (Missionary; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Ministry Leadership at Crown College in Minnesota; completed Master degree in 2009


"I Was Overjoyed To Graduate After Only 3 Years...
I found it to be somewhat limiting when it came to social interaction but I have to say the flexibility that it provided was well worth it." (therapist; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied General ED at LATTC in California; completed Associate degree in 2012


"High-Quality Interaction...
I was really surprised and pleased with the quality of interaction afforded by the online portal. I was expected just some basic messaging and/or emailing between students and faculty, but the portal allowed for great student interaction and the faculty was very active online as well. I got very timely feedback as well as the opportunity to chat when I needed it." (Pastor; 2013)

Career: 14 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Biblical Studies at Christian Leadership Institute; completed Diploma degree in 2012


"High Quality Online Instruction...
I was surprised at the quality of the online instruction. The same knowledgeable and highly credentialed professors who taught the courses in the campus classroom taught the online courses as well. Additionally, the interaction between students was surprisingly helpful with very few social media type distractions." (Christian Counselor; 2014)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Pastoral Ministry - Christian Conflict Management at Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana; completed Master degree in 2004


"Great One On One With Staff...
I was surprised with the amount of real contact one time I received with my professors. It was almost as good as on campus" (minister; 2014)

Career: 9 years of experience, male
School: Studied Theology at Victory Bible College in Oklahoma in 2005


"Easy To Use...
I found it very easy to use the platform for classes. I was surprised at how easy it was to get in touch with the professor." (Small Business Owner; 2014)

Career: 8 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, female
School: Studied Small Business at Yavapai Community College in Arizona; completed Certificate degree in 2012


"Courses Were Thorough And Demanding...
I was surprised at how thorough and demanding the online courses were at Mid America Christian University. Many of the people I know view online college courses with a little less respect than they would give a "Brick and Mortar" school. I've heard that the course load would be easy, the expectations substandard, and the personal interaction all but non-existent. However, these things could not be further from the truth! The course load was very difficult and challenging, the expectations of my professors was second to none (and I've attended other colleges), and the interaction through chat, phone calls, and discussion forums easily beat any classroom experience I had ever had." (Minister; 2013)

Career: 12 years of experience, currently based in Arkansas, male
School: Studied Christian Ministries at Mid America Christian University in Oklahoma; completed Bachelor degree in 2010

Best School Tips


"Time And Schedule Management...
Be sure to specifically schedule times in your schedule to do school work, especially if you're going to school online while working full-time. It's easy to let school slide when it's not a regular part of your day or week and you're not physically going to classes." (Missionary; 2013)


"Take On Line College Seriously...
Please take this even more seriously than if you were on campus because their are more challenges and it is even more difficult in the long run." (minister; 2014)


"Study Hard And Don't Get Distracted...
Pick what interest you and go into it at full force." (therapist; 2014)


"Make Time For Your Success...
Make a routine of your online studies. Trying to just fit it in whenever you feel like it may set you up for failure. Schedule your time as if you were going to a classroom." (Pastor; 2013)


"Know Your Communication Software...
If you are thinking of taking online courses prepare yourself for discussion forum posting. You will do much of your work in these settings. This is how you will primarily interact with your classmates and get feedback from your instructor so take them seriously, understand how they work, and visit them often. In addition to that, spend some time before the class starts "officially" to learn the chat software, posting software, and/or email system. These things are your lifeline in online college courses!" (Minister; 2013)


"Getting The Most Out Of Instruction And Student Interaction...
Get to know the professors by responding accurately and timely to online assignments. Interact frequently with other students in online forums and chat rooms; but limit the social media jargon. If you must connect socially; use other means." (Christian Counselor; 2014)


"Get Comfortable Before Classes...
Make sure that you are comfortable with the platform the school uses to present classes before they start." (Small Business Owner; 2014)


"Discipline Yourself...
Discipline yourself to meet deadlines. If you do not motivate yourself to meet deadlines then you will feel like you are in over your head." (Pastor; 2014)


"Communication Is The Key To Success...
Tip 1: Make sure that you compare the course deadlines with your current schedule. If you find that you will have a conflict early on, contact your teachers immediately. Your teachers are more willing to work with you before the work is overdue to provide you with solutions for success. Tip 2: Find out which means your school uses to communicate. Utilize every effective avenue. Chat functions work well for after hours emergencies and general advice" (Minister; 2014)