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Summer Orientation 2021: Students

June 18–19 or 25–26

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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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, 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.

8–9:30 p.m.

Welcome Event

The Den / Student Center

10 p.m.

Discipleship Groups

Residence Halls

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 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.

7:30 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, ID cards, financial aid, academic supports, student employment—and whatever else you might need.

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.

8:15–8:45 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 you as a 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 — Student Session: 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.

10:50–11:20 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 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 p.m.

Session 5 — Meet Your First-year Academic Advisor

(Choose from one of the following)

School of Fine Arts & Communication & School of Religion

School of Business & School of Education

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 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, ID cards, financial aid, academic supports, student employment—and whatever else you 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 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 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.

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)

9–9:30 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: Student Life & Organizations

(Choose from one of the following)

Learning How Your Major Connects to Ministry

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

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

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

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 Major Connects to Ministry

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

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 you again when you return for Welcome Week.

When to Arrive

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 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

  • 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?