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Summer Orientation 2021: Families

June 18–19 or 25–26

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.


Subject to change.

Thursday (Optional Early Arrival)

7–8 p.m.

Early Arrival & Move-In

Women: Creel Residence Hall | Men: Johnson 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 Parents and Guardians

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

Friday

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Student Center (2nd Floor)

7:30–9 a.m.

Move-In & Open House

Women: Creel Residence Hall | Men: Johnson 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 9:00 a.m. until lunch. The Residence Halls will be open again from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

The Information Fair is your student’s opportunity to learn about the departments that help them acclimate to college life. Please take time to visit the more than 15 displays packed with important information such as meal plans, ID cards, financial aid, academic supports, student employment—and whatever else they might need.

8–9 a.m.

Placement Tests for English, Languages and Music

Alumni 220

This is your student’s opportunity to take placement tests before they complete course registration. (Placement tests are available online through BJUOnline. 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 & Welcome

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 — Parent/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: Academics & Major Specific

(Choose from one of the following)

Studying Bible
Required for all School of Religion majors

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

Studying Education
Required for all Education majors

Studying Health Sciences
Required for Health Sciences majors

Studying Humanities, History, International Studies, Political Science & Criminal Justice
Required for specified 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: Academics & Major Specific

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Accommodations

Army & Air Force ROTC

Choosing a Major/Minor

Studying Accounting
Required for Accounting majors

Studying Communication
Required for Cinema, Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication and Theater majors

Studying Kinesiology
Required for Kinesiology majors

Studying Sport Management
Required for Sport Management majors

Studying STEM
Required for Biochemistry, Biology, Health Sciences, Premed/Predent majors

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 p.m.

Session 5 — Meet Your Student’s First-year Academic Advisor

(Choose from one of the following)

School of Fine Arts & Communication & School of Religion

School of Business & School of Business

School of Health Professions

College of Arts & Science

Child Care & Development, Criminal Justice and Educational Studies

All transfer students


2–4 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

The Information Fair is your student’s opportunity to learn about the departments that help them acclimate to college life. Please take time to visit the more than 15 displays packed with important information such as meal plans, ID cards, financial aid, academic supports, student employment—and whatever else they might need.

2:15–2:45 p.m.

Session 6 — Breakout Sessions: Academic & Student Support

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Support Services

Beginning with the End in Mind — Career Services

Financial Aid

Online Math Modules

Safety & Parking

Understanding Your Student’s Financial Statement

What to Bring to College

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


3–3:30 p.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

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

3–3:30 p.m.

Session 7 — Breakout Sessions: Academic & Student Support

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Accommodations

Academic Support Services

Beginning with the End in Mind — Career Services

Financial Aid

Online Math Modules

Safety & Parking

Understanding Your Student’s Financial Statement

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


4–4:30 p.m.

Session 8 — Student Expectations

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. Dr. Benson will review key policies concerning student attire, music, and church attendance. (Student and Parent/Guardian Q&A to follow.)

4:30–5 p.m.

Session 8 — Student and Parent/Guardian Q&A

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

We understand that the transition from high school to college brings many questions. We will help you get answers to important questions about academics and campus life.

5:30 p.m.

Enjoy Supper in Greenville

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 9 — Breakout Sessions: Bruins Life & Student Support

(Choose from one of the following)

Dad-to-Dad

Mom-to-Mom

Learning How Your Student’s Major Connects to Ministry

Student Care

What to Bring to College


9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Financial Aid and The Hub Open

Student Center (2nd floor)

9:45–10:15 a.m.

Session 10 — Breakout Sessions: Student Life & Organizations

(Choose from one of the following)

Day Student Connection

Student Care

Student Employment

What to Bring to College


10:30–11 a.m.

Session 11 — Breakout Sessions: Student Life & Organizations

(Choose from one of the following)

Day Student Connection

Learning How Your Student’s Major Connects to Ministry

Student Care

Student Employment


11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session 12 — 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 your student again when they return for Welcome Week.

When to Arrive

Check-In

Friday, 7:30–9 a.m.
(Welcome Center Lobby)
Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. if your student needs to complete placement tests.

Orientation

Friday, 8 a.m. – Saturday, noon

Driving Directions

Hotels for Families

Hyatt Place

Our preferred hotel partner Hyatt Place Greenville-Haywood is located just 3 miles from campus. Shuttle service is available to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and BJU.

For other lodging choices, 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?