Nearly 400 students and their parents took part in Bob Jones University’s third annual Summer Orientation, an exciting event designed to help prepare incoming freshmen for the fall semester.
During the two almost identical weekend sessions (June 15-16 and June 22-23), students were able to set up their class schedules, meet administrators and faculty members, apply for campus jobs, and much more. “It is a fantastic time to prepare for college ahead of time,” one student said.
On Friday afternoon, students attended two sessions designed to introduce them to life at BJU. During the first session, “An Overview of Life at BJU,” several faculty members, a residence hall supervisor, two current students and an athletics coaches discussed topics ranging from academics to the new intercollegiate athletics program to spiritual life on campus.
In the second session, “BJU Expectations,” dean of students Dr. Eric Newton shared the university’s vision for its students and how BJU’s expectations relate to that vision. “I was encouraged when I found out how much the faculty and staff care about my spiritual growth,” one student said.
Friday evening, students and their parents enjoyed a dinner with the academic dean and several faculty members from the student’s chosen school. That night, students gathered in the Davis Field House for a time of recreation, fellowship and ice cream. They also attended a chapel service and participated in a residence hall prayer group, both vital parts of spiritual life at BJU.
On Saturday morning, students met with their advisors to set up their class schedules. Later that morning, students and their parents attended the Information Fair, where they could find answers to their questions about residence hall requests, technology, societies, organizations, campus work, academic and career-related resources, ministry opportunities and local church involvement.
Opportunities for parents included a “Letting Them Grow” session, financial aid meetings, and dessert with faculty, staff and administrators. “Letting Them Grow” featured a panel of students and parents who discussed the academic, social and spiritual growth opportunities at BJU and how parents can help their students succeed.
A special addition to the second weekend was an opportunity to join the BJU Bruins coaching staff for a luncheon and participate in a workout session.
- It was wonderful to have so many staff to provide help.
- I’m as excited as my kid is about our journey with BJU.
- Summer Orientation confirmed that this is where God wants me!
- It has been an amazing experience.
- I love it here.
- It was well worth the time to take off work to attend.
Published June 25, 2012