I've heard all the popular statements: "God wants me to be a light in a dark world", "why wouldn't God want me to go to a secular university?", and "I can still be a Christian in an unfavorable un-Christian setting." While those utterances may be necessarily true, it might not be the best decision. Why, you may ask? I'm glad you asked, but I've been itching to tell you why.
First of all, there is something about united with fellow believers that makes you more confident and secure in your faith. When you are surrounded by a community that years to grow and thrive in Christ as you do, it does something in your soul. It makes you come alive. Just last night, a good friend of mine came in and we talked about some personal stuff. After diving just a tad deeper, I encouraged her, telling that Jesus is your Prince and that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Then, my roommate and I prayed for her in our room at one o'clock in the morning. And Jesus was there. He showed up; His presence clouded the atmosphere. We laid hands on her, confessing healing and emotional restoration, and it was such a wonderful moment. You can't get that at a secular university: when you feel anything other than good or joyful, people are more than willing to pray for or with you, and listen to you. They want to help you. They want to shower love over you. When I feel low and need some spiritual boosting, I ask my roommate to pray for me, and you know what? I feel more energized than had I been if I drank 3 Red Bull's.
Second, there is an on-campus chapel service for undergrad and I like it more than the church service back home. It's sad, but it's true. Why? Because it's alive. The worship prompts you to worship the King truthfully and honestly. It helps that the songs they sing are annointed. The chamberlain of the chapel speaks truth and vitality on everyone, and it just ignites a fire in you. People speak, they see visions, they speak healing over those who need it, and they bring words of encouragement. Not a week goes by when I don't want to go to Unchapel. It's simply not enough that I know Jesus and know the Bible; it's a different thing entirely when I experience it firsthand with a force as powerful as a surging wave.
That all being said, it really all depends which Christian university you attend. There are many Christian colleges and some of them may be academically rigorous but lacking the spiritual rigor and thirst and others may have the latter but not the former. I'm privileged to attend a school that has both, and let me tell you, I will never be the same because of that.