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Welcome Week

If you are flying directly to BJU from your home, schedule your flight to arrive in the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (airport code GSP)

Do you need shuttle service from the airport or bus station?

Residence Hall Move-In

When you arrive on campus on Monday, Jan. 9, locate the Welcome Center to check-in.

Check-in is where you can meet admissions, first-year experience, student life, get your room assignment (residence hall students) and ID card, register your vehicle, ask any remaining financial questions, and pick-up your class T-shirt and Welcome Week booklet. After you check-in at the Welcome Center, you can move into your residence hall.

Students moving in

Check-in

After moving into your residence hall, your First-year Advisors will be in the Alumni Building, Academic Resource Center (Room 213) to help you register for classes and submit your schedule. Tech Resources will also be open and just down the hall from your First-year Advisor (Alumni 207). Bring your laptop and any devices. They will help you connect them to the campus network and download your free Microsoft software package.

If you have any questions, please email us and we will respond as quickly as possible.

We can’t wait for you to join Bruin Nation!

A student checking in

If you need special housing accommodations, please submit an accommodations request.

Auditions for Music Lessons and Groups

If you’re taking music lessons for the first time at BJU or if you want to join a music group, you’ll need to audition before you register for music lessons/groups. Music groups are open to all students, regardless of what academic program you’re in. If you’re planning to join a music group, you’ll be able to reserve space for it on your schedule in StudentCentral when you register for classes.

Placement Tests

Placement tests are given to determine the level of instruction that you should register for. You should take all placement tests that apply to you before registering for classes. Following each test, you will be informed which course(s) you should register for and/or waive.

Meet Your Academic Advisor & Register for Classes

Your First-year Academic Advisor will be in contact with you during December. Please be sure to pay your deposit, so we can begin building your schedule.

The First-year advisors will be in the Academic Resource Center on Monday, Jan. 9. After you check-in at the Student Center, please go by the Academic Resource Center in the Alumni Building to meet with your advisor to help finalize and officially submit your schedule.

Student meeting with a faculty member

Students represent their society

Students at the new student activity

Presidential Welcome

We’re glad you’ve joined Bruin Nation! You and your family are invited to the Presidential Welcome. Meet President Pettit and your student leaders for a short meeting.

The Bruins Way

This intense, but enjoyable time will get you up-to-speed with campus life and provide a good start for your academic career. You will meet and interact with current students, faculty and administrators who will give you the inside scoop about college life. You will also have the opportunity to meet society leaders and learn of opportunities for involvement. Start doing your research now about which society you think you’d like to join.

Opening Exercises

This is the first opportunity for our university family to meet together as we begin the new semester. Arrive a few minutes early to find your seat and meet the people you will be sitting beside for the next few weeks in chapel.

First-year Luau

Whether you are a new student this semester or a returning second semester freshman, Dr. Pettit and First-year Experience invite you to join us, other administrators and student leaders for a night of food, activities, prizes, and a lot of fun. Dr. Pettit will share some encouraging words to all first-year students.

Welcome Week introduces you to life at BJU and helps your transition to college life. We have exciting activities planned as you learn how to succeed at BJU.

Monday, Jan. 9

8 a.m. –5 p.m.

  • International Student SEVIS Registration (Student Center, The Hub)
    All F-1 international students (and their dependents) in the United States must report to the Designated School Official at their initial enrollment of the academic year. Bring the following items (including items for any dependents): passport, visa, and I-20.

9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • New Student & Transfer Check-in (Student Center, Lobby and 2nd Floor)

  • Residence Hall Move-in (Student Center, Lobby and 2nd Floor)
    When you arrive on campus, come to the Student Center to claim your reservation. You will receive your ID card at that time. If you are a residence hall student, your ID card will provide access to your residence hall and meals at the Kalmbach Room. You may move into your room as soon as you complete the check-in process.

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • New and Transfer Student Advisor Meetings (Alumni Building, Academic Resource Center, Alumni 213)
    Your academic advisor will guide your academic journey. You will need to see your advisor to register for your classes and talk about academic goals.

  • Technology Resources (Alumni 207)
    The Technology Resources team will be happy to help you connect your laptop and any hand-held devices to the BJU intranet.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

  • Lunch (Kalmbach Room, Dining Common)
    Lunch is the first meal provided through your meal plan. Meals may be purchased in the Kalmbach Room for additional family members.

3 p.m.

  • New Parent Orientation (Student Center, Levinson Hall)
    If your parents were unable to attend Summer Orientation, this offers a quick overview of the topics covered in the parent sessions.

  • Bruin Men’s Basketball vs. Piedmont University (Davis Field House)

4 p.m.

  • New Students & Parents Presidential Welcome Meeting (Student Center, Levinson Hall)
    Meet President Pettit and your student leaders for a welcome meeting. Bring your parents, too!

4:30–6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • International Student SEVIS Registration (Student Center, The Hub)
    All F-1 international students (and their dependents) in the United States must report to the Designated School Official at their initial enrollment of the academic year. Bring the following items (including items for any dependents): passport, visa, and I-20.

8:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m.

  • The Bruins Way & Society Fair (Student Center, Levinson Hall)
    This intense, but enjoyable time will get you up-to-speed with campus life and provide a good start for your academic career. You will meet and interact with current students, faculty, and administrators who will give you the inside scoop about college life at BJU. You will meet society leaders and learn of opportunities for involvement. (Graduate students and stop-out students are not required to attend.)

11-11:45 a.m.

  • Student Life Seminar (Student Center, Levinson Hall)
    This seminar is for any student that did not attend BJU first semester. Dr. Benson will explain the basics of the student experience at BJU, including opportunities for growth, expectations for conduct, and resources for success.

1–4 p.m.

1–5 p.m.

3 p.m.

  • New International Student Meeting (Alumni Building, Center for Global Opportunities)
    Come meet Dr. Matthew Weathers, Mr. Mark Vowels and the international team at this required meeting for all new international students. They will provide helpful information for your first semester at BJU.

4 p.m.

  • New International Student Immigration Meeting (Alumni Building, Center for Global Opportunities)
    As a visa student with an I-20, you are under a special set of regulations enforced by the United States Department of Homeland Security. These regulations begin immediately upon entry to the U.S. and continue until your final departure. Mr. Bryan Boudreau and Mrs. Cyndi Simmons, our Coordinators for International Student Engagement, will review some limitations and benefits on the student visa and will explain campus work authorization. There will be time for you to ask questions.

7 p.m.

  • Opening Exercises (Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium)
    This is the first opportunity for our university family to meet together as we begin the new semester. Arrive a few minutes early to find a seat and bring your ID to scan at the end of the service.

8:30–10 p.m.

  • First-year Luau (Kalmbach Room, Dining Common)
    Whether you are a new student this semester or a returning second semester freshman, Dr. Pettit and First-year Experience invite you to join us, other administrators and student leaders for a night full of food, activities, prizes, and a lot of fun. Dr. Pettit will share some encouraging words to all first-year students.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

7 a.m.

  • Classes begin.

7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Friday, Jan. 13

11 a.m.

  • Society Meetings (New or transfer students may attend any society of their sex. Check campus bulletin boards or intranet for locations.)

Saturday, Jan. 14

1:30–4 p.m.

  • Theatre Auditions (Stratton Hall)
    For all students wishing to participate in Performance Hall dramatic productions this semester. Come prepared to perform a one-minute monologue.

4 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15

  • Church Services

Monday, Jan. 16

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    No morning and afternoon classes. Administrative, staff and faculty offices will be closed.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

5 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

  • Society Prayer Meetings (Various locations)
    New or transfer students may attend any society of their gender.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

5–6 p.m.

  • Bake-off! Kickoff Meeting (Performance Hall)
    The Theatre Bake-Off is an event open to all. New plays will be created starting on Wednesday afternoon and will be fully produced/staged by Saturday night. Actors, directors, writers, and technical artists can exercise their skills and utilize their knowledge in a fun and fast-paced environment.

Thursday, Jan. 19

11 a.m.

  • Discipleship Groups (Day Students - Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium)
    Residence Hall students will meet with their discipleship group leader in their residence halls.

9–9:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20

11 a.m.

  • Society Meeting (Various locations)
    New or transfer students may attend any society of their sex. Check campus bulletin boards or intranet for locations.

12–5 p.m.

  • Society Decisions (The Den)
    Come by the CLD office in The Den with your society decision.

6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21

4 p.m.

7 & 9 p.m.