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Summer Orientation for Students

June 2018

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


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, you can check in at your residence hall on Thursday evening. But if you’re checking in on Friday, you can check in between 7:30–9 a.m. at your residence hall.

8–8:45 p.m.

Summer Orientation Preview

Levinson Hall (Student Center)

10:30 p.m.

Discipleship Group

Residence Halls

Friday

7:15–8:30 a.m.

Admission Welcome Breakfast

Student Center 2nd Floor

7:30–9 a.m.

Check-In at Residence Halls

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.

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

Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. if you wish to complete placement tests.

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 & 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 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.

10–10:30 a.m.

Session 2

(Choose from one of the following)

Choosing a Major/Minor

Studying Bible

Studying Business

Studying Music

Studying Premed/Predent

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. And you’ll 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: Thriving at College

Alumni Building (Lecture A)

We don’t think students should just survive their first-year…we think they should THRIVE! We’d like to help you make a successful transition from high school to college in order to get the most out of your college years. This investment you’re making now will likely affect the rest of your life.

Session 5: Thriving in Transition

Alumni 215

Speaker: Mr. Derrick Davis, Transition Advisor
Transferring from one college to another can be difficult. The campus is different and the professors are new—and what exactly will it look like when you come back in August? This session will help you better know what to expect before classes begin and will give you tips for how you can make the most of your transfer experience. Open to Transfer Students only and only offered on June 22.

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

Beginning 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

Beginning 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


4:15–5:30 p.m.

Session 8: Student Success in College + Student and Parent Q&A

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.

6–7 p.m.

Supper

Kalmbach Room (Dining Common)

Meet your orientation group for supper in the dining common.

7–8 p.m.

Break

Relax and enjoy. Connect with new friends. Enjoy the campus. And get changed for the evening activities.

8–8:45 p.m.

Bruins Quest

Stratton Hall (Student Center)

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

8:45–10 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.

10:30 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.–12 p.m.

Financial Aid and The HUB Open

Student Center

9–9:30 a.m.

Session 9

(Choose from one of the following)

BJU Apps & Technology

Choosing a Church

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Employment


9:45–10:15 a.m.

Session 10

(Choose from one of the following)

BJU Apps & Technology

Societies & Extracurricular Activities

Student Employment

What to Bring to College


10:30–11 a.m.

Session 11

(Choose from one of the following)

BJU Apps & Technology

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. Please complete any barrel storage requests at your residence hall. 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

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 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; shirts or tops to cover 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.

Storage Items

You may bring items for the fall semester to be placed in storage and delivered to your residence hall room at the beginning of Welcome Week. The containers may include boxes and barrels.

Barrels will be available in your 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 370-1800, ext. 4116, with any storage questions.

Attending

Who should attend Orientation?

Should I bring my parents?

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 classes 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?