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Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Ask an Admissions Officer

What leads most students to choose College of Bibilical Studies (CBS)?

There are a number of good reasons why most students choose CBS. We have a very generous credit transfer policy. Our tuition rates are far more reasonable than any other 4-year school. It is a way for the Christian college student to get a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school with Christian values. It is a fabulous “springboard” for those who are called to ministry to prepare them for seminary. It is a means for the community college graduate who is already entrenched in a career to go on and obtain a bachelor’s degree in order to improve his or her chances of promotion at work. CBS provides a world-class education at a reasonable investment.

What qualities and experiences are you looking for in applicants? 

CBS seeks applicants who are professed Christians, who are looking to further their education, and who are seeking to grow in a deeper relationship with the Lord. (Truth, Training, Transformation)

Can you tell me more about the application evaluation process?

It is very easy to apply to CBS. Our application is online and represents a “turn-key” process for admission to the college. Upon full completion of the application and receipt of all required documents (transcripts, shot records, SAT/ACT scores, etc.) the CBS admissions team carefully reviews each application in order to determine admission status.

How large of a role do SAT scores play in admissions? 

Your SAT/ACT scores may allow you to bypass CBS’ admissions testing process.

Can I meet with an admissions officer?

Absolutely! If you wish to meet with an admissions officer, make sure to set up a meeting via email or calling beforehand. If it is during application, usually two months before the beginning of a semester, try to schedule an appointment to ensure they are not too busy to meet with prospective students.

What are the college’s most important values, and how does it demonstrate this to students? 

CBS’ values and vision are best stated in our mission statement.

What sort of student would succeed here? 

The profile of our most successful student is one who seeks to fulfill the imperative in 1 Cor. 10:31 and Col. 3:17 which (paraphrased) exhorts the believer to “do all to the glory of God”. Moreover, the successful student has a mindset to be challenged (but not overwhelmed) to glorify God through his or her seeking a deeper relationship with Him. Ultimately, it is this relationship that remains at the forefront of our successful student’s mind as he or she balances family, work, ministry, and school. The successful student delivers excellence in all these areas through maintaining this aforementioned perspective.  

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Fianancial Aid

What kind of need-based financial aid do you offer?

In addition to pell grant awards through fafsa. CBS offers a number of donor based scholarships.

What information do you require besides the FAFSA?

On the CBS site, we have a financial aid portal known as “My FA”. This portal links fafsa’s assessment with our site in order for the student to see what financial aid they have received.

Are there other scholarships that students can apply for at the time of application?

Yes. However, CBS does require each scholarship applicant to complete fafsa and My FA as well as register for classes. Since the scholarships are “needs-based” each application is reviewed individually by our scholarship review board to determine eligibility. 

Can I renegotiate my offer if it’s lower than I expected? 

While many institutions use the word “negotiate”, CBS prefers the word “appeal”. If you feel like you should qualify for more assistance, we do have an appeal process.

What are some opportunities for work-study?

CBS requires each student to serve in the Body of Christ in order to graduate. This requirement takes the form of Christian Service modules of 28 hours of service during 3 different semesters. Contact the Dean of Students for other work-study opportunities.  

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Ask A Professor 

Meeting with a professor could be a great way for a prospective student to make contact and learn about a department and class, especially if the prospective student has a strong sense of his or her degree focus. The prospect can learn about the Prof’s teaching style, the department’s approach, and any opportunities for independent projects or research.

What are your expectations for students in your class? How can students succeed in your class?

Students are expected to honor the Lord through their efforts to study “heartily as if for the Lord”. Timely attendance to class, submission of assignments, and maintaining comprehension of the assigned reading places the student in the best position to be successful.

What are typical requirements, like exams, papers, or presentations in a semester?

All of these requirements reflect the array of requirement options for a class. Depending on the class and grade level, there will be a combination of some or all of these aforementioned.

What kind of materials would I use in your class?

The required and recommended textbooks are always listed in the course syllabus. Having a personal computer is a staple for student success.

What skills or knowledge would you consider to be prerequisites?

CBS requires that a prospective student be a professed believer in Jesus Chris as the sole means for salvation. A high school diploma or GED is required for admission to CBS. A fundamental level of computer skills is necessary in order to fulfill the course requirements.

Do you offer any opportunities for students to do research?

Yes. Many of our courses require research.

Would I be required or able to write a senior thesis or do a capstone project?

Yes. Depending on the degree plan, some of our programs require a capstone project that can be in the form of a thesis.

How much flexibility would l have in shaping my major or taking an interdisciplinary approach?

Some of our degree plans offer the flexibility of interdisciplinary studies due to the large number of elective courses in the program.

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Academic and More...

Below questions are divided up by academics, support resources, internships, study abroad programs, extra-curricular, residential life, and general culture, as well as some personal questions.

Are some majors or departments considered stronger or more popular than others?

That would be like asking a mother who her favorite child is! All of our curriculum are taught by world-class professors. The more popular bachelor programs include Biblical Counseling and Organizational Leadership.

How large are the classes?

CBS offers an extremely personal class environment with class sizes averaging 12-15 students. The professor knows each student’s name and face.

Are the classes more lecture-based or discussion-based?

The answer to this question depends on the course, objectives, and curriculum in each course.

How many of the classes are taught by a professor, and how many are taught by a teaching assistant? 

All CBS course are taught by the lead professor. Most of our Prof’s hold a terminal degree in the field of course study in which they teach.

Are the professors accessible outside of class? 

Absolutely! Each prof advertises office hours for a face-to-face meeting as well as e-mail and phone numbers. Many Profs give out their personal cell numbers for maximum accessibility.

How much freedom do freshmen have in choosing courses?

Some courses have pre-requisites and cannot be taken until other courses are satisfactorily completed. A recommended course chart for each degree plan is listed in the Academic Catalog. Additionally, the student’s academic advisor can assist in course selection. However, in most circumstance, the ultimate decision on course selection rests with the student.

Are students usually able to take their first choice courses? 

Yes, (usually). However, early registration is encouraged in order to avoid seeking a course that is full.

How’s the Wi-Fi? 

The Wi-Fi is free and is available all over the CBS campus.

How are freshman advisors assigned? 

Advisors are assigned by alphabet split.

Is it easy to change your major? 

Yes. However, a student must be aware of the impact that switching majors may have on the completed and required courses.

How would you describe the freshman experience, in terms of advising or any classes that everyone has to take? 

For the academic advisor, student success is our mission and ministry. Resultantly, the advisor not only recommends applicable classes, they also assist in helping the new student in realizing overall success through our student success center.

Do the professors hold office hours? How often can students interact with professors outside of class? 

Yes. As needed.

Can students work with professors on research

A student should check with his or her professor on a case-by-case basis.

Are there honors programs or capstone classes? If so, what are they like? 

CBS’ honors program recognizes students at the cum laude, magna cum laude, and suma cum laude level. Most 4 year programs finish with a capstone class.

How many hours of class do students typically have each week? How much homework outside of class? 

The typical CBS class meets once a week for 3 hours. In addition to the class time, 9 hours of assignment/reading is required for each class.

Are finals more exam-based or project / essay-based? 

The answer to this question depends on the class and its objectives.

Where are the best places to study on campus? 

CBS offers a number of study environments including the Student Life Center, the Student Success Center (in the Registrar’s suite), the library, as well as private rooms in the library.

What are the hours for the library? Do these hours change during reading periods or exam weeks? 

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday- 8:30am- 9pm; Wednesday 8:30am- 6pm; Saturday 8:30am- 3pm; Friday & Sunday closed.

Are there any research methods or databases I should learn about for my classes? 

CBS employs the Logos biblical software program. CBS also requires each student in a bachelor’s program to complete a “Research and Writing” class. This class familiarizes the CBS student will all methods and venues for composing research papers of a sorts.

Can you get help from professors outside of the classroom? 

Yes. Because of the smaller CBS class size, each student receives a more personal experience with his or her professor.

Is there free academic support or tutoring? Is it effective? 

Yes. CBS employs a number of approaches to ensure student success. Some specific include student success through academic advising, mentoring/tutoring from fellow students, online writing center for paper evaluation, (to mention a few). Contact your academic advisor for ideas on how to best obtain assistance.

Is there a writing center to help with essays and research papers? 

Yes. The system as called “Net-tutor”.

Do students organize study groups or online discussion forums? 

Yes. Depending on the class and curriculum, such an approach is encouraged by the professor.

Are there computer labs? 

Yes. CBS has a computer lab, computers in the library, and well as computers in the student success center (in the Registrar’s suite). However, each student is encouraged to obtain his or her own computer.

Would you describe any classes as especially innovative or project-based? 

Yes. A number of the course in each degree program fit this description.

Are academic advisors accessible and effective? 

CBS student services offer world class service to our students. The academic advisor offers a “one-stop” approach at student success beginning at the first week of the student’s first class until the last day of the final class before the student graduates.Do the librarians help with research? Yes. Please visit CBS Library Writing Helps for details.