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Happy Thanksgiving

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CBA “World” Headquarters in Old Worthington

The thing I have always enjoyed about Thanksgiving is that it offers an opportunity to disconnect, reflect, and spend some time with family. No presents…no obligatory commitments…oh, and the Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving day. All-in-all, many good things indeed. This Thanksgiving is unique in that College Bound Advantage is about to open for business following a six month building process that included visiting over 50 Ohio colleges and universities. We are already working with clients however, and my son Brandon and I are sensing the significant change that is about to occur as the way we spend our time shifts from building knowledge capital, organizing web sites, traveling, writing, and opening an office to working with clients. What a nice adventure this has been and now the fun really begins.

To those of you who have discovered our blog, thanks for reading and….stay with us….next week we will adding the University of Findlay to our look at Ohio private colleges with particularly strong professional programs. In the mean time, enjoy your family, get outside and have some fun, and try to avoid the stores. Like REI employees (remember, our website is organized around backpacking metaphors), we are choosing to OptOutside. In fact, I am giving everyone in the office Black Friday off – easy for me to say…it’s just Brandon and I. You’ll find us hiking at Highbanks Metro Park, at least until we get lost and have to be airlifted out. Best wishes and Happy Thanksgiving!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s “Big 5 Christian Colleges”

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Ohio is the home of five respected “passionately Christian” colleges.  So, first a broad overview, and then we’ll hike a bit further down the trail and take a closer look at the four Ohio Christian colleges we visited this summer.

First, it’s important to understand that the vast majority of Ohio’s private institutions were founded in affiliation with a Christian denomination. Today, most of those institutions reflect their denominational heritage in their missions, values, curricular and co-curricular program offerings, rituals, institutional structure, and so on. However, over the years, most have become increasingly inclusive, diverse, academically focused, and their identity has become less reliant on their Christian denominational affiliation. So, that brings us to what I will call, “Ohio’s Big 5 Christian Colleges.” These colleges are intentionally Christian and work hard to integrate their faith perspective in all that they do.

So, who are they and what is the denominational affiliation of each? They include…
1. Cedarville University – Baptist
2. Franciscan University of Steubenville – Roman Catholic
3. Mount Vernon Nazarene University – Nazarene
4. Malone University – Quaker
5. Bluffton University – Mennonite

Now, from a practical “family looking for a college” perspective, what are a few of the factors that differentiate these schools from each other?

1. The nature of the “chapel requirement” – The Big 5 believe in the Christian community and, to varying degrees, bring their communities together for worship.
2. Required courses/minors – Required courses in Bible, Theology, Philosophy, and other curricular requirements vary by institution.
3. What is taught inside courses – This varies from reflecting upon what it means to be a nurse and a Christian to the study of Creationism in a biology course.
4. Opportunities for Activism – Some institutions support, to varying degrees, student activism around human rights issues.
5. Opportunities for Service – Colleges support and provide a wide-variety of service opportunities both in the US and outside to their students.
6. Required Statement of Faith – Colleges may require some combination of faculty, staff, and/or students to sign and adhere to a statement of faith aligned with the school’s values/teachings.
7. Conservative behavioral code of conduct – This varies from residence hall rules to codes of honesty.
8. Formation of small, supportive, Christian student groups for discussion and reflection.

So, let’s take a closer look at some of these vibrant Christian communities.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges: Kenyon College

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Kenyon College is a private, selective, liberal arts college (one of Ohio’s “Big 5”) located in Gambier, Ohio. It was founded in 1824 by Philander Chase and is the oldest private college in Ohio. With around 1,600 students and over 150 student organizations including a vibrant Greek system, campus life is active at Kenyon.

The campus is noted for its strong liberal arts curriculum, Collegiate Gothic architecture (think Hogwarts), and rural setting. The building shown above, Old Kenyon, was built in 1829 and is considered the earliest example of Collegiate Gothic architecture in the U.S.

While Kenyon has many recognized areas of study, it is best known for English. Its faculty (20 strong) includes renowned teachers, award-winning poets and fiction writers, and a winner of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius award.” As the home of the internationally renowned Kenyon Review, as well as many student-run literary publications, Kenyon is a great place to study English.

Check out our video compilation of photos taken during our last campus visit to Kenyon College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcDCphr_oto

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

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