Take everything you think you know about attending a small Christian university and scrap it for a second. "But it would be so boring!" "Aren't there only, like, eight people on campus?" "Isn't it better to make career connections at big schools?" Nope, no, and not even close. Here's the truth.
Imagine yourself in class with a professor who knows you by name and takes an interest in your skills and ambitions. She has a colleague whose organization is looking for an intern. After class, she hands you a slip of paper with a phone number introducing you to an incredible internship opportunity.
Imagine living in a dorm of 50 people. Your residence life staff invite you to a community-building event that has been a tradition since the 1970's. Your professor overhears your conversation and exclaims that he used to attend the same event when he was a student. Turns out, you live on the same floor that he did! The two of you swap stories about dorm life, friendships, and even pranks!
Now, imagine leaving an exceedingly challenging class to hurry to your to your academic advisement meeting. You feel overwhelmed juggling your coursework, extra-curriculars, relationships, and faith. Your academic advisor notices your mood and during your meeting and asks what's wrong. He lets you explain, then opens up about his struggles as a college student. After chatting, he invites you for coffee once a week to see how you're doing.
Envision the summer after graduation. You need full-time work and begin working on a job application. You arrive at the references page and instead of panicking, you smile. A few months ago, you had a wonderful conversation with the VP for Academic Affairs at the university, and he handed you his business card and promised to give you a glowing recommendation.
These and many other opportunities await you within a small university community. At Greenville University, it's not uncommon for students to find meaningful internships, plug into long-standing traditions, receive emotional support from faculty and staff, or develop a relationship with college officials. So...what do you think about "small" now?