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Virginia Baptist College is a small college in Fredericksburg, Virginia that offers classes for students from religious backgrounds. Three pastors and members of the Faith Baptist Church came together in the early 1980s after noticing a lack of colleges that emphasized the importance of faith. They raised the money necessary to open a new school in 1984 and became its first three board members. Originally called the Berean Baptist Institute, it offered just one diploma program that the college designed for advanced students. It later brought in new programs and added ministry studies to its catalog to help students interested in working as pastors.
This private college requires that all students sign a code of conduct and follow that code while enrolled. Anyone caught violating the code faces expulsion. Many parts of the code focus on following religious tenants and behaving in an appropriate manner. Virginia Baptist College now offers certificate programs that students can finish in one year and associate's programs that most complete in two years. VBC also offers several bachelor's degree programs and some master's programs too. The college launched its own online campus in modern years to help students complete their studies.
Virginia Baptist College Accreditation Details
Though Virginia Baptist College offers different degree programs, it does not have accreditation for any of those specific programs. It does have general accreditation, which some call regional, program or even institutional accreditation, from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). This is an organization designed to promote Christian schools and ensure that students have access to the same opportunities through those colleges that they would through nonsecular campuses. It also has the approval of the United States Department of Education to offer college degrees, which means that students can apply for and receive financial assistance.
Virginia Baptist College Application Requirements
VBC is a small university that does not have the same application and admissions requirements that other colleges have. The application is available entirely online. To start the application, you must provide the college with your full name, current address, phone number and student status. You can apply as a dual enrollment high school student, undergrad or graduate student. Once you complete this step, the college will send an email to the address you registered to verify that it is correct.
The next step in the application process is a page of background information. VBC asks for your occupation and church membership status. You must also list the ways in which you helped and supported your local church. The application asks for three references as well. At least one reference must be someone you know socially, but you'll also supply a pastoral and academic reference. The VBC application also asks about your citizenship status, if you have any criminal convictions on your record and your highest level of education. You also need to state where you want to take classes, the program you want to study and whether you completed any college in the past. You must upload a recent photo of yourself too.
There is a separate section on the application that asks when you accepted Jesus into your life and a section about your history with your faith. Though the college does not ask for a score from the ACT or a similar test, you will need to mail in a high school transcript. You must also agree to follow the code of conduct implemented by the college. There is also a $25 application fee that you can pay with a card before submitting your application.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Virginia Baptist College charges $215 per credit for part-time students who take 11 or fewer credits per semester and $100 fees each semester. If you are a full-time student, you can take 12 to 16 credits for around $2,600 a semester, but you'll also pay $100 in fees each semester too. Those fees cover the cost of your registration and to the technology services that you use. You face other fees for any laboratory classes that you take and for registering late or changing your class schedule later. The college also charges around $1,800 for students who want to live on-campus.
As soon as you complete the online application, you can file the FAFSA to find out if you qualify for federal financial aid. VBC requires that all students attend an interview session with a financial aid counselor working for the college, which shows you what type of aid you can expect to receive and how you can pay back your loans later. In addition to grants and loans from federal sources, VBC students may qualify for one or more scholarships from the college itself. VBC also accepts students enrolling in college on the GI Bill and those using other types of military education assistance.
Bachelor of Christian Education
VBC created its Bachelor of Christian Education as a way to train future educators to help their own students and for those educators to work in religious and private schools. Though it's available online, you must choose a concentration in either elementary education or secondary education. The elementary education program prepares you for working with kids as old as junior high, while the secondary education program prepares you for working with kids in junior high and high school. Both programs include 30 credits of theology and Bible classes, including surveys of the Old Testement and New Testament and an introduction to doctrines found in the Bible. You'll also take 11 credits of leadership classes and 30 credits of basic Christian education courses. Those courses include teaching methods, classroom management, methods and materials and tests and measurements.
Both programs include 49 credits of general education classes like English composition, American literature, United States history, literature for kids, church history and fundamentals of speech. Whether you enroll in the elementary or secondary program, you'll also earn six credits for the student teaching work that you do in the field. The programs also include courses on teaching specific subjects, including math and art. Completing one of the education programs available through Virginia Baptist College and earning your Bachelor of Christian Education may qualify you to pass the requirements necessary for obtaining a teaching license in Virginia or in your home state.