PARENTS & FAMILY
As parents, you are legitimately concerned about these contemporary trends: Nine of ten high school students who identify themselves as Christians and go on for a college degree will attend a public institution; five of ten will lose their faith before the end of their freshman year, and seven of ten will walk away from their faith before they graduate.
So, you consider sending your student to a private Christian college, hoping that it will protect the faith-and-values investment you’ve made for eighteen years as he or she transitions into adulthood. But there can be a potential downside to that decision as well.
Students in Christian colleges often pursue the integration of faith and learning without significant interaction with the mainstream academy, and real-life engagement with non-Christian viewpoints and the people who embrace and advocate them. As a result, they can miss the valuable experience of interacting with the kind of people they will work with and live next door to for the rest of their lives, and of shaping their own vision of life in that context.
At CCSI centers, students get the best of two worlds, and an experience that we believe is true to real life. We offer scholarly Christian perspectives at sites that are strategically located next to major research institutions. Our residential student communities are housed in former fraternities, sororities and similar facilities within the larger student community in university towns (currently in Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado). We encourage our students to take some of their coursework at local universities, and we invite students from these universities to enroll in CCSI classes.
CCSI students are encouraged to interact with university campus life by participating in Christian student organizations, using public facilities such as student unions and libraries, attending public lectures and conferences, and enjoying university athletic, music, and theater events open to the public. We believe that CCSI’s strategic locations, real-life context and world-engaging philosophy create a liberal arts college experience that can’t be found anywhere else!
Parents and siblings are encouraged to visit students during the school year. Siblings who are 17 years old or older can arrange to spend the night in a residential community. Guest meals can be arranged on a per-meal basis. Study Center Directors will assist parents with suggestions for local lodging.