From academics to finances, BJU offers student resources and opportunities that help you succeed during and after college.
The Academic Resource Center
Student Resources for Conquering a Class
The writing center offers free 25-minute sessions to improve writing assignments. Staff and student workers guide in brainstorming, organizing and strategizing skills. They can also help you learn to clarify and support your writing. However, this student resource does not include proofreading or editing. Come to the session with assignment instructions and specific areas you want help with.
Tutoring allows BJU, BJA and homeschooled faculty/staff children to get individual help for a class. Costs vary by the tutor’s education, ranging from a current undergraduate to a completed doctorate.
Although primarily used for online math module classes, the Math Lab in the library (ML1) is a free tutoring resource. Lab monitors in this lab have completed courses at least as advanced as Calculus I. Even if the monitors have not taken your specific course, they can help you think through problems. Go any time the lab is open, except during a class.
Study groups are an opportunity to discuss or get a second explanation on class topics. A student who is taking or has already taken the course leads weekly meetings.
By analyzing how you study best, academic coaches help you raise your grades with one-on-one accountability. They also assist with time management, organization and other skills.
The Testing Center and Accommodations
The testing center is a resource for students who need testing accommodations or miss a quiz or test. Additionally, during exams, you can reschedule an exam if you have at least four exams (or 12 credits) scheduled on one day. Take the rescheduled exam in the testing center.
Accommodations give students with documented disabilities a personalized way to learn. Accommodations include note copy access, permission to record lectures, enlarged print and audio textbook reading. They can also take advantage of audio test-taking, separate room testing and extended test time. Certain ESL students also qualify for extended test time in the testing center.
Technology resources assists students, faculty and staff with their technological questions, needs or emergencies. The staff primarily specializes in software but can help with some hardware issues. Staff and student workers personally serve individuals in many areas:
- Wireless connections – Connect to Wi-Fi and campus printing.
- Applications and accounts – Set up and get help with email, Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive. Additionally, download Covenant Eyes if you would like internet accountability.
- Networks – Learn how to access the BJU network and your network drives from anywhere. Also, see instructions online if you need special network access.
- Equipment – Reserve and borrow equipment, from cables to devices. Computer labs are also available for student use.
- Get creative with 3D printers and the Cricut Maker or experiment with the Microsoft Hololens and the Vuze 360 video.
- See computer recommendations and minimum specifications here.
The transition advisor guides you if you are undecided about or want to change your major. She analyzes your strengths and interests to point you in the right direction. The advisor also helps transfer students plan their schedules efficiently.
Career Services helps you prepare for grad school or a career. Staff members assist with tasks including resumes, interview practice, business cards and portfolios. Many of the services offered to students are extended to alumni as well.
Employers can also benefit from Career Services. By partnering with Career Services, employers can post positions for BJU students and promote their opportunities at workshops or the career fair.
See Also: Career Fair 2019
Career Central is the hub for finding full-time jobs, part-time jobs or internships. You can connect with potential employers and search workshops and events. Notifications alert users to available opportunities.
A variety of financial aid sources help make a BJU education affordable for you.
- FAFSA – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid determines financial aid eligibility. Completing your FAFSA allows you to receive BJU scholarships and grants. Pay close attention to deadlines during the completion process.
- Grants and scholarships – In addition to applying for federal aid, you can receive internal and external grants and scholarships.
- South Carolina offers its residents aid for attending an in-state college. Different scholarships are based on academic merit, and a grant is based primarily on financial need.
- BJU automatically applies its scholarships to qualifying students. These opportunities are the Academic Excellence, Legacy, Ministry and BJU Fellows Scholarships. BJU also offers need-based scholarships for religion and non-religion students.
- BJU ScholarshipUniverse creates a centralized search for legitimate external scholarships that is both safe and efficient.
- Loans – You can receive federal or private loans. South Carolina residents studying to be teachers are also eligible for a loan from the state.
- Veterans Educational Benefits are available for veterans, their spouses and their children.
- Jobs on and off-campus help you work through college or earn a little spending money.
Student Resources for Spiritual Growth
Student Care Office
Another of BJU’s student resources is on-campus biblical counsel and mentoring. You can go to the director of Student Care and Discipleship or the women’s counselor knowing that what you say will be kept confidential. They can also guide you in the case of a Title IX situation.
The Center for Global Opportunities
The CGO “exists to promote a vision for and participation in 21st century Gospel expansion.” The organization targets areas of ministry to let you explore different types of service.
- Outreach – Weekly outreach opportunities give you a chance to interact with the community. Join a local church’s outreach or a Bible club. Be part of a direct evangelism group. If you prefer an educational setting, participate in an after-school program or teach English to speakers of other languages. The CGO also coordinates national and global outreach.
- Events – Go Greenville emphasizes university-wide outreach the four weekends of September, featuring opportunities similar to regular outreach. The whole University also benefits from Global Opportunities Week in October. Special speakers and guests give a taste of global missions, summer opportunities, internships or jobs on mission fields. Additionally, the Summer Ministry Conference informs you about summer camps and ministries.
- ISO – The International Student Organization connects international students, missionary children and students interested in other cultures. Members get to know each other during activities like dinners and games.
Ministry Chapel is a weekly chapel session for those interested in or pursuing ministry, including vocational ministry. It meets during the regular chapel period. Just add it to your schedule like you would a class (Min 100: Ministry Chapel).