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Summer Orientation: Families

June 17–18 or 24–25

Parents and guardians, we want you to come to Orientation, too! Find out how you can help your student succeed at college. Meet other families 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 school year with confidence.


Thursday (Optional Early Arrival)

7–8 p.m.

Early Arrival & Move-In

Women: Creel Residence Hall | Men: Ironside Residence Hall

Because we have an early start on Friday morning, students can check in at their residence hall on Thursday evening. But if you’re arriving Friday on campus, they can check in between 7:30–9 a.m. at their residence hall.

7–9 p.m.

Early Check-in for Families

Welcome Center Desk

Pick up your family's nametags and Summer Orientation magazine.

Friday

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Student Center (2nd Floor)

7:30–8:45 a.m.

Move-In & Open House

Women: Creel Residence Hall | Men: Ironside Residence Hall

Pick up your student’s information packet and get their Summer Orientation room assignment. Students must move into their rooms before the 9 a.m. Opening Session.

The residence halls will be locked after 9 a.m. until lunch. The residence halls will be open again from 12–1:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

A university is like a small community. Just as in your hometown, there are many wheels and cogs that keep life running smoothly at Bob Jones University. Once you’ve been here awhile, the services and opportunities that keep the campus running blend into the background of daily life. But if you’re here for the first time, they may be overwhelming.

The Information Fair is your opportunity to learn about the departments that are here to help you acclimate to college life. Please take time to visit the more than 15 booths set up on the second floor of the Student Center. Each booth is packed with information that you will want to know. Topics range from meal plans, parking permits, financial aid, academic supports, student employment, and anything else you might need.

The Information Fair will be open on Fridays from 7:30–9 a.m., 10 a.m.–12 noon, and 3–5 p.m.

8–9 a.m.

Placement Tests for English, Languages and Music

Alumni 208

This is your student’s opportunity to take placement tests before they complete course registration. (Placement tests are available online. Your student should talk with their admission counselor about how to complete these before arriving.)

Does my student need to take placement tests?

8:15–8:45 a.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

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

9–9:50 a.m.

Session 1 — Opening Session

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

A personal BJU welcome from President Pettit and an overview of what we have to offer your student. We’ll also give you an overview of how to make the best use of your time during Summer Orientation.

10–10:40 a.m.

Session 2 — Family/Guardian Session: Letting them Grow

Stratton Hall

The transition from high school to college is not just a transition students make, but one families 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 the transition with confidence.

10:50–11:20 a.m.

Session 3 — Breakout Sessions (Academic)

(Choose from one of the following)

Studying Ministry & Bible
Required for all School of Religion majors

Studying Business
Required for all Business Admin, Business, Culinary Arts, and Paralegal majors

Studying Education and Human Services
Required for all Teacher Education and Educational, Child and Family Studies majors

Studying Health Sciences
Required for Health Sciences majors

Studying Humanities, History, International Studies, & Political Science
Required for specified majors

Studying Criminal Justice
Required for Criminal Justice majors

Studying Music
Required for Music and Music Education majors

Studying Nursing
Required for Nursing majors

Studying Premed/Predent
Required for all Premed/Predent majors

Studying STEM
Required for the following majors: Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Physics

Studying World Languages and Cultures

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session 4 — Breakout Sessions (Academic)

(Choose from one of the following)

Choosing a Major/Minor

Studying Accounting
Required for Accounting majors

Studying Communication, Journalism, Film, and Theatre
Required for Communication, Media Technology, Journalism & Mass Communication, Cinema Production, and Theatre majors

Studying Kinesiology
Required for Kinesiology majors

Studying Sport Management
Required for Sport Management majors

Studying STEM
Required for the following majors: Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Health Sciences, Premed/Predent

Studying Visual Arts
Required for Art and Design majors

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


12–1:30 p.m.

Major Mixer Lunch

Kalmbach Room (Dining Common)

Students and parents or guardians are invited to enjoy lunch while meeting the faculty and the dean of your school. You’ll also 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 — Student Expectations with Q&A

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

BJU is committed to providing an outstanding Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading. We do this, in part, by holding to conservative lifestyle choices. The Student Life team will review key policies concerning student attire, music, and church attendance. (Parent and Student Q&A to follow.)

2:30–3 p.m.

Session 6 — Meet Your First-year Academic Advisor

Various Locations

Don’t miss this important session for you as the student or family member. Your First-year advisor will help ease the transition to college life. Hear about the role our First-year advisors play in providing academic coaching, major advising, and their involvement with our Uni 101 Pathways course. They do more than assist with your class schedule. They will help you confirm your major selection and navigate through the first-year adjustments.

3–5 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

A university is like a small community. Just as in your hometown, there are lots of wheels and cogs that keep life running smoothly at BJU. For those that have been on campus for a while, the services and opportunities that keep campus running blend into the background of daily life. But if you’re here for the first time, they may be overwhelming.

The Information Fair is your opportunity to learn about the departments that are here to help you acclimate to college life. Please take time to visit the more than 15 booths set up on the second floor of the Student Center. Each booth is packed with information that you will want to know. Topics range from meal plans, parking permits, financial aid, academic supports, student employment—and whatever else you might need.

The Information Fair will be open on Fridays from 7:30–9 a.m., 10 a.m.–12 noon, and 3–5 p.m.

3:10–3:40 p.m.

Session 7 — Breakout Sessions: Academic & Student Support

(Choose from one of the following)

Financial Aid

Online Math Modules

Studying Abroad Programs

Understanding Your Financial Statement

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


3:50–4:20 p.m.

Session 8 — Breakout Sessions: Academic & Student Support

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Support Services

Online Math Modules

Safety & Parking

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources

What to Bring to College


4–4:30 p.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

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

4:30–5 p.m.

Session 9 — Breakout Sessions: Academic & Student Support

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Accommodations

Beginning with the End in Mind — Career Services

Financial Aid

Safety & Parking

Understanding Your Financial Statement

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources

What to Bring to College


6–7 p.m.

Supper

Kalmbach Room (Dining Common)

Meet your orientation group for supper in the dining common.

7:30–8:15 p.m.

Bruins Quest

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

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

8:30–9:30 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.

Saturday

8–9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with the Deans

Alumni Building (1st and 2nd floors)

9–9:30 a.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

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

9–9:30 a.m.

Session 10 — Breakout Sessions: Family Sessions

(Choose from one of the following)

Dad-to-Dad

Mom-to-Mom


9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

Financial Aid and The Hub Open

Student Center (2nd floor)

9:45–10:15 a.m.

Session 11 — Breakout Sessions: Student Life & Organizations

(Choose from one of the following)

Day Student Connection

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Care

Student Employment

What to Bring to College


10:30–11 a.m.

Session 12 — Breakout Sessions: Student Life & Organizations

(Choose from one of the following)

Day Student Connection

Learning How Your Major Connects to Ministry

Student Care

Student Employment


11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session 13 — Closing Session

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

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.

12–1 p.m.

Move out of residence halls

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

When to Arrive

Check-In

Friday, 7:30–9 a.m.
(Student check in at the residence halls—Parents check in at the Welcome Center Lobby)
Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. to move your student into their residence hall room and collect their packet before the 9 am session.

Orientation

Friday, 8 a.m. – Saturday, noon

Driving Directions

Hotels for Families

We’re pleased to be able to recommend the following locations for you to stay during your visit to Greenville. Be sure you ask for the special rate offered to guests of BJU. Please see our complete list of recommended Greenville area hotels.

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.

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?