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Summer Orientation for Parents

June 16-17 or 23-24

Parents, we want you to come to Orientation too! Find out how you can help your student succeed at college. Meet other parents as well as the faculty and staff at BJU who will be pouring their lives into your student. You will leave with valuable resources and information.

Attending Summer Orientation will help you and your student start the year with confidence.


Friday

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Residence Hall Open House & Student Check-In

8–9 a.m.

Parent Check-in

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

Pick up your Summer Orientation packet. This is also your student’s chance to move into their residence halls and take placement tests before they register.

Plan to arrive before by 8 a.m. to complete placement tests.

Does my student need to take placement tests?

Parent Reception

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

Enjoy a cup of coffee and refreshments with other parents and BJU executives.

8 & 8:30 a.m.

Campus Tours

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

Meet a student orientation leader for a walking tour of campus.

9 a.m.

Session 1: Opening & Welcome

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

A personal welcome from President Steve Pettit and an overview of what BJU has to offer your student.

10–10:30 a.m.

Session 2

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • Academic Accommodations
  • Academic Support Services
  • Choosing a Major/Minor
  • Studying Bible
    Required for all school of religion majors
  • Studying Business
    Required for the following majors: Business, Business Administration, Culinary Arts
  • Studying Music
    Required for the music majors
  • Studying STEM
    Required for the following majors: Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, or Physics
  • Visit the Information Fair
    Student Center, open 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Session 3

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • Academic Support Services
  • Studying Education
    Required for all teacher education majors in the bachelor program
  • Studying Nursing
    Required for nursing majors
  • Studying STEM
    Required for the following majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Health Sciences, Premed/Predent
  • What to Bring to College
  • Visit the Information Fair
    Student Center, open 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session 4

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • Choosing a Major/Minor
  • Online Math Modules
  • Studying Accounting
    Required for accounting majors
  • Studying Health Sciences
    Required for health sciences majors
  • What to Bring to College
  • Visit the Information Fair
    Student Center, open 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

12–1:30 p.m.

Major Mixer Lunch

Kalmbach Room (Dining Common)

Students and parents are invited to enjoy lunch while meeting the faculty and the dean of your school. Faculty at BJU take a special interest in knowing the students in their programs. Come with your student to meet the people who will be pouring their lives into your student. In addition, you’ll experience the variety of food options available in the dining common.

1:30–2:15 p.m.

Session 5: Letting them Grow

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

Speaker: Mrs. Rebecca Weier (Director of Student Success & Engagement)
The transition from high school to college is not just a transition students make, but one parents make as well. Helping your student navigate life from a distance can be challenging, but knowing ahead of time the opportunities for growth, demands, and anxieties each of you may face will help you be better prepared to navigate both transitions with confidence.

2:30–3 p.m.

Session 6

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • Financial Aid
  • Health and Wellness
  • Parking and Safety
  • Your First Bill
  • Visit the Information Fair
    Student Center, open 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

3:15–3:45 p.m.

Session 7

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • Financial Aid
  • Health and Wellness
  • Parking and Safety
  • Your First Bill
  • Visit the Information Fair
    Student Center, open 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

4–4:45 p.m.

Session 8: Student Life & Discipleship

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

The Student Life team will explain the basics of the student experience at BJU, including opportunities for growth, expectations, and resources for success.

4:45–5:30 p.m.

Parent & Student Q&A

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

6 p.m.

Enjoy dinner on your own in the Greenville area.

Saturday

9–9:30 a.m.

Session 9

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • Choosing a Church
  • Dad-to-Dad
  • Mom-to-Mom
  • Societies & Extra-curricular Activities
  • Student Employment

9:45–10:15 a.m.

Session 10

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • Choosing a Church
  • Societies & Extra-curricular Activities
  • Student Employment

10:30–11 a.m.

Session 11

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • BJU Apps
  • Choosing a Church
  • Dad-to-Dad
  • Mom-to-Mom
  • Societies & Extra-curricular Activities
  • Student Employment

11:15 a.m.

Session 12: Closing

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

President Steve Pettit shares his heart for discipleship, along with the practical ways discipleship plays out at BJU. The Summer Orientation team will share some final tips to wrap up the weekend. And it’ll be time to gather your stuff and get ready to return in August.

Noon

Orientation Ends

Thank you for coming to Summer Orientation. Have a safe trip home! We look forward to seeing you again on Saturday, August 26, when you return for Welcome Week.

When to Arrive

Check-in

Friday, 8–9 a.m.
(Welcome Center Lobby)
Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. if you wish to complete placement tests.

Orientation

Friday, 8 a.m. – Saturday, noon

Hotels for Parents

View some Greenville area hotels.

Driving Directions


Arriving in Greenville? We can pick you up.

If you’re arriving by plane, bus or train, we can give you a ride to and from campus. Shuttle service is provided from:

  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
  • Greenville bus station
  • Greenville train station

To request a shuttle, contact the Welcome Center by 5 p.m. the Wednesday prior to your arrival.

Arriving outside the Greenville Area

Shuttle Service from Major Airports

Vendors at these airports provide shuttle service.

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) — 3 hours from Greenville
  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) — 2 hours from Greenville

Shuttle arrangements can be made by calling 800-669-6463. When scheduling flights, please keep in mind your travel time to and from BJU and the airport.

Personal Items

You may want to have items to take notes with (a device or pen/paper).

What to Wear

Business casual dress

Financial Aid Documents

If you need to provide any Financial Aid documents, bring those. Contact Financial Aid with any questions.

Looking for where to stay?

Check out some Greenville hotels.

Storage Items

You may bring items for the fall semester to be placed in storage and delivered to your student’s residence hall room at the beginning of Welcome Week. The containers may include boxes and barrels.

Barrels will be available in your student’s residence hall for purchase and storage. The barrel dimensions are 29" tall and 19" in diameter and may be purchased for $25. There is a yearly storage fee of $20.

You may contact Student Storage or call 370-1800, ext. 4116, with any storage questions.

Accommodations

Where should I stay?

Attending

Who should attend Orientation?

Do I really need to come?

Should I bring my other children?

I had a family member attend BJU previously; do I need to come to Orientation?

As a transfer student, my student attended Orientation at a previous institution; do we need to come to BJU’s Orientation?

How long is Orientation?

Academics

Will my student meet with an academic advisor during Orientation?

Will my student be able to schedule classes during Orientation?