4 Reasons Why Briercrest College and Seminary Has The Best Campus Life
Most students have heard time and time again that “getting involved” in campus life is a big part of the university or college experience. But what does that really mean?
We surveyed over 10,000 current students and recent alumni from across Canada and found that Saskatchewan’s Briercrest College and Seminary has some of the most involved students in the country. So naturally, we did a little digging to find out why.
From their enviable #dormlife, to their activities and events and athletic facilities, here are five reasons why Briercrest is one of the most engaged campuses around.
1. The life-long bonds made in residence
Dorm life is one of the most unique aspects of the Briercrest student experience. Because almost all students live in residence, it’s pretty easy to get to know your classmates and even students outside of your program.
As one current full-time student states: “Everyone is extremely friendly and it doesn’t take much to meet new people and make lasting friendships based on anything from media preferences, music, hobbies, or sports.”
In addition, Briercrest has five residence halls for its students and each one also has a Residence Director, Residence Assistants and student leaders to help engage students in the community and support their personal and spiritual development.
2. Incredible events and activities held all year round
Briercrest kicks off every new school year with the Week of Welcome, which includes orientation sessions and other fun events for students to connect with one another. Another notable event is the RETHINK Conference, a fall event that occurs every two years for anyone looking to engage in discussions around their faith. The Day of Prayer occurs once a semester and is organized by Briercrest’s student government, with help from residence assistants (RA’s) and other student leaders on campus. On this day, instead of their usual classes, students get to spend the day praying and worshipping together.
Last but certainly not least is Youth Quake. For one weekend in February, this annual event brings close to 2,000 youth together from across the country together for a weekend of concerts, break out sessions and activities. As the event website states, Youth Quake, “looks like a festival, [but] feels like a retreat.”
Briercrest students are involved in Youth Quake in a million different ways, from planning and decorating the whole campus to running security and even leading seminars. Briercrest students also get the opportunity to host visiting youth in their dorms.
3. Exceptional worship, athletic and recreational facilities
Don’t let the small campus size fool you. Briercrest boasts a range of top-notch facilities to support their students’ learning, growth, and overall well-being. For example, the Hildebrand Chapel is the setting for the school’s daily chapel, a number of campus events and with a seating capacity of over 2,000, is the largest chapel in the province.
If you’re looking to stay active while you’re in school, you’d be happy to know that Briercrest has a variety of indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, including a double-court gymnasium, indoor ice rink, beach volleyball court, football and soccer fields, baseball fields and a running track.
In fact, almost half of the Briercrest student body is involved in athletics in some form. So whether you’re interested in joining an intramural league or trying out for the varsity teams, their recreational facilities are a great way to work up a sweat and make some new friends while you’re at it.
4. A thriving performing arts scene
One thing incoming students might not know about Briercrest is that the school is big on the performing arts. As one current student describes, “The school has a very strong performing arts program and often hosts open mics and coffeehouses in addition to numerous theatrical productions throughout the year.”
If you have a passion for music, Briercrest has a number of ensembles, from choirs to acapella groups, that perform on campus, in local churches, and on tours across western Canada. You can even get school credit for participating in one of these groups.
Briercrest is also home to a digital recording studio, a keyboard lab, and video and sound production classes to help students hone their technical skills. And for those who are more dramatically inclined, Briercrest hosts a number of stage productions throughout the year, such as their annual Christmas musical.
There are not many post-secondary institutions out there where every student is united under a common purpose. At Briercrest, a tight-knit campus community is brought together even closer in their pursuit of a faith-centered education. And when you add in all the factors above, you can see why this school is a top choice for students of all kinds.