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Bob Jones University Named One of the Best Colleges in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 23, 2017) – recently announced Bob Jones University earned the No. 2 spot in their Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking. is an educational resource for prospective students. praised Bob Jones University for its performance in multiple affordability metrics against other South Carolina institutions including:

  • Ranking first for the low median debt carried by graduates
  • Ranking first for its three-year loan repayment rate
  • Ranking fifth for its average net price

“BJU is honored to be recognized for its affordability—both in its price and in the low debt students acquire while pursuing their college degree,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “We work every day to deliver affordable high-quality academic programs to students from across the United States and around the world.”

Each college/university was scored on a 100-point scale using the most recent data available from government sources and based on metrics such as tuition and fees, number of degree and certificate programs offered, program flexibility, student services, and rates of student graduation, retention and transfer. connects current and prospective students with the tools, resources, people and schools they need to help them advance in life. Featuring in-depth sections with faculty and working professional interviews, campus tours, and national education news, is a hub for higher education topics and trends.

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Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University is a regionally accredited, biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of challenging and rewarding academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development.

BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business.

BJU has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.


Bob Jones University to Host Eclipse Experience

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 22, 2017) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to the Eclipse Experience—a special viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse—August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the BJU campus.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s view of the sun is obscured (totally or partially) by the moon passing between the Earth and the sun. This year’s total eclipse will result in darkened skies and lowered temperatures for an approximately 70-mile-wide band of Earth, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The next total solar eclipse will not occur until 2024.

“Total solar eclipses occur infrequently and the path of totality passes over only a narrow slice of the earth’s surface so most people will not be in the right location to see one during their lifetime,” says Dr. Richard Mowrey, chair of BJU’s Division of Natural Science. “Greenville has the unique privilege of being in the direct path of the eclipse, and we look forward to welcoming friends from across the Upstate to campus as we witness this rare phenomenon and testimony of God’s creation.”

The Eclipse Experience is free and open to junior/senior high school groups and families. The event will feature solar-filtered telescopes and a light-emitting diode (LED) truck display of the NASA livestream of the eclipse. Special eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided to those who register.

Guests will also enjoy hands-on experiments; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities; demonstrations by the BJU and Bob Jones Academy award-winning robotics teams; and a variety of informational sessions.

Registration is required. For more information about the BJU Eclipse Experience and to register, visit

Andrew Kester Serves as Intern in Uruguay

Andrew Kester

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 16, 2017) – Andrew Kester, a junior cross-cultural service major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern in Melo, Uruguay.

Kester, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, works with two missionaries in their ministry to the gauchos, Uruguayan cowboys. Kester will gain experience in preaching, discipleship, evangelism, and teaching, in addition to other hands-on work opportunities on the ranch and with church construction.

“This internship is a great opportunity to receive practical instruction that will round out the academic knowledge I’m getting as a student and better prepare me for future ministry,” said Kester. “I’m grateful for the chance to experience the use of ranching in missions.”

SACSCOC Grants Bob Jones University Regional Accreditation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 15, 2017) – The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) today granted Bob Jones University membership as an accredited institution.

“Being granted regional accreditation is one of the biggest milestones in Bob Jones University’s 90-year history,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “We set out to obtain regional accreditation and strengthen our mission and, by God’s grace, we’ve accomplished both objectives.”

Regional accreditation benefits students in specific ways. It makes it easier to transfer credits and be admitted to more graduate schools. It will show prospective employers a BJU education meets high standards and equips our graduates with skills needed in today’s world, and it could help graduates entering a profession where a regionally accredited degree is required for licensure or employment.

“We’re deeply grateful for our faculty and staff and proud of what they’ve accomplished through this process,” says Dr. Gary Weier, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We believe regional accreditation reassures parents, prospective and current students, employers and other universities that Bob Jones University provides a high quality education.”

Prior to applying for membership with SACSCOC, BJU implemented a number of enhancements including a new board and governance structure, new academic programs in health sciences, curriculum updates, intercollegiate athletics, and a completely renovated dining facility.

During the process, BJU benefited from evaluations provided by two peer review committees comprised of faculty and senior administrators from other SACSCOC-member colleges and universities.

BJU holds national accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and is authorized to operate and grant baccalaureate and advanced degrees by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. BJU’s engineering program is accredited by ABET, its teacher preparation programs hold state accreditation and its nursing program has full approval from the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina.

BJU is a member of the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries, the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, the Education Advisory Board and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Bob Jones University is a Christian liberal arts university providing over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, ranging from the humanities to professional degree programs such as accounting, nursing and engineering—all centered on a biblical worldview. BJU emphasizes character development, Christian values and skill development in order to inspire and equip graduates to impact the world for Jesus Christ. BJU’s nearly 43,000 graduates work and minister in nearly 80 countries around the globe.



Michael Bruno Interns for G&W Electric Company

Michael Bruno

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 14, 2017) – Michael Bruno, a sophomore engineering major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for G&W Electric Company located in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Bruno, a resident of Chicago Ridge, works on the production floor and computer system to implement lean material flow, designing production and material processes to eliminate waste.

“I’m grateful for my summer internship because of the valuable hands-on experience I have gained,” said Bruno. “This opportunity has allowed me to see the implications of my field of study in the real world.”

Four Bob Jones University Voice Students Advance to NATS Semifinals

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 13, 2017) – Four Bob Jones University voice students were among 13 college students advanced by the South Carolina District of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) to the semifinals of the NATS National Student Auditions. Each of the students ranked in the top 14 of the nation in their respective categories.

“We are so proud of each of these students and the hard work that has led them to advance in this prestigious competition,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “Their success also reflects highly on their professor, Dr. Troy Castle, whose expertise and dedication to his students make this accomplishment possible.”

Elisa Chodan, a 2017 BJU grad with a Masters of Music degree in performance, placed in the Advanced College/Independent Studio – Women category. Chodan is a resident of Taylors.

Joseph Bowman, a junior voice performance major, competed in both the Upper College Music Theater – Men and the Upper College/Independent Studio – Men categories. Bowman is a resident of Cumming, Georgia.

Jason Hamilton, a senior voice performance major, placed in the Upper College/Independent Studio – Men category. Hamilton is a resident of Greenville.

Daniel Griffin, a graduate church music student, placed in the Advanced College/Independent Studio – Men category. Griffin is a resident of Greenville.

The semifinal and final rounds of the competition will be held at the NATS National Workshop July 20-22 at the University of Boulder in Colorado.

BJU Hosts Class of 2021 for Summer Orientation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 12, 2017) – Bob Jones University welcomes the Class of 2021 to campus for summer orientation weekends held June 16-17 and June 23-24.

“We are excited to welcome our new students to campus and give them the chance to connect with students and faculty,” says Rebecca Weier, Director of Student Engagement and Success at BJU. “Summer Orientation is an opportunity to prepare personally, academically, socially and spiritually for the transition from high school to college. We believe that college is a transformative experience that has a significant relational component. Students who attend this event will have a significant advantage by building relationships before coming in the fall.”

This year’s Summer Orientation is redesigned to offer more sessions tailored to specific majors to help incoming students be more prepared. With over 20 different workshops and an interactive Q&A session with parents, faculty and students, Summer Orientation will address the most common questions students and parents have about coming to college.

A new event will also be offered this year called Sibling Sneak Peek, which will include an interactive session with Matthew Weathers, BJU’s Student Leadership Coordinator, as well as a behind the scenes tour of campus and an opportunity to meet some of the BJU faculty. The session will be offered on Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is available to rising 7–12 grade students who are siblings to incoming students.

Registration for Summer Orientation and more information about the event is available on the BJU website here.

Evan Tyrol Interns for Inter-City Baptist Church

Evan Tyrol

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 9, 2017) – Evan Tyrol, a senior information technology major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, Michigan.

Tyrol, a resident of Attleboro, Massachusetts, will serve in the church’s information technology department. He will be assisting with a variety of projects including network upgrade cleanup, migrating the mail server to Office 365, rebuilding personal computers for clients, disposing of excess equipment and migrating their website hosting capabilities.

“The value of this internship to me is two-fold,” says Tyrol. “First, this opportunity will give me hands-on IT experience, and I am excited to learn as much as this internship has to offer to me so that I can grow in the knowledge of my field. Second, because I am working at a church, I have the opportunity to not only grow in my technical capabilities but also to grow spiritually by becoming involved in Inter-City’s outreaches and ministries.”

BJU Robotics Team Places in IGVC Engineering Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 8, 2017) – The Bob Jones University robotics team recently placed second and third in the 25th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) held June 2—5 at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

The IGVC offers a design experience on the cutting edge of engineering education. It is multidisciplinary, theory-based, hands-on, team-implemented, outcome-assessed, and product-realization-based. The competition encompasses the latest technologies impacting industrial development, and students at all levels of undergraduate and graduate education can participate.

The BJU team placed second with its vehicle Bruin 2.0 in the Spec 2 low-speed vehicle competition, which required teams to produce a street legal, fully autonomous vehicle and perform a variety of challenges. The team also placed third in the Auto-Nav challenge by completing an outdoor obstacle course with its fully autonomous unmanned ground robotic vehicle, Lazarus.

The 2017 team, under the leadership of BJU engineering professor William Woodham, consisted of 2017 engineering grad and team leader Nathan Woehr, a resident of  Marietta, South Carolina; 2017 engineering grad Adam Offord, a resident of Howard, Wisconsin; senior engineering major Brandon Woods, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina; senior engineering major John Smoker, a resident of Greer, South Carolina; senior engineering major David Zuehlke, a resident of Millersville, Maryland; and freshman engineering major Jonathan Barrett, a resident of Hartland, Michigan.

BJU competed against teams from the University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Universite de Moncton, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Oakland University, Istanbul Technical University, Roger Williams University, Bluefield State College, the Indian Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia, Hosei University, the United States Military Academy, the Florida Institute of Technology, Michigan Tech, the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, Old Dominion University, West Virginia University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and Trinity College.

Stephen Weaver Serves as Summer Intern in South Africa

Stephen Weaver

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 7, 2017) – Stephen Weaver, a sophomore cross-cultural studies major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern in Knysnu, South Africa.

Weaver, a resident of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, will work with two missionaries and will be preaching, teaching, and doing work in the community.

“I pray that this experience will guide me to trust God deeper and more personally as I learn valuable tools about missions,” said Weaver.