Briercrest College and Seminary

Canada

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Briercrest College and Seminary

3.76 Average Rating

Julie from Canada

a past student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Briercrest is a place to discover your God-given calling.

I love the dorm community and grew a lot socially.

I grew academically and always found support from professors.
Tips for prospective students
Go and visit campus and take a tour. The people are so friendly and helpful and you will see the best of the school.

Prioritize community. Going to a big school can be lonely and isolating, but going to Briercrest felt like finding a home away from home.
Academic Rigor
The professors are excellent and will always help you where you need it.
Dorm Life
Living with others is hard work sometimes but the memories are totally worth it.
Food and Dining
The cafeteria is a social hub on campus. Get a meal plan and meet new people!
What to do for fun
School events run pretty much every weekend. There are intramurals, sports games, concerts, worship nights, and events in dorm to look forward to. Students also go into Moose Jaw a lot to go for meals, go to the spa, and go to McDonald's.
Bang for the buck
For the price, Briercrest gives you academic, social, and spiritual care. Worth it!
Great for these types of students
If you love being involved in student life, you'll love being a student at Briercrest.
Clubs and Activities
There is so much to do. The students are some of the most involved students I've ever met!
Campus Safety
Being in a small town has its perks. Campus feels very safe and there are almost always trustworthy people around.
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Rylee from Canada

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Briercrest has been such a blessing to me! Living in a community of Christians who are dedicated to following Jesus, value quality learning and quality relationships, and like to have fun has been incredible. Briercrest is the full package!
Academic Rigor
The academics are certainly challenging, but the content that we learn is very valuable and the professors are knowledgeable and approachable.
Dorm Life
I absolutely love dorm life! Living in a dorm full of Christian girls at the same stage of life as me is awesome! I have made so many incredible friendships and memories over the past 3 years in dorm.
Food and Dining
The best part about our dining hall is the social aspect - it's like every single meal is a social outing with all of my best friends! There is always tons of variety - hot food, an international food bar, a full salad bar, soup, fruit, cereal, and dessert!
What to do for fun
Get involved! Play sports, invest in dorm relationships, spend time at our various coffee shops, participate in intramurals, attend events like coffee houses, plan a movie or games night with friends... finding fun things to do is easy in a close-knit community like Briercrest, you just have to get involved!
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Ryan from Canada

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Briercrest is defined by its community, focusing its small student body around sports, chapel, student life, and dorm life. It offers a unique spread of transferable courses and programs for a Christian college, with professors that invest time into personally getting to know students and seeking to help them excel in their studies. Briercrest has become a second home to me, and I wouldn't want to attend any other school.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be afraid to talk to professors or upperclassmen, the staff and faculty want students to succeed and are always willing to help, and students have valuable advice gained from experience. The best way to make the most of your experience is to invest in the community, going to events, games, productions and spending time with your dorm or community group. Don't be afraid to try something new, whether it's trying out for a team, band, play or volunteering in an area outside of your comfort zone.
Academic Rigor
The courses that Briercrest offers challenge students to rise to higher academic standards, and while it takes time and discipline, it is achievable. Do not let the words 'academic rigor' be a discouragement, it can be humbling transferring from high school to college, but college courses are expected to be more difficult than high school. Help is offered by the school if students need it, don't be afraid to take it!
Dorm Life
Now this is where it's at, the dorm life was everything I had ever expected it to be. The Briercrest dorms are a community where students are free to express themselves away from social pressure, often finding the confidence and support from the other guys to open up and work through the challenges of life together. There is no other place (except for other places that have this also) where you get to live with a group of Christian guys and get involved in intramural sports, pranks, and everyday life together. I met my best friends at Briercrest, and have made an uncountable amount of memories over my five years with the boys of Whittaker 2.
Food and Dining
Eating at the cafeteria is a community event as it is one of the few times throughout the day where the entire college is gathered together. Meal times are a good opportunity to socialize, as dorms do not interact very often throughout daily life. It may sound odd, but a lot of memories are created in the cafeteria over conversations at meals and is often a time where students unwind after class while enjoying a meal.
What to do for fun
Although Briercrest is located in a tiny town off Highway 1 and students whine about being stuck in dorms, anyone with a creative mind can find plenty to do. Almost every weekend there are varsity and junior varsity sports, and I personally love being able to support the school by cheering for the teams if I am not playing myself. For people who do not play on a sports team, intramurals sports offer a great competitive atmosphere between the dorms and community students, and can lead to some friendly rivalries. The student lounge offers an area for students to play board games, ping-pong, grab a coffee, watch some tv, or just hang out. Participating in or attending student events is always enjoyable, as it is nice to get off the dorm once in a while and mingle with the rest of the student body. There is always one thing or another happening on the dorm that leads to a good laugh, and getting some guys together to go to Moose Jaw and watch a WHL hockey game, catch a movie, play pool, go bowling, hit the spa, or grab some food is but a few of the things that students do throughout the week. Get to know the local farmers, they'll let you hunt and fish on their property, have bonfires, go snowmobiling, swim in their ponds, or play pond hockey. Get some friends together and play some hockey at the outdoor rink in Caronport, or have a waffle party in the common lounge. The amount of fun someone can have is only limited by their creativity and willingness to try things out. Or if that's not enough, drive 45 minutes to Regina and the list continues.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Watch the northern lights, go to the train bridge, have a fire at Bill Latrace's farm, get a C-L-I chant going at a game, hit up free-swim Friday in Moose Jaw, steal the head of John the Baptist.
Campus Safety
I've never felt threatened of unsafe during my time on campus.
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Keira from Canada

a past student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Briercrest is a place of transformation. All the staff and faculty care about the students' lives and well-being, as well as their academic performance. The faculty are all very knowledgable and the classes are well-suited to the needs of the program they're designed for.
Tips for prospective students
Don't think that your experience will be the same as everyone else'sâ??be open to anything. Bring yourself to class everyday ready to learn about the course content, and also about the biblical principles related to that class.
Academic Rigor
As the school expects students to spend time and focus on homework, it is more rigorous than other schools. Because of this, there are many staff who's jobs are entirely dedicated to helping students with whatever homework or exam problems they may have.
Dorm Life
There's nothing like dorm life at Briercrest. Students are put into dorms based on their personalities, and are given room mates in their first year. Students almost always live in dorm until they're 21, and this creates such a beautiful community dynamic that builds relationships so quickly. The Resident Directors and Assistants are there to care for and help everyone in their dorm.
Food and Dining
Honestly, the food isn't that great. The good thing about the food is that it's shared in one big cafeteria where community is, once again, built very quickly.
What to do for fun
Since this is a small town, students have to get creative to find things to do. There are 3 coffee shops in town, and lots of people go there and hang out, drink coffee, watch sports, and play ping pong. People often go into Moose Jaw to go to movies, escape rooms, axe throwing, to restaurants, and other things.
Bang for the buck
While the classes are expensive, they're worth it. Not many other places have Bible classes incorporated into provincially accredited programs. There are many ways to get involved in extra-curricular, and most of them are paid in scholarships.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
We yell "hangar" when the opposition of our volleyball teams hit the ceiling with the ball.
Great for these types of students
Christians who are seeking more biblical/ministry training, or who want to get an accredited degree (like business, psychology, history, etc.) while being discipled.
Clubs and Activities
There's actually a lot to do for such a small campus. Intramural sports (like basketball, volleyball, spike ball, dodgeball), art nights, bonfires, movies on the lawn, coffee houses, talent shows, student government, Youth Quake team, internships with departments like recruitment and communications, watching your fellow dorm friends playing their sports.
Campus Safety
Voted #4 safest off campus on CampusRankings so that shows how safe it is! There isn't a lot that goes on in the small town and we've got enough campus security to keep everyone safe if anything happens.
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