It is always recommended to visit the campus before you make your final college decision. At Lubbock Christian University, we have developed an easy way to gather all the information you need while you are on campus, all while meeting students, experiencing academic opportunities, and getting to know other prospective students: Chap Day.
Chap Day is a group campus visit which includes a department fair, chapel, campus tour, lunch, and much more. Visiting campus is the best way to experience LCU. We want to show you how our community is Christ-centered, close-knit, and Kingdom-focused.
When you head to college, it is exciting to try to find the right major for you. This is a time to reflect about what you want to do and who you want to become. With over sixty undergraduate majors at LCU, the possibilities of what you can do with your degree can seem endless, possibly even overwhelming.
However, that feeling will change after Chap Day. During your visit, we will take you through a department fair where you will learn more about the various departments and schools LCU offers:
Use this time to interact with faculty and staff from each department and major. Ask questions related to your interests and career goals. Learn more about where each degree can lead you after graduation. Once you’ve talked with representatives from each prospective field, you will have a better idea of which major is the right one for you.
The LCU campus has a lot to offer students. During your Chap Day campus tour, your Admissions Advisor will show you around, letting you learn more about residence hall living, campus classrooms and research facilities, and our GREEN initiative to be an eco-friendly campus.
During this tour, you will get to check out the new Rec Center (complete with a rock wall) Library (home to the largest Starbucks in Lubbock), and Student Union Building. Your Chap Day tour wraps up with a stop at the Caf for a free lunch, giving you the chance to experience one of our favorite on-campus eateries.
After your campus tour, you can participate in Chapel along with our LCU students, staff, and faculty. This time for worship and study will allow you to witness the LCU community as we strive to live on mission for Christ. Chapel is filled with great acapella singing and energetic speakers and is a testimony to our daily opportunity to grow closer to God through fellowship with fellow believers.
During your Chap Day adventure, you will come in contact with professors in your field on campus. You will be introduced to them and be given the chance to ask them questions about their research, the classes they teach, and their wisdom from their field.
Take advantage of the opportunity to sit in on the college class of your choice. This will give you an idea of what student coursework is like at LCU, letting you further visualize how you will fit in on campus.
Once you step foot onto LCU, you will quickly see that our students are welcoming and kind. LCU works to transform the hearts, minds, and hands of our students to live lives of purpose and value. Students are guided by their Christian faith in every dimension of their life.
Chap Day allows you to interact with the student body and develop an idea about the peers you will be surrounded by. Many times, future students even find their roommate (and even lifelong friends) during these visits!
After you attend an LCU Chap Day, you will feel prepared to start your first semester of college.
Sign up for the next Chap Day on February 19, 2018:
January 16 2018
With the end of high school on the horizon, you probably feel the pressure to carefully consider each of your top college choices. Choosing a university is a big decision, and it will likely affect you beyond the next four years of your life.
Here are several helpful tips you can apply as you work to narrow down your list.
One deciding factor between colleges could be the strength of your major at that particular campus. You want to attend classes that will not only push you to get good grades but challenge you and fully prepare you for the first day of your career. Choose a university that offers degree plans with hands-on learning and a low student-to-faculty ratio to learn more in each course.
Look into each school’s student organizations and determine which could support your major, develop your leadership skills, and allow you to volunteer in the community. Students at LCU apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to campus activities, student organizations, and outreach, furthering the strength of their coursework.
The location of each college probably plays a vital role in your final decision. Many students want to make sure they are close enough to home to visit when they need to but also far enough away to focus on investing in their new school. Either way, it is a good idea for you to research the cost of living, traffic, weather, and travel expenses to & from home. This will help you understand if you truly want to move yourself and your belongings to that location.
Look into what other students do for fun in the area, too. LCU students have several ways to stay occupied in between study breaks.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in a college town or a big city, there are options all across the country. As you go through each option, consider if the the atmosphere of the college location will provide other local opportunities like part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer organizations to build a strong foundation for your career.
When you weigh your college preferences, size is definitely an important aspect to consider. Do you recognize the unique benefits of attending a smaller university, or do you feel more challenged by the opportunities found at a medium or large school? Once you decide the size of the university you would like to attend, begin to cross the ones that don’t match up off your list.
Next, look at the acceptance rate of each college. There may be some you will be guaranteed to be accepted into. What about the others? If your other college choices have a low acceptance rate, you may want to move your safe choices to the top of your list. It is a good idea to shoot for a university that accepts more students than rejects them.
Your top university choice should be affordable, taking into consideration your savings, your family’s income, and the financial aid you are awarded. Map out the true cost of each university (tuition, fees, room & board, etc.), deducting your total scholarships and financial aid. Get started calculating the total cost of each university using our College Cost Guide.
Develop a budget for when you arrive at school, if you haven’t already. Make sure your financial aid is calculated into this, then use this figure to determine which college options are best suited for you and your family.
Before you finalize your top college choices, visit each campus. Take time to experience the campus atmosphere and see the student culture for yourself.
Prepare for your visit by knowing which departments you want to speak with, people you want to see, and what questions you have about the university. A personal visit to LCU includes the opportunity to sit in on a lecture, time worshipping in chapel, a campus tour, lunch, time with your LCU Admissions Advisor and much more. Prepare for your LCU tour using our College Visit Prep Kit.
Enjoy a guided experience at Lubbock Christian University during our next Chap Day on Feb. 19! This campus visit day lets you see the university with several other prospective students and get to know several of our students, faculty, and staff. Sign up below!
January 09 2018
Millions of students each year begin their college career by attending a community college. And in a few semesters, several of those students will transfer to attend four-year universities such as LCU.
For a variety of reasons, we have the largest number of students transfer to LCU right after Christmas break. If you’re one of those students – or someone who plans to attend a four-year university after your community college career is over – here are some facts, tips, and suggestions to help make your transition easier.
The sooner you begin to prepare for your transfer, the better. With that, the more information you have, the easier it will be to make a decision. Take time to visit the colleges that interest you, gather transfer materials, and check to see if there are transfer agreements for your specific degree program between your community college and where you’d like to attend. These steps will help you feel prepared to transfer to a four-year university.
Over 80 percent of small colleges (those which have less than 3,000 students) offer merit scholarships to transfer students. Transferring to a university like LCU may mean you’re eligible for specific transfer scholarships such as those offered to graduates of South Plains College.
Many transfer programs are geared toward students who complete two years at a community college, where you’ll build your course credits in general curriculum classes such as English, Math, and History. You may also take electives that fulfill university requirements and that may pertain to your major or focus. From there, you should take classes related to the major you’ll choose at your four-year university. Your primary goals are to exhibit academic prowess in your major while ensuring that you can transfer the maximum amount of credits.
Make sure that you’re taking classes at your community college that will transfer to the university of your choice. There are a variety of online tools to help you choose wisely, and you should always get to know your academic advisor.
While it’s true that you’re different from a high school senior in that you’ve already had a taste of the college experience, it’s still important to take advantage of orientation opportunities that universities offer for transfer students. Connect with your university’s transfer advisor to find the best ways to join this new community and take advantage of the endless opportunities on campus.
Don’t focus on the negative components of your current school when explaining your desire to transfer. Instead, look to the future and remember the positive reasons for the change. Remind yourself, and others, of the benefits of transferring to a particular school and how you can succeed there.
By choosing your major early on as a community college student, you’ll ensure that you’re taking the prerequisites you’ll need for that program at the university of your choice. In turn, it will save you time and money in the long run.
Make sure that you examine all of the options available to you during the process of selecting your four-year school. Gather information on public and private four-year institutions and calculate the costs and the benefits until you find the ideal university for you.
If you haven’t already, fill out the FAFSA and check with the university about scholarships they have set aside for transfer students. Moreover, make sure that you’ve met all of the deadlines for financial aid so that you don’t miss out on assistance that’s available to you.
As you explore your options as a transfer student, we recommend checking out our Transfer Application Checklist to help you simplify the transfer application process.
December 26 2017