Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, GA, USA

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Covenant College
4.47 Average Rating

Hayden from Blairsville, GA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Covenant College is a place where students are challenged in their academic life and also in their spiritual life. The professors strive to be connected to their students and help them grow in academic areas, and also teaching students to glorify God in all that they do. This all takes place on a beautiful campus that offers something for everybody.
Tips for prospective students
Prospective students should be prepared for the many challenges that Covenant offers. Not only in academics, but also in leadership and general life skills. The Faculty and staff has a genuine interest in the student body, and they work to benefit you.
Academic Rigor
The Academics at Covenant are very difficult, but they are not unreasonably difficult. The classes are taught in a manner to best teach the student the material. If you are having trouble with any of the material there are tutors for almost all subjects that are very beneficial in teaching you the concepts you are having trouble with. The Professors are generally very helpful as well, and will meet with you to talk about their class, even if you are not struggling with their class.
Dorm Life
Dorm life at Covenant College is great for many reasons. Each hall has a different personality, and many of the closest friendships are made with people on your hall. Also out of the four Dorm buildings there is also much personality in each building as well. Each building has its own traditions that are passed down. There is always something going on in the dorms, and there are many people to hang out with. Also there are many events that are thrown by the four different buildings, and most are really fun.
Food and Dining
The Dinning at Covenant is at best mediocre. Some days the food is really good, and some days it is pretty bad. There is a consistent amount of good pizza made, and there is also a good salad bar and a sandwich bar. The food is generally not great, but it is also not horrible.
What to do for fun
There are a lot of fun things to do around Campus. Most are outdoor activities with trails that Cover the entire mountain on which Covenant sits. Chattanooga is filled with a bunch of fun things to do, and it is only a 15 to 20 min drive away.
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Molly from Chester, VT

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Covenant is very Christ centered. It's very small, but that means that you have the opportunity to build relationships with your professors. The people are in general very friendly and quirky.
Tips for prospective students
Compared to other Christian Colleges, Covenant is well balanced between legalistic and nominally Christian colleges in the way it deals with dorm life and classes. It's focus is on Christ, but it certainly doesn't get in the way of teaching what you need to know about science, history, etc. It also isn't too strict about how students live their lives, but it does expect a certain level of responsibility from you.
Academic Rigor
The classes are tough, but a lot of fun. I can't compare it to other colleges from my own experience, but Covenant students place very well on standardized exams.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is a lot of fun, and very uplifting. You can build very close friends on your halls, and hall community is very close.
Food and Dining
For cafeteria food, it's really not that bad. It can get kind of repetitive, but you can find a way to eat healthily most of the time. The students love to complain about it, but it gives us something to do.
What to do for fun
There are many organizations that are open for good times. All throughout the semester, your hall plans events. Chattanooga has a number of fun things to do for very little money.
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Melanie from Janesville, WI

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes at Covenant are challenging in the best way. In my first year of college I was pushed to do things I could not imagine myself being able to accomplish, until I did. The professors are caring and extremely helpful as they push you to do your best. Teachers treat you as people, not simply as another brain on a stick. I have been inspired to continue my learning, not only in college, but for my entire life.
Am enjoying being here
I have met friends in my first year at Covenant that I will no doubt be in contact with twenty years down the road. The students are passionate about their faith and about having fun. There are people from all over the United States and around the world. This creates a perfect environment to learn from those different than yourself.
Bang for the buck
Covenant is expensive, there is no question about that, but it is phenomenal school as well. I have grown in my social relationships, walk with God, and of course in my scholarly work. I have been pushed to do things I never would have thought I could do and succeeded in them. Do not give up on Covenant because of the price. It is well worth it. See my tip below.
Tips for prospective students
Do not look at the price tag of the college and write it off. The admissions staff is fantastic and works very hard to get you to Covenant without causing you to go irrevocably in debt. Also, apply for the large scholarships before December 1. These are the best opportunities to prove you are serious about attending Covenant. Even if you do not get one of these scholarships, most people I have talked with walked away with nearly as much in other forms of aid.
Great for these types of students
This college is great for students who want to have a clean yet amazing time while still working hard in the classroom. It is the best of both worlds. Covenant has the protection and standards of a Christian school (because it is one) yet has the easy going, fantastically hilarious side that is seen in dorm life and campus activities.
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Rebeka from Manteca, CA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes have proved engaging and intellectually challenging. Professors communicate well with students; tutors are available. Students work hard to earn good grades.
As a liberal arts college, Covenant requires several core classes. Professors do a good job of showing how each class applies to real life situations.
Am enjoying being here
Hall life if phenomenal. The community within residence halls and buildings are extremely close-knit. Freshmen live alongside sophomores, seniors and juniors. There is almost always something going on, whether it's a sporting event, intramural game, hall-hosted dance, musical performance or building-wide study break.
Living on top of Lookout Mountain, you can feel isolated, especially if you do not have a car. Chattanooga is only fifteen minutes away and offers a plethora of interesting activities. Downtown has a lot of character and emphasizes the arts. Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville are all two hours away, too.
Bang for the buck
Other colleges are less expensive and offer more options, but the education is worth the price.
Class sizes are small, allowing students to interact more with professors and with classmates.
Room and board includes an unlimited meal plan, which makes it more expensive. Housing options (student apartments, 4-man rooms, limited meal plan) help students who need financial assistance.
Tips for prospective students
Do not neglect your studies and testing. Covenant does work with students if they do not quite meet the requirements, but they are very selective.
Visit the college. You get a feel for the community on and off campus, so a visit can convince you that Covenant is the college for you or that it isn't. Plus, the campus is gorgeous (it was a hotel in the 1920s).
Great for these types of students
-Christians, especially those with reformed views
-Those interested in missions or community development
-Those looking to have a lot of fun while upholding Covenant's Christian standards
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Sabrina from MIami, FL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Best School Ever
Tips for prospective students
Put yourself out there and get to know a lot of people. I think this school is wonderful for people who want to start a new life. Join clubs to help you find a small group of friends and enjoy the people you work with.
Academic Rigor
Fantastic academics, I think it is perfect for someone who wants to be academically challenged especially with scripture.
Dorm Life
Love the hall life. I had a great time getting to know my hall mates and they can become some of your best friends.
Food and Dining
Some days are good and some are bad, if anything, shoot for a salad and soup and you're good to go.
What to do for fun
Go on ghetto. They're always doing something crazy. Call a friend, go down the mountain or attend a Bible study.
Bang for the buck
School is super expensive! But you can make it work.. Loans loans loans
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I love the crazy traditions, wearing kilts, playing the bagpipes, and 2nd south initiation. The location is absolutely beautiful!
Great for these types of students
If you're weird, and have quirks, and have weird fashion, this place is for you!
Clubs and Activities
There are so many great options for clubs and activities, it can be a little overwhelming but once you settle yourself its like perfect.
Campus Safety
Safe place, nothing bad ever really happens.
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Lena

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Covenant is a school where students are immersed in a Christ-centered community: faculty, staff, and students encourage one another to glorify Christ, to discover your personal calling, and to think critically and with a biblical perspective about contemporary culture. Covenant isn't just about work, however; there are tons of on- and off-campus student activities, Chattanooga is minutes away, and deep friendships are a joy.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be intimidated by the cost; Covenant tends to be generous with financial aid. You may get more scholarships and work-study aid than you expect.
Academic Rigor
Classes at Covenant stretch me every semester. My professors expect me to think and write well, and to integrate Christianity with what I'm learning. There is a lot of reading, but it's often interesting, unusual reading material.
Dorm Life
Students want to be at Covenant, so they want to invest in the community. Covenant has a very close-knit community; students bond on their halls and at frequent on-campus social activities. The Resident Assistants on each hall are some of the most friendly and wise people I have met - they'll work hard to give you a great experience.
Food and Dining
Covenant's dining is, well... improving. I personally enjoy the food in the main dining area: there is an all-day soup, sandwich, and salad bar, as well as pizza and eclectic options at every meal. On-campus students can only have the full meal plan, however, which is inconvenient if you have a crazy class schedule or don't like cafeteria food.
What to do for fun
There are many opportunities for fun: hall events (like date nights or hikes), trips to Chattanooga with friends, or activities on the mountain (caving and hiking, for example).
Bang for the buck
Not every professor is an interesting teacher, but they all care about student success. Covenant requires that you work hard, but, if you apply yourself, you'll learn so much.
Great for these types of students
Students who are serious about growing in Christ; eager to learn; athletic, artsy, or from another culture; anyone who loves living on a mountain!
Clubs and Activities
There are lots of clubs available, and free/public activities almost every weekend.
Greek Life
There is no Greek life at Covenant. The halls are very close and substitute for Greek life.
Campus Safety
Covenant has 24-hour surveillance and patrol. All the dorm buildings require an access card to enter. Covenant is located in a quiet, respectable neighborhood in a town with two policemen.
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Madeline from Hudson, OH

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Covenant College is a beautiful campus with a wonderful student community. All the professors truly care about each student. Christ is pre-eminent in all the things that Covenant does.
Tips for prospective students
Go visit the campus. Its beautiful and on top of a mountain, even if you don't end up choosing the school, the trip is worth it. And if you visit, give yourself enough time to see the campus as well as Chattanooga, TN which is a great city for visitors.
Academic Rigor
Covenant challenges students to work hard and they expect a lot from each student. Classes are hard, but if you need help, professors are understanding and want to help you.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is so much fun! Halls become close families and many do actives together. Each building houses students that have similar interests, so its very easy to make friends with those who are immediately around you.
Food and Dining
The food on campus is not the best college food, but its better than some that I've had. It's generally healthy and its easy to maintain good habits in the Great Hall.
What to do for fun
The campus is full of actives put together by C.A.B. including lots of music festivals and dances. The city of Chattanooga TN is at the base of the mountain, about fifteen minutes away. Chattanooga is so much fun and has a lot to offer college students at good prices. Rock City is five minutes from the campus, Ruby Falls is maybe ten, and the Chattanooga aquarium is always worth a visit.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Covenant has the Highland Games during homecoming weekend. Because we are a scottish school, each hall nominates some men from their halls and the boys dress up in kilts and war paint and participate in old-fashioned highland games. Its incredibly entertaining.
Great for these types of students
Covenant is good for a person who loves the outdoors, and will appreciate a sunrise and sunset over a mountain every day. Someone who loves the Lord and wants a christian education in every field of study. You must be someone who works hard, but can also play hard. Covenant is bit quirky, but so much fun.
Campus Safety
The Campus is very safe. It's not very big and its on top of a mountain. The surrounding community (Fairyland) is small and quaint and full of people who love the college and the atmosphere it brings.
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HollyAnne from Duluth, GA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Covenant College expects its students to work hard in order to expand their minds for the glory of God. Covenant students can expect excellent reading and writing assignments as well as the integration of faith and learning. Biblical Perspective is key at Covenant as are strong work ethic, a community mindset, an appetite for fun and adventure, and a desire to serve God.
Am enjoying being here
Covenant wants to shape well rounded students. Not only is there an excellent academic program, but the Campus Activities Board and other members of the student body work hard to put on fun events like dances, performances, and movie nights. There's always something enjoyable from Chapel Lawn soccer to movies in the conference room to late night runs to Yellow Deli to studying at Rembrandt's to hall events to intermurals to sporting events and so much more.
Bang for the buck
Covenant is expensive because it is a private college. However, it offers wonderful benefits for its students. In addition to excellent academics and activities, Covenant's Priesthill Center offers free counseling to students, the Center for Calling and Career helps with job and internship hunting, Residence Life seeks to foster loving and healthy dorm life, and the professors and staff are godly, kind, knowledgeable, and helpful.
Tips for prospective students
On top of Lookout Mountain we work and play hard. Whether it's academics or work study, be ready to apply yourself to the task at hand. Come ready to invest in the lives of your fellow students, the local community, and the local church. Come ready to learn and ready to be blessed. Also, apply for every scholarship you can!
Great for these types of students
Students who are committed to Jesus Christ.
Students who love the outdoors.
Students who enjoy the Christian hipster scene.
Students who are passionate about community and deep relationships.
Students who want to learn how to integrate faith and life.
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Hannah from Bradenton, FL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Covenant College is a wonderful institution! I am a freshman there right now and I absolutely love it! I would recommend Covenant to any prospective student!
Tips for prospective students
I recommend that you dive in to everything. In my first semester, I kept thinking that I had to wait to become involved, but I still had this thinking in November and I realized I missed being apart of so much because I felt like it was to early to be involved.
Academic Rigor
The academics are quite rigorous. Be prepared to work as hard as you can and still get a B. You really work hard for the grades you get an if you get a B, be proud of that B!
Dorm Life
The dorm life is the best! I live in Founders (I will not say what hall) and I absolutely love it! My hall is so close and each and every hall has their own traditions. The RAs do not make you be involved if you do not want to, but I highly recommend that you do! Hall life is a fundamental part of the Covenant experience!
Food and Dining
The food is not the best, especially on the weekends. Yet they do have a bit of variety. You can always get a sandwich and pizza if you do not like what they are serving. However, the Great Hall is beautiful and it is so much fun to sit with friends and enjoy the meal.
What to do for fun
The school is on a mountain, so you need a car or a friend with a car if you want to get down, however there are a lot of clubs and events scattered throughout the semester so when you are not doing homework, there are always something to do! Rock City, Ruby Falls, and a lot of other tourist type stuff are on the mountain that everyone should do at least once. Chattanooga has a lot of good food and activities. Mr. T's is a pizza place down the mountain and it is the BEST! You will not be bored!
Bang for the buck
The school is expensive but they have amazing financial aid. The professors are personal and want to get to know you. The relationships are rich.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The school has a lot of traditions. Different dorm buildings will put on a walk through experience where the halls decorate the halls to a particular theme (Around Founders is the best!). Mac and Founders have Mac Movie and Founders Music Video where the different halls film videos that the whole campus enjoys watching. There are dancing and we have the Highland Games because WE ARE THE SCOTS! There is a lot of traditions that I cannot possibly cover them all.
Great for these types of students
I think students who want a small school will flourish. You need to be academically minded to succeed. Yet any person if they want to do well, will do well. The sports are great here so athletes are welcome!
Clubs and Activities
The activites are amazing! I cannot say much about clubs because my semester was so busy I could not really participate in clubs this semester, but i cannot wait to get more involved next yer!
Campus Safety
The campus is fairly safe. The security officers are nice and they are constantly looking out for our safety, but the school is safe. We just got a new head of security who worked for the secret service. Safety of the students are priority.
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Chloe from LaFayette, GA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
2 people found this review useful
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Tips for prospective students
Visit Covenant during the Campus Preview Weekends! I have been to 2 and they are so much fun and they really allow for you to see what going here is all about. You also get to stay in the dorms for the weekend, tour the campus, eat with the students, and attend classes of your choice.
Academic Rigor
I am planning to attend Covenant in the fall and I have heard firsthand from students that the classes are rigorous, but the professors are more than willing to help any way they can. The classes are small and the professors know the students by name.
Dorm Life
Each dorm has its own personality in a sense. Everyone is very close and friendly.
Food and Dining
During both my stays during the Campus Preview Weekends I really enjoyed the food. There are many choices and everything was great!
Bang for the buck
Covenant is very expensive, but work with your admissions adviser to get as many scholarships as you can. They will do what they can to make it affordable for you.
Great for these types of students
Christians, striving to become closer to God and still enjoy the fun side of college life.
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