Bob Jones University is a Christian liberal arts, private for-profit, four-year institution of higher education that is located in the city of Greenville, South Carolina.
Desiring to open a Christian college, Dr. Bob Jones Sr. founded Bob Jones University in 1927. First opening in Bay County, Florida, Bob Jones College moved to a new location in Cleveland, Tennessee in the early 1930s. With the formation of the GI Bill, enrollment more than doubled following World War II, and the school relocated to Greenville, South Carolina to accommodate the larger student body. The construction of the Greenville campus was completed by 1947, when 2,500 students enrolled. The University continued to expand, building the BJU Museum & Gallery, as well as extending global outreach with the introduction of the WORLD fund and mission programs. Distance education programs were introduced in the 1990s, and BJU obtained accreditation by the Transcontinental Association of Christian Colleges and Schools in 2006. Recent renovations made by BJU include the construction of a new fountain on the front campus, Davis Field House, Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium, the Rodeheaver Auditorium lobby, and a Welcome Center in the Student Center. Today, the mission and visions of Bob Jones University continue to emphasize the university’s Christian principles.
Bob Jones University enrolls more than 3,400 students, with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students attend from 50 states and 48 different countries. Approximately 66 percent of students live on-campus, and about 40 percent of students come from homeschooled environments. There is an estimated eight percent minority student population, including five percent Hispanic, two percent Asian, and one percent Black. About 57 percent of students are female, and more than 90 percent of undergraduate students study full-time. Approximately 97 percent of students are under the age of 24.
Bob Jones University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, housed in: the School of Religion, Colleges of Arts and Science, School of Business, School of Education, School of Fine Arts and Communication, Seminary and Graduate School of Religion. Popular fields of study include accounting, Bible, biblical counseling, business administration, criminal justice, engineering, elementary education, graphic design, music education, and nursing. Special opportunities for students include teacher certification, remedial services, academic and career counseling, employment services, placement services, and on-campus day-care. Nearly 1,200 students apply to BJU every year and about 83 percent of those students are accepted. To apply, prospective students must pay the $45 application fee, and submit the completed application, official transcripts, recommendations, ACT/SAT assessment scores, and TOEFL Test Scores (international students only).
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
BJU Online offers distance education coursework, including high school dual enrollment, undergraduate, graduate, and professional development opportunities. Online master’s degrees include the MA in Biblical Studies, MEd in Teaching & Learning, and the MS in Biblical Counseling.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Tuition is estimated to cost $12,820 per academic year with added program fees beginning at $640 annually. Students who live on-campus pay $5,790 per year for room and board. Tuition for BJU Online is $330 per credit hour.
About 95 percent of first-time Bob Jones University students qualify to receive financial aid. Specific types of federal financial aid include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, and Federal PLUS Loans. South Carolina aid for qualifying students includes the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program, South Carolina HOPE Scholarship, South Carolina LIFE Scholarship, and the South Carolina Tuition Grant. Institution awards feature both merit and need-based awards, and include, but are not limited to the BJU Founder’s Grant, BJU Legacy Scholarship, Academic Excellence and Leadership Award, and the Bob Jones University Scholarship. While select institutional scholarships require no application for consideration, BJU advises all students to complete the FAFSA. In addition, BJU students may earn up to $3,200 per year through student employment and graduate students may be eligible for graduate assistantship positions. VA benefits are also available for qualifying military personnel, veterans, reservists, in addition to dependents and widow/widowers of veterans.
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Sector Of Institution:Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:582
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