Clarks Summit University Reviews

  • 10 Reviews
  • Clarks Summit (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,890
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50% of 10 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Definitely not lgbt friendly. I was stuck in the closet there and had to listen to countless teachers, staff, and students alike tell me every day about how gay people are super sinful and are going to hell. I was invalidated and scared that someone I know would out me and I would be expelled. Im glad to be far away from that place."
Annie
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2020
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Clarks Summit University has very little to offer. Even with its limited resources, badly managed finances and poor planning the staff and faculty have managed to create a toxic cultural “bubble” that is invasive at best and cultic at worst. There are genuinely good professors to be found at CSU, but they are over worked, underpaid, and micromanaged. I do not feel the handful of positive academic classes I accrued was worth the tuition I paid or the environment I endured. I have found the students who succeed in this school are usually the students who grew up in a similar hyper fundamentalist and legalistic environment and are less interested in education and more interested in achieving a sort of spiritual superiority. For the rest of those seeking a meaningful nuanced education, there are so many other options out there, go ahead and scratch CSU from the list. It is, without question, the most expensive mistake you will ever make."
Josh
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2020
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Clarks Summit University is a great choice for everyone looking for a sub-par education in a legalistic and toxic community. Education: Many of the other professors have a questionable mastery of their class material and fail to provide education at the level of quality that should be expected from a higher education institution. As an aside, many (but of course not all) of the employees also suffer from a similar level of amateurism. Culture: Somehow, despite all its claims to the contrary, the culture at CSU is rife with a legalistic mindset. To be fair, much of this arises from the students who have often been raised in very strict religious homes. However, this mentality also inhabits many of the institution’s faculty. After producing the Spring 2017 play Peter and the Starcatcher, many of the actors, myself included, received much misery because we happened to dance while dressed as mermaids. It’s art, not a political statement. This sort of attitude plagued my entire time there. Human rights: Clarks Summit University is absolutely hateful towards the LGBTQ+ community. They have expelled students for being gay, taught disinformation about trans people, and advocated for conversion therapy (and some have claimed that they practiced it on-campus). Financial situation: CSU often makes poor financial decisions. For instance: they built a recreational facility that they cannot afford to maintain, they renamed themselves without fully researching other claimants, and they spent an excessive amount of funds on a failing athletic department. This poor use of funds carries over into smaller situations. I cannot discuss more, but saw a lot of this working in their helpdesk. CSU as an Employer: The employment scene at CSU is quite unpleasant. As a helpdesk worker, I was able to see first-hand the sort of poor attitudes and inconsistency that inhabit this institution. One would expect the employees and students of an institution that claims that “Christ is at the center of everything we do” to have at least a modicum of kindness. Yet, those of us who worked in the IT Department were routinely confronted by demanding, moody, inconsiderate, and judgemental individuals who were primed to explode over the slightest inconvenience."
Unhappy Camper
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2018
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"No concern for students, only $ signs. Allows anyone and everyone regardless of behavior, faith etc....even satanic stars are allowed for halloween costumes now. What kind of Christian campus is that? Not worth a dime, or a minute of your time! Do not recommend!!!"
Benjamin Johnson
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2017
  • Degree: Religious Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"The Youth Pastoral program at Clarks Summit University (formerly BBC) is a content driven major that will well equip those seeking this major. From the theology classes, Christian electives, and to the practical major courses; Clarks Summit offers professors who are able to teach from wisdom and experience. The ratio of professor to student makes for an interactive hands on training experience that is sure to last beyond the four years of schooling. Whether it's in the classroom or in the dorm, Clarks Summit offers a spiritually challenging and encouraging environment where students are sure to grow in education, and in their relationship with God."
Zachary Bordas
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Christian Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Clarks Summit University is an excellent school for what its intent is aimed towards. If one desires to be a pastor or a Chrisitan school teacher than this University would be an excellent choice. Otherwise, I would recommend that someone consider a state school for what they intend to major in. Though I made some amazing friends there I would not pay as much as I did just to make friends. After college, I had little to no help finding a job in my field of study. Plus, the school is so small there is very little network potential. If one does not know this yet, you have to understand that out of school networking is EVERYTHING. Likewise, the campus is small and its easy to never get of the campus and the bubble of its social groups. There are definitely some amazing professors there who I adore, but there were many classes that I felt were a total waste of money."
MA-Counseling
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2015
  • Degree: Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"It is an old school. They are trying to become a little more innovative- Hence, the name change Summit University. Classes are very comprehensive, assignments are hard-but reasonable. The most challenging thing for me was always to keep up with writing comments back and forth, but that is the online world of education. Administration is still a little rough around the edges but, you can also see they are trying to improve. They are a Baptist University with hard core Christian values. oh!! Also, the cost is VERY affordable in comparison the other colleges with the same degree."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2015
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Summit provided the training I needed tailored to fit my schedule needs. I recommend Summit to anyone looking to further their education."
Laurie Steel
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2013
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I appreciate all of the classes I have taken and believe the quality of education is good. Studying online makes it possible for me, a working adult, to continue my education. It would be more fun to be in a classroom but I am thankful for the tremendous opportunity I have to study."
Laurie Steel
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2013
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The quality of classes and interaction with the Professors is great. The classes are affordable but the school does not offer any scholarships."