Grace Bible College Reviews
This school was a nightmare. I had quite a few issues with Financial Aid. They nickel and dimed me to death and added so many ridiculous fees to my account. The courses are outrageous as far as charges. You will pay about $1000 dollars per course. Much more than you'd pay at any other college. Professors are awful. Courses are thrown together with useless information that you will in no way benefit from. I really hated my time at this school and am so happy to move on from it.
Their online program is a joke. It just seems like a money making scheme. The fees were outrageous. I received the least amount of financial aid than any other school I attended. You have to wait until almost 2 months into each semester to get your financial aid funds as well. I was charged the same fee 4 times. It was 150 dollar fee to access the student portal and blackboard. They charged it PER CLASS. $600 to access their online system PER SEMESTER. When I asked why I had to pay 4 times to access the same exact system, financial aid literally said "they weren't sure why". The online classes were pointless. I learned nothing even though I graduated with a 4.0. Professors were lazy and most of the assignments given didn't even pertain to the class I was taking. Overall, it was an awful and expensive experience.
My experience in the Youth Ministry degree was really excellent. I appreciated the classes and the professors. I would have wanted the practicum to come sooner in the degree (it was my final semester of senior year). My experience with the practicum was excellent, however one of my classmates didn't realize UNTIL the practicum that she didn't enjoy youth ministry because of that experience. So, for her, the practicum came too late. For me, however, it was excellent. (and perhaps they have changed that since I graduated already more than 10 years ago!)
I really enjoy and like the environment at Grace Bible college. I like small schools and colleges, so GBC was the best choice for me. I am studying under the human services degree program, so I take a lot of courses under the psychology role. I enjoyed the chapel services, but I would say that requiring students to attend chapel (and get penalized with fees if you don't) would have been a deterrent if I had known about it before attending Grace Bible college.
Going to grace you get more than just an education. I have the degree I needed to get the job I have now, but I also have gained the confidence I need to succeed and the desire to serve God in everything that I do.
At Grace Bible College you are challenged and invested in daily by incredible faculty and staff who take their calling seriously. The experiences provided made me feel prepared for stepping out into the real world and he relationships I built at Grace will last a life time. There are plenty of student activities and fun stuff going on and the athletics are great! When I left I felt more prepared to serve Christ in the church and my community.
I loved my time at Grace! In a small school setting I was able to make some lifelong friends but more importantly, I was able to further my relationship with the Lord and deepen my understanding of the Bible. I spent several years on the mission field and I would not have been able to do the work I did if it were not for the training and knowledge I received from Grace Bible College. It saddens me that someone might not recommend this school when I see all of the genuine love and concern that the faculty and staff have for the students.
Great community Grace offers. Students can feel accepted and welcomed. The professors sincerely care about you and your future. Something they could do better is discuss what the degree path the student is on, and what sorts of jobs are available when the degree is complete. And then offer some job placement assistants, outside the community of Grace as well as inside.
The small size of the school enables the teachers to really spend time with you and help you as you need. Also, the relationships you make in the classroom with professors and students alike has been invaluable.
I wish I could say a lot of good things about this school. Unfortunately their isn't that much good to say about the school. My degree (Digital Media) was cancelled halfway through my time at the school. Which they kept the degree going for those enrolled in program until we graduated, our funding was cut to almost nothing and as a result the gear we were promised never came and we had to finish our degree training with gear that was really sophomore in level. On top of that after graduation no one coming out of the digital media program got an ounce of support from the faculty. A lot of my friends who had gone to Grand Valley, or Cornerstone received emails from their school with opportunities in their field of study. We never had this happen. The faculty treated the two professors who ran the degree with such disrespect and lack of support that they both left and are now teaching at Cornerstone. If it had not been for those two professors I would have left Grace Bible College after the degree got cut. They were the only bright spot in my education there which is why I did give the school such a high score for quality of instruction. If you want that quality now you better head to Cornerstone! The schools financial aid and scholarships are a joke. When i attended the max scholarship was only $500. A lot of the faculty is condescending in attitude which is all a result of the president of the schools attitude toward anyone who does not enter pastoral studies. If you decide that you would like to do something besides mission work or becoming a pastor you are treated as a second rate part of the school. This is not just the angry ramblings of a recent graduate. I have been removed from the school for some time now. However it would be wrong of me to not speak out if it means I potentially sway a young college student from blindly accepting what this school is selling.