Important Questions and Answers
Is Generation Bible College (GBC) affiliated with any other colleges/schools?
Generation Bible College (GBC) is affiliated as an extension campus of the Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC) in Murrieta, California. Through this affiliate campus, students can study in Santa Barbara, CA and earn credit toward a CCBC degree. Although connected with the Main Campus, each Affiliate Campus is a separate ministry under the oversight and leadership of it’s own local Calvary Chapel Church. GBC is under the oversight and leadership of Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. All of the courses offered at this campus are approved and are transferrable to the Main Campus. In addition, we may offer not-for-credit classes that enrich the student.
Where are the classes held/ what is the campus like?
All Classes are held at the church (CCSB). The church building is large and has plenty of rooms to hold classes. Also, this lends to alot of interaction between students and church staff. The church is less than two blocks from the beach and is very close to downtown Santa Barbara. The church is 37,408 square feet after plenty of rooms.
Where are the dorms?
The dorms are about a mile from the Church. Students are able to walk, drive or bike. The dorms are actual apartments neard downtown Santa Barbara.
What are classes like?
Most classes at GBC are in-depth studies of the Bible. There are many classes where the subject is a book of the Bible: Genesis, Romans, and John. In addition to these classes, GBC offers other classes based on topics: Worship, Bible Study Methods, and Apologetics. Regardless of the class, GBC places a high value on the Word of God and integrates it into each class. We believe this is an effective method God uses to transform our lives to love Him more and seek to serve Him better.
What size are the classes?
Class sizes are predicted to be small due to how young the college is. Since GBC has only just opened, and there are a small number of students, each class will have a low student to instructor ratio.
What are the demographics of the student body?
Generation Bible College is open to anyone and everyone who desires to grow in their faith and be equipped to serve Jesus in whatever capacity He has for them. Therefore, like the Kingdom of God, the student body is very diverse. There are many different age groups, backgrounds, and life stories. We believe the natural outflow of this will be that people will grow closer to one another, have deeper friendships than ever, and be encouraged in their faith more than they thought they would. Each of us has something to offer each other, and we need one another in our pursuit of Jesus.
Are all students only from Calvary Chapel churches?
No. GBC is not only for those who grew up in, or are currently attending a Calvary Chapel. GBC is for those who love Jesus and want to grow in Him and be equipped to serve.
What does one do with a degree from Bible College?
Since we are an affiliate of Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC), our degrees are granted through Murrieta Calvary Chapel Bible College. And since CCBC is a Bible College, it will probably not fully qualify you for a specific career. Our focus and purpose is to help you know Jesus better and be better equipped to serve Him wherever He leads you. However, a degree from CCBC can be an added benefit to the experience of learning the Word and growing spiritually. Plus some churches may see a degree from CCBC as a positive qualification for a position in ministry and some secular employers have accepted a degree from CCBC as meeting their requirements.
Will other colleges accept CCBC/GBC credits?
Yes, but on a case-by-case basis. Although CCBC is not an accredited college, there are many accredited Christian colleges who consider CCBC as a credible program and accepts credits in transfer, at their discretion. This is one big reason why GBC is an affiliate of CCBC.
Is CCBC accredited?
No, CCBC is not an accredited college. So far the leadership of CCBC has chosen not to pursue accreditation at this point. CCBC is a religious-exempt institution as verified by the State of California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
What degrees does CCBC offer?
Since GBC is affiliated with CCBC, we currently do not offer degrees. However, if you choose, you have the opportunity of earning a degree from CCBC. The only requirement for receiving a degree from CCBC is that one must complete up 60 credits at GBC or another affiliate of CCBC, which is transferred from GBC to CCBC, then a minimum of 20 credits must be completed at the Murrieta campus or through the CCBC Distance Learning program in order to earn a CCBC degree. There are currently four different educational tracks that a student can choose to pursue. We offer:
Bachelor of Biblical Studies
The BA in Biblical Studies is a two-year program for students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree or higher-level degree at another college. Acceptance is conditional upon submission of official transcripts that show evidence of their earned degree, and a copy of that school’s catalogue. The BA in Biblical Studies degree consists of 80 semester credits earned at a CCBC, combined with the Associate of Arts degree or higher.
Associate in Theology
The Associate in Theology is a two-year program intended for students who have completed high school, a GED Program, or the equivalent. Students must take all the required courses at GBC or a CCBC affiliate and pass them with a grade of C- or better.
Certificate of Completion
The Certificate of Completion is a course of study intended for students who are not prepared for college-level academics or are not high school graduates. The spiritual training in this program is identical to that of the Associate in Theology or the BA in Biblical Studies. In the Certificate Program, the students complete the courses on a Pass/Fail basis and this requires the student to attend classes 100% of the time and complete assignments to a passing standard. Students must receive a grad of “Pass” in all classes.
A total of 80 credits must be earned by the student. Students walk through the graduation ceremony and receive the Certificate of Completion just as a degree student.
Students who desire to grow spiritually without earning credits may apply for the Audit Program. Audit students are not required to do the homework and must attend class at least 70% of the time in order to receive the grade of Satisfactory Audit (AU). Audit students do not earn credit and do not earn a certificate or degree of any kind.
When do I register for classes?
For the Fall 2012 semester the time to register will be in August. GBC is currently accepting student applications for Fall 2012.
What is the city of Santa Barbara like?
Santa Barbara has been described as being “paradise on earth”. We consider it the closest you will come to heaven. There are beaches and mountains minutes away. The weather never gets below 50 degrees F and above 85 degrees F. It is an all around “typical California” city.
Is there financial aid available?
No, there is no financial aid available. We believe that where God guides, God provides. If He is calling a student to attend GBC, then He will make a way for them to attend.
Does Generation offer housing?
Generation Bible College offers separate men’s and women’s homes located in downtown Santa Barbara. Housing costs per semester are 2,705.00. The homes are within biking distance from the church and our classes. Students generally have a roommate and share a bathroom. These homes are fully furnished and include beds, desks, and lamps in the rooms. Linens are also provided including: twin bed sheets, pillows, blankets, and duvets, however students are welcome to bring their own if they desire.
*The housing fee includes : Gas, Electricity, Water, Sewer, Garbage/Recycling and Internet.
Are students allowed to have a car?
Students are allowed to have a car. If the student is unable to bring their car, we encourage the student to look into public transportation. The public transportation system in Santa Barbara is pretty good, and really cheap. We would also recommend for each student to bring a bicycle for an alternative form of transportation. Most stores, supermarkets, and other shops are relatively close.
Do I need a laptop?
We recommend that you have your own computer since there will be communication that will happen between instructors and students via the internet and email. Printers will be available for students to use at the CCSB offices.
Why do you check my Facebook profile?
It is our desire at GBC to have students who are passionate and serious about their walk with the Lord and want to live a life that is reflective of that. One way that this passion and love is evident is your “online presence”. Today more than ever before, people are living their lives online. Much of ourselves is posted for the world to see, therefore, we want that presence to be one that supports your love for Jesus. Please be careful what you post, what you say, what pictures you show, and what others are saying about you. We will be checking.
The climate is fairly mild with occasional cold and hot days. It is not always sunny and hot, so jeans, shorts, shirts, sweaters, and a good jacket is good. We are on the ocean, so you may want to bring swim wear. We are also near the mountains, so if you like hiking, some good hiking shoes will be good as well. Just do not overpack b/c you are sharing closet space with roommates.
The school uses an integrated website where students have access to a portal where they can retrieve and submit assignments etc. Nowadays most people have almost everything else on their phone: alarm etc.. Keep it minimal, there is no need for a stereo etc. An mp3 device is needed for The OT and NT Survey classes.
All students should have a Bible (yes, it is on your phone, but physical Bibles are needed as well :-)). We recommend you bring some books, but not a whole library. If you do not have a kindle, you can download a kindle application for your computer for free. This is great because it not only keeps the cost of books down, but also allows you to store them in one place without all the weight and needed space to store them.