College Junior 2013-10-22T14:25:36Z
I would say there is a nice level of diversity...
College Junior 2013-10-22T14:23:53Z
Health & Safety:
They are good about knowing what is going on around the campus in the community and will escort you to your car if you reques it.
College Sophomore 2013-10-20T01:33:24Z
All ministry internships start in the sophomore year, making it a 3 year internship. The requirements are 2-3 hours of work a week, 1 meeting with your employer/mentor each week, and some paperwork. My personal internship does not pay, takes about 5-6 hours a week from me, and requires me to couple with another intern and lead a children's ministry. Our responsibilities are determined by what the church needs and what we can handle. I love my internship and the learning opportunities it provides. Can't wait to apply my 3 years of training to my future career.
College Sophomore 2013-10-20T01:26:03Z
I am very happy with my major. I'm a Pastoral Ministries major, and not only are all my professors very qualified academically, but they are simply wonderful, open, and helpful people. The ministry majors here are different because you start your internship when you are only a sophomore, making it a 3 year long internship. Getting 3 years of experience to apply and learn from rather than just a semester is wonderful and very helpful to finding a full time ministry position in the future.
College Senior 2013-09-30T22:56:14Z
This is a Christian College, each and every policiey is enforced for the safety of every student that is on campus. There should be no partying in any of the dorms, because yu will get busted. No smoking on the campus. If you are very serious about your grades and your academics you will not break any of the rules at any time. Just follow what the policies are ane you will do great at Spring Arbor
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-29T23:11:02Z
The application process is fairly easy. The only difficulty that I had was I completed the program originally in the late 1990's, but because I did not have the minimum 90 credits when I transferred, I was allowed to complete the program, but I did not receive my diploma. So I decided since I was out of work, to get back last year, and I completed the program in November, 2012.
But I also have 30 years work experience, so it all worked in my favor. The work experience and workshops, training seminars and a couple of the other training/vocational programs I went through before I went to Spring Arbor, allowed me to get the additional credits I needed to graduate.
Make sure if you do attend Spring Arbor, that the grades you received are high. C's will not do anything but drag your final GPA down. I know from first hand experience. I think that I am so much more interested in learning and understand the important of doing well, which is why I have excelled at every other program that I have taken since back in the 1990's.
The application process is not abnormal, as long as you have an email address and you have all of your financial aide and/or tuition money together, and can pay when it is due the process and program will flow.
If you know that you are going to Attend Spring Arbor for sure, get all of your information in early. Apply for everything and submit all of the needed documents well in advance or before the deadlines set. The administration is good about getting processing information, but sometimes things happen.
Other than my not taking my college career seriously when I first started, I would recommend Spring Arbor to everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-29T22:56:36Z
At Spring Arbor it was wonderful. I graduated last November, 2012. But I am going to attend another online university for my Master's program for which I am trying to get this scholarship/grant money. Western Governor's University.
The Majors at Spring Arbor and the Curriculum is very relevant to what is going on in the work of work today. As a matter of fact much of the material used is from current periodicals and Manuscripts, as well as textbooks that are current and updated with events and aspects which have taken place in the current Century.
The workload is set up so that you can work full-time if you have to. My program was an accelerated Bachelor's program and when transferring into the program you have to have at least 90 transferable credits. The credits can be earned by traditional college methods, or testing with DANTES, TECEP, or workshops, seminars, CEU credits. All of this information has to be documented, and submitted in a portfolio.
Within each program you have a summary project that you work on, and it teaches you how to do research for a thesis. It breaks it down into tiny bite size nuggets of information. If you stay on the course, schedule that they set up you will be on the mark. Also all of the program train you in how to write a paper in APA style. Learning that skill in and of itself, will take you far in the world of work. I ACED the process!!!
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-29T22:47:12Z
I didn't do an internship, but I did do some volunteer work that related to the field that I am currently working in.
I believe that once I indicated that I had completed my BS degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor, I started immediately receiving phone calls, where before I had not. Before including that I had a degree on my resume, I was not even getting an interview.
Approximately a month and half after acquiring my degree I was able to land a volunteer position in the Medical Records Department of an area Hospice. That opened the door to my being able to the land the current position I have, which is that of a Medical Insurance Adjuster.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-29T22:32:49Z
The programs at Spring Arbor or unique because all of the curriculum is Biblical in nature. Because when I started back to school after a 20 year hiatus, I wanted to continue and pursue whatever career I was supposed to be going into from a Biblical perspective. I was the most rewarding and best educational experience I ever had. Although the curriculum is not easy, I excelled in all courses, and graduated with a 3.68 GPA. The majority of the courses I took I received A's. I had never done that before. I was always a C student. It made me want to do better and keep the momentum going. So that is why I am going back to get my Master's.The Teacher were the most understanding and also the hardest I have ever encountered. But because of their ability to make the material less frightening, and because the platform ("Blackboard") was used to communicate with other students, Teachers' and Administration, there was less apprehension when taking a stand or trying to debate a heated topic.I am an introvert, but during the online experience I took the lead for several courses for the groups that I worked with. I have to say on the most involved and difficult project I have yet to tackle, our group, through my leadership received accolades, "This is the best economic analysis of public traded companies that I have ever had in the entire 9 years that I have taught this course". Needless to say, I cried after I heard that!The course: Business Economics.The course work is all given at the beginning of the course, so if you work or have other obligations, like most people you can work ahead of the group, and just hold your assignments until they are needed to post. I did all of the assignments on the weekends, and then held them for posting.I recommend to the school to any and everyone that doesn't like to take test, who loves to write, because most of the courses you have to write a summary paper. Although throughout the course there are weekly assignments.The best thing I liked, If you are a devout Christian and looking for a way to express yourself in your education, this is the University for you.
College Junior 2013-09-26T17:40:16Z
Winter roads can sometimes be a hazard when you are a commuting student, especially if you are getting out late at night.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-14T16:27:38Z
I have not had or seen any problems with diversity at all.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-14T16:23:21Z
The weather is great in the spring, summer and fall months but can turn into terrible in the winter months with so much snow and ice.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-14T16:21:56Z
I am not really involved in sports and therefore I do not keep up with anything to do with sports
College Sophomore 2013-09-06T03:29:13Z
The school isn't known for sports but the teams do well.
College Sophomore 2013-09-06T03:28:14Z
Super strict. Boys and girls can only be in each other rooms at allotted times.
College Sophomore 2013-09-06T03:25:57Z
Not much need for driving because of the small campus. Only thing is, we could use a little bit more parking spaces.
College Sophomore 2013-08-29T22:22:24Z
Since Spring Arbor University is a Christian school, there are more rules to enforce a Christ-like environment among us students. There is little room for adults to make their own decisions as far as drugs, alcohol, and relationships with the opposite sex because there are clear rules about these subjects in the handbook. I would advise new students to appreciate the rules because they are there to keep the students' focus of their education and relationship with Christ.
College Sophomore 2013-08-29T22:03:55Z
There is no Greek Life at Spring Arbor University.
College Sophomore 2013-08-29T22:00:25Z
The computers function very well for those that have 24 hour access. During my first semester at Spring Arbor, I did not have a laptop, but it did not hinder me from getting assignments completed. The computers and printers are pretty much reliable.
College Sophomore 2013-08-29T21:56:15Z
It snows here, but the dorms are not a far distance away from the classroom. I think the cold weather has affected the pipes for the bathroom plumbing,n because sometimes the hot water doesn't function properly. That only happened a few times. Other than that, the weather doesn't affect the college experience at an abnormal degree.
College Freshman 2013-08-25T00:55:08Z
I am a Chemistry major and love the science program. It is a big part of why I picked SAU for my college. The classes are very small and its not that difficult to connect with a teacher and get help if you need it.
I do plan to intern as an upperclassmen, possibly under the Chemistry teacher at one of the local high schools.
College Freshman 2013-08-25T00:53:19Z
I personally am not a huge fan of underage drinking, so I do like the strict no drinking on campus policy. Plus SAU is a Christian school so anything that is considered imoral is just not tolerated.
The no-sex on campus and no drugs policy is based off of if you get caught from what I hear. Again, SAU is a Christian school, I woulnd't expect anything else.
College Freshman 2013-08-25T00:49:41Z
A lot of people disagree with me, but I love going in Jackson. Its a small town and doesn't have a wide variety of stuff to chose from, but there is a really cool nature park in Jackson that is great for hikes. Not to mention the waterfalls, great place for a date or for sightseeing.
Lots of tattoo parlors and sports bars.
College Freshman 2013-08-25T00:46:55Z
Guys & Girls:
The boys here generally are really cute. Some of them ... not so much. But overall they are pretty hot. A lot of the guys are really great examples of Christ and you’ll make friends in no time. I met boyfriend my here and I am probably one of the few girls that doesn’t have this ‘ring by spring’ mindset.
College Freshman 2013-08-24T23:10:22Z
I can't complain. I have lived in Michigan my entire life, so the weather at SAU doesn't exactly faze me. I mean, Michigan weather gives us all four seasons in one day. I would say just keep a sweater on hang incase it gets really cold after a class.
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