The most important characteristic that Gutenberg College looks for when considering an applicant for admission is some indication that the applicant is motivated to actively engage the Gutenberg College program. Gutenberg looks for students who have some, if not all, of the following: a willingness to work hard; a disposition to work cooperatively with others in learning; intellectual curiosity; the determination to complete a task; and the inclination to enjoy the mental process of seeking answers to important and difficult questions.
The prospective student must be mature and ready to interact with the deeply personal Gutenberg College program. In the course of reading the Great Books, students struggle with and work through serious and personal questions that lead to profound introspection and outward reflection. A willingness to grapple with tough questions and seek Truth wherever it leads is the hallmark of the Gutenberg education.
At Gutenberg College, building a biblical worldview does not mean providing students with simplistic answers to the difficult questions that life, circumstances, and people bring one’s way. The current trend in Christendom is to try to inoculate Christians from the “–isms” (humanism, socialism, post-modernism, and so forth) of modern life by providing short, entertaining conferences designed to create the impression that these “–isms” and their adherents are inept or stupid. Gutenberg College charts a different course when dealing with conflicting ideas and philosophies. “Respect” is the operative word for Gutenberg’s approach. Our goal is to allow the author of an idea to express what he truly intends, to understand that intent, and then to assess its merits. Rather than creating simplistic, less-than-honest barriers to communication, Gutenberg’s approach fosters the ability to engage individuals and culture. Sincere Christians have considered many of the same questions and solutions proposed by the authors students study at Gutenberg. Therefore, Gutenberg approaches developing a biblical worldview by taking students on a four-year quest for Truth, encouraging them to honestly confront the big questions of life raised by great minds and then to consider how the answers correspond to the biblical authors’ perspectives on related concerns.
Typical Gutenberg Student
Gutenberg College students typically enjoy reading, especially the “Great Books,” and discussing important works in small groups. A more fundamental trait, however, is a desire to investigate the nature of human existence and what it means to live a good life. Life experiences and educational traditions vary greatly among Gutenberg students, although many Gutenberg College students have been homeschooled.
A successful applicant will have completed high school or its equivalent and is likely to have followed a college preparatory course that includes two years of algebra, one year of geometry, two years of a foreign language, three years of English, and three years of science. Additional work in mathematics and language study is beneficial.