A non-denominational Christian college, Clearwater Christian College is a four-year liberal arts school located in Clearwater, Florida. The school was founded on the beliefs that every person should be able to receive a higher education centered around God’s Word. The founders of the school hoped that upon graduation students would be able “to love God wholly, to know Him intimately, and to serve Him fervently.” By doing this, the founders believed that students would develop godly character which would lead them to academic excellence and personal integrity. The faculty and administrators continue to pass on these ideals and beliefs to students today.
Clearwater Christian College enrolls 600 undergraduate students from 37 states and four foreign countries. Students are offered a wide variety of majors that include Biblical Studies, Mathematics, and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. Upon graduation students automatically earn a Bible Studies minor through courses they are required to take. Students are taught in small classrooms with a student to faculty ratio of 15:1 with 48% of classes enrolling just nine students or less.
Compared to many other colleges, Clearwater Christian College is fairly new. In 1965, Arthur E. Steele wanted to start a Christian college in Florida but wasn’t sure where. He was discontent with other Christian colleges around the nation that strayed away from biblical standards of morality. Steele wanted a school that focused on the doctrine and spirituality. He opened the doors to his new college in 1966 with fifteen students enrolled.
Clearwater Christian College is located on 138-acres of land near Tampa Bay. Students are required to live on campus through their senior year with men’s and women’s dorms available. Students are required to live on campus through their senior year with 75% of students currently living on campus. On their down time, students can sunbath on the waterfront campus or explore the towns of Clearwater and Tampa Bay nearby.
While on campus, students can join one of numerous clubs and organizations such as sororities, fraternities, music club, and the Pro-Life club. Students can also participate in sports such as basketball, golf, and soccer. Athletes at Clearwater Christian College participate in Division II sports and many teams are nationally ranked. The women’s volleyball team is ranked at #1 while the men’s and women’s soccer teams are ranked at #5 an #6 respectively.
Faculty at Clearwater Christian College encourage students to study abroad as well as go on missions to foreign countries and even goes so far as to offer credit for these trips. Students can choose from many countries such as China, Hungary and Scotland. By studying abroad students can learn a different culture as well as help those in need.
The financial aid department at Clearwater Christian College helps students pay for their education by giving out grants, loans, and scholarships to prospective students. The school has gone so far as introduced a “Tuition Freeze” program in which freshmen’s tuition and room rate will not increase during their four years at school. This is crucial considering a year at Clearwater Christian College costs nearly $30,000. The school does their part by granting 99% of students who demonstrate financial assistance, some form of financial aid. The average award package for the 2009-2010 school year was almost $11,000. Upon graduation, students can expect to be $18,000 in debt.