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Summer Orientation for Students

June 14–15 or 21–22

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 course schedule, connect with your professors, make friends with other new students—and be prepared to start your first year.

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$100 per student | Deadline: June 1

Schedule subject to change.

Thursday (Optional Early Arrival)

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Meet your Academic Advisor

Academic Resource Center (Alumni 213)

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one session with your advisor, contact fye@bju.edu to set up an appointment.

7–8 p.m.

Early Arrival & Move-In

Women: Mack Residence Hall | Men: Smith Residence Hall

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

8:15–8:45 p.m.

Summer Orientation Preview

Levinson Hall (Student Center)

8:45–10 p.m.

Fellowship & Games

Alumni Building

10:15 p.m.

Discipleship Groups

Residence Halls

Friday

7:15–8:30 a.m.

Admission Welcome Breakfast

Student Center 2nd Floor

7:30–9 a.m.

Move-In & Open House

Women: Mack Residence Hall | Men: Smith Residence Hall

Pick up your information packet and get your Summer Orientation room assignment. Please move into your room 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.

8–9 a.m.

Placement Tests for English, Languages and Music

Alumni 220

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

Do I need to take placement tests?

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

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

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

8:15 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 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.

9:45–10:30 a.m.

Session 2: Thriving in College

Alumni Building (Lecture A)

Get tips from fellow students to help you to make a successful transition from high school to college in order to get the most out of the investment you're making now that will affect the rest of your life.

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Session 3

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Support Services

Educational, Child and Family Studies
Required for all Educational Studies and Child Care majors

Studying Bible
Required for all School of Religion majors

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

Studying Health Sciences
Required for Health Sciences majors

Studying Music
Required for Music and Music Education majors

Studying Premed/Predent
Required for all Premed/Predent majors

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

Studying Visual Arts
Required for Art and Design majors

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

Music Auditions for Majors

Gustafson Fine Arts Center

Not a breakout session, just a drop-in time for students to complete their audition. If you want to include, please check your folder for your scheduled music audition time. If you have any questions, please contact the FYE Info Desk in Alumni 213.

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session 4

(Choose from one of the following)

Choosing a Major/Minor

Preparing to Teach
Required for all Education majors

Studying Accounting
Required for Accounting majors

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

Studying Exercise Science
Required for Exercise Science majors

Studying Nursing
Required for Nursing majors

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

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


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. 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.

Music Auditions for Minors and Non-majors

Gustafson Fine Arts Center

Not a breakout session, just a drop-in time for students to complete their audition. If you want to include, please check your folder for your scheduled music audition time. If you have any questions, please contact the FYE Info Desk in Alumni 213.

1:45–2:15 p.m.

Session 5

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Support Services

Beginning with the End in Mind — Career Services

Financial Aid

Online Math Modules

Safety & Parking

What to Bring to College

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


1:45–4 p.m.

Information Fair

Student Center (2nd Floor)

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

2:30–3 p.m.

Session 6

(Choose from one of the following)

Choosing a Major/Minor

Financial Aid

Online Math Modules

Safety & Parking

Understanding Your Financial Statement

What to Bring to College

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


3 p.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

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

3:15–3:45 p.m.

Session 7

(Choose from one of the following)

Beginning with the End in Mind — Career Services

Safety & Parking

Understanding Your Financial Statement

What to Bring to College

Visit the Information Fair

Visit Technology Resources


4:15–5 p.m.

Session 8: Student Success in College

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

Learn about the benefits of the student experience at BJU, including opportunities for growth, expectations, and resources for success. 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. (Student and Parent Q&A to follow.)

5–5:30 p.m.

Session 8: Student and Parent 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.

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.

10 p.m.

Discipleship Groups

Residence Halls

Saturday

8–9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with the Deans

Alumni Building (1st and 2nd floors)

9 a.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Center Lobby (Student Center)

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

9–11:30 a.m.

Financial Aid and The Hub Open

Student Center (2nd floor)

9–9:30 a.m.

Session 9

(Choose from one of the following)

Academic Support Services

CGO: Reach Beyond Yourself

Day Student Connection

Health and Wellness

Prepare to Use Your Major for Ministry

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Employment


9:45–10:15 a.m.

Session 10

(Choose from one of the following)

CGO: Reach Beyond Yourself

Day Student Connection

Health and Wellness

Prepare to Use Your Major for Ministry

Student Employment

What to Bring to College


10:30–11 a.m.

Session 11

(Choose from one of the following)

CGO: Reach Beyond Yourself

Day Student Connection

Health and Wellness

Prepare to Use Your Major for Ministry

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Employment


11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

Closing Session: BJU 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. President Pettit will review key policies concerning student attire, music and church attendance.

The Summer Orientation team will share some final tips to wrap up the weekend. And it’ll be time to gather your staff 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

Early Check-In (Optional)

Thursday, 7–8 p.m.
(Residence Halls)

Check-In

Friday, 7:30–9 a.m.
(Residence Halls)
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.

Driving Directions

Orientation

Friday, 8 a.m. — Saturday noon

Hotels for Parents

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

  • Bedding & pillow (twin size)
  • Toiletries, towels, washcloths
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Paper, pens and pencils for notes
  • Social Security card (needed to apply for campus job)
  • 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 or business casual pants; shirts or tops to 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

Attending

Who should attend Orientation?

Should I bring my parents or guardians?

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 courses 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?