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Summer Orientation for Students

June 16-17 or 23-24

Students, we’re so excited that you are going to be a part of BJU!

At Summer Orientation, you’ll get to set up your class schedule, connect with your professors, make friends with other new students—and be prepared to start your first year.

$100 per student | Deadline: June 1
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Thursday (Optional Early Check-In)

7–8:30 p.m.

Residence Hall Move-In

Since we have an early start on Friday morning, check in at your residence hall (Ladies: Margaret Mack / Men: Johnson) on Thursday evening. But if checking in on Friday morning works better for you, you can come by the Welcome Center between 7:30–8:30 a.m.

Friday

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Check-In

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

Pick up your information packet and get your Summer Orientation room assignment. Please move into your room before the 9 a.m. Opening Session.

This is also your opportunity to take placement tests before you register on Saturday. (Placement tests are available online through BJUOnline. Talk with your admission counselor about how to complete these before arriving.)

Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. if you wish to complete placement tests.

Do I need to take placement tests?

Your advising appointment and any music auditions will be scheduled individually and included in your Summer Orientation notebook.

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 you as a student. We’ll also give you an overview of what Summer Orientation has to offer.

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
  • 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. And you’ll get to know other students in your chosen program. In addition, you’ll experience the variety of food options available in the dining common.

1:30–2:15 p.m.

Session 5: Thriving at College

Alumni Building (Lecture A)

We don’t think students should just survive their first-year…we think they should THRIVE! We’d like to help you make a successful transition from high school to college in order to get the most out of your college years. This investment you’re making now will likely affect the rest of your life.

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 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.

Dinner

Kalmbach Room (Dining Common)

Meet your orientation group for dinner in the dining common.

7–8 p.m.

Break

Relax and enjoy. Connect with new friends. Enjoy the campus. And get changed for the evening activities.

8 p.m.

Bruins Quest

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

Join your orientation leader and group for a fun, interactive activity.

8:45 p.m.

Praise & Fellowship

Pavilion (back campus)

Enjoy a time of testimonies, singing and snacks on back campus. Come prepared to worship God and enjoy fellowship with new friends.

10:30 p.m.

Discipleship Groups

Residence Halls

Saturday

8–9 a.m.

Breakfast in the Residence Halls & Pack-up

Residence Halls

9–9:30 a.m.

Session 9

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

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

9:45–10:15 a.m.

Session 10

Alumni Building

(Choose from one of the following)

  • BJU Apps
  • 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
  • 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. Please complete any barrel storage requests at your residence hall. 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

Early Check-In (Optional)

Thursday, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
(Residence Halls)

Check-In

Friday, 7:30–8:30 a.m.
(Welcome Center Lobby)
Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. if you wish to complete placement tests. Placement tests are available online with BJU Online. Talk with your admission counselor about how to complete these before arriving.

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

  • Bedding & pillow (twin size)
  • Toiletries, towels, washcloths
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Paper, pens and pencils for notes
  • Social Security card
  • Official copies of your completed high school and/or college transcripts (if not previously submitted)

Financial Aid Documents

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

Job Documents

If you have already secured a student job, you can bring the documents requested from HR.

What to Wear

Women

  • Class dress is recommended for Friday daytime meetings.
    • Modest dresses or skirts to the knee; shirts or tops to cover the shoulder
  • For evening and Saturday, pants/jeans/capris are fine.
  • We ask that you not wear shorts.

Men

  • Class dress is recommended for Friday daytime meetings.
    • Collared shirts and casual pants
  • For evening and Saturday, T-shirts/jeans are fine.
  • Hair trimmed neatly (off the collar and with your ears showing)
  • We ask that you not wear shorts.

Storage Items

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

Barrels will be available in your 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.

Attending

Who should attend Orientation?

Should I bring my parents?

Should I bring my brothers and/or sisters?

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

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

How long is Orientation?

I want to attend the same Orientation as my friend; how do we do this?

Academics

Do I meet with an academic advisor during Orientation?

Will I be able to schedule my classes during Orientation?

If I need to audition, how do I prepare for it?

Accommodations

As a new student, can I stay off campus during Orientation?