calipaww

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Hello everyone! i am having sort of a dilemna about applying to Loma Linda. I am not 7th day adventist or even christian for that matter and have no church affiliation... their average stats are higher than mine.. this whole religious thing is scaring me off to be quite honest and i think its a bit lame too! Do you guys think i should give it a shot just to maximize my chances?
 

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no. don't give it a shot unless you are religious. if by chance you got in (probably difficult if you can't prove you're religious), you probably wouldn't be very happy there.
 

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I had applied there but thinking of not filling out the secondary.

1. I am not christian, and I don't want to attend weekly chapel meetings.
2. I just found out that we "may" need a pastor to write us a rec letter. MAY...!
3. I am not sure if I want to be in a school that is so tied to religion. What about us non-christian folk? anyway, just laying down my thoughts.
 

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is it true its a dry school and they force you to go to church services once a week? not sure where i heard that
 

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I know the desire to stay in CA is strong, very strong...but is it that strong?
 

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For me, the answer is yes. Yes, it is that strong. I have yet to declare any religious affiliation in life, but Loma Linda does not scare me at all. I really hate it when people pressure you to practice their religion, and I think Loma Linda respects people of all religions.

My Persian friend went there for an interview (maybe accepted too), and he had nothing but good things to say about the school. Yes there are weekly meetings where you go to a church, but this is substituted for a "moment of silence" (or something like that) if you do not practice their religion. I know a man on UCI adcom and that is what he told me too. He said obviously you wouldn't be shouting praises of abortion there, but that you just need to respect certain belief systems that they have, even if it's not what you believe.

Hope this makes sense and helps.