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Difference Between a Bible college and a Christian university

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Deciding which college to attend can be a lot to process. We tend to know the differences between a traditional university and a Christian focused college, but what’s the difference between a Bible college and a Christian university?

Carolina College of Biblical Studies is here to help! This is a fair question since there are many similarities between the two.

For example, both:

  • have their niche in preparing students for kingdom work
  • provide experiences for students to grow in their relationship with God
  • offer classes taught through a biblical lens
  • offer classes that educate students in a practical way so they’re ready for any type of career
  • provide a Christian culture and campus organizations that allow students to form close relationships, walk with God, and participate in outreach ministries
  • grant Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees (such as the new Master in Divinity course offered at Carolina College of Biblical Studies)

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However, the differences between a Bible college and a Christian university include:

  • Christian colleges are liberal arts schools and offer art & science degrees and courses, in addition to Bible classes.
  • Christian colleges prepare students for secular careers
  • Bible college courses strive to provide more of an emphasis in Bible education
  • Bible colleges focus more on Christian leadership- for example, CCBS offers a servant leadership course
  • Bible colleges primarily prepare students for Christian ministry after graduation
  • Bible colleges require volunteer projects and off-campus ministry events in order to graduate

While both provide a valuable education and there’s certainly a place for both, choosing between a Bible college and Christian university comes down to your personal goals and preferences.

Carolina College of Biblical Studies is a non-denominational Bible college located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It’s our mission to disciple Christ-followers through biblical higher education, for a lifetime of effective servant leadership. Contact our admissions department today at (910) 323-5614 to learn more about our Bible college!