I agree that it's a good idea to think about accreditation (which was mentioned). BJU is not regionally accredited (though I think I heard something about possibly seeking such; it would be a good idea to ask), and this causes some problems for some students applying to grad school or the Air Force and so on. This might be the case for some other Christian schools more local to you like Northland International, but I am not sure; they might have or be seeking regional accreditation (it doesn't say on their site that i can find; Wikipedia mentions only TRACS but I thought I might have heard something different).
I would agree that it's important to get with a group of believers whatever you choose to do. Starting at a community college where you can live at home, and then transferring to a 4-year school may be an option (and this might be more affordable than private/Christian school, too).
I agree with the advice to make a shortlist and then visit, especially if you plan to go any distance or stay in the dorms. It's difficult to tell the culture of a campus until you are actually there.
Sometimes there are college fairs or Christian college fairs. I would go to these and prepare a list of questions asking about academics, the campus culture, and if you plan to live there, the dorm situations and dorm life, (and the cafeteria).
If it's a Christian college fair, ask something specific about the Bible teaching. (it's amazing to hear from a Christian college student: "What is inerrancy?" we briefly explain, then hear, "I have no idea what our school teaches about that..... :thinking:..... :lightbulb: I'm a communications major; you would have to ask a theology major if you want to know the answer to that".)
ps, you probably know this, but be sure to take (if you can) the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT. some schools will require the ACT as placement exam, and some schools will require the SAT.
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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." ~ John 1: 1, 14