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Summer Orientation for Parents

June 15-16 or 22-23

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.


Schedule subject to change.

Thursday (Optional Early Check-In)

7–8 p.m.

Residence Hall Move-In

Women: Mack Residence Hall | Men: Smith Residence Hall

Since we have an early start on Friday morning, students can check in at their residence hall on Thursday evening.

Friday

7:15–8:30 a.m.

Admission Welcome Breakfast

Student Center 2nd Floor

7:30–9 a.m.

Residence Hall Open House & Student Check-In

Women: Mack Residence Hall | Men: Smith Residence Hall

7:30–9 a.m.

Parent Check-in

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

Come by the Welcome Center desk to get your Orientation materials and name tag.

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

Does my student need to take placement tests?

8 & 8:30 a.m.

Campus Tours

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

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

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

9–9:40 a.m.

Session 1: Opening & Welcome

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

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

9:45 a.m.

Sibling Sneak Peek Check-In

Levinson Hall (Student Center)

10–10:30 a.m.

Session 2

(Choose from one of the following)

Choosing a Major/Minor

Studying Bible

Studying Business

Studying Music

Studying STEM

Visit Technology Resources

Visit the Information Fair


10:45–11:15 a.m.

Session 3

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Accommodations

Academic Support Services

Educational, Child, and Family Studies

Preparing to Teach

Studying Nursing

Studying STEM

Visit Technology Resources

Visit the Information Fair


11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session 4

(Choose from one of the following)

Choosing a Major/Minor

Online Math Modules

Studying Accounting

Studying Health Sciences

What to Bring to College

Visit Technology Resources

Visit the Information Fair


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.
(Sibling Sneak Peek will eat a pizza lunch in The Den.)

1:30–2:15 p.m.

Session 5: Letting them Grow

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

Speakers: Mrs. Rebecca Weier (Director of Student Success & Engagement) and Dr. Gary Weier (Exec. VP and Provost)
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.

2–4:30 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

2:30–3 p.m.

Session 6

(Choose from one of the following)

Financial Aid

Starting with the End in Mind — Career Services

Safety & Parking

Understanding Your Financial Statement

Visit Technology Resources

Visit the Information Fair


3:15–3:45 p.m.

Session 7

(Choose from one of the following)

Financial Aid

Starting with the End in Mind — Career Services

Safety & Parking

Understanding Your Financial Statement

What to Bring to College

Visit Technology Resources

Visit the Information Fair


4–4:45 p.m.

Session 8: Student Development & Success

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.

Enjoy a night out in Greenville.

Saturday

8–9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Alumni Building (1st and 2nd floors)

9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Financial Aid and The HUB Open

Student Center

9–9:30 a.m.

Session 9

(Choose from one of the following)

Dad-to-Dad

Mom-to-Mom

Choosing a Church

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Employment


9:45–10:15 a.m.

Session 10

(Choose from one of the following)

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Employment

What to Bring to College


10:30–11 a.m.

Session 11

(Choose from one of the following)

Dad-to-Dad

Mom-to-Mom

Choosing a Church

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Employment


11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session 12: Closing

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.

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 25, when you 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

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 $20. There is a yearly storage fee of $20.

You may contact Student Storage or call (864) 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?