Excitement and anticipation is in the air as both new and returning students are expected to arrive on campus at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville in just a few weeks. Watching the campus come back to life after the summer break is always one of the highlights of New Student Orientation which is scheduled this year for August 11-12.
New students will begin orientation in the R.G. Lee Chapel with an inspirational time of student led worship and welcome by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen. Although distance, online and graduate students receive a customized orientation, they are always welcomed to attend orientation on campus for a time of fellowship, information gathering, and lunch with their admissions counselors and academic advisors.
There is typically a small amount of apprehension for first-time freshmen and students transferring from other colleges, so new student orientation provides a unique opportunity for making friends and exposing incoming students to campus life, registration procedures, policies and procedures of attending BCF, as well as acquiring their ID and vehicle pass.
In addition to the formal instructions during orientation, there are several fun activities planned to welcome new and returning students to include a special meet and greet time on Thursday evening with representatives from area churches. This is a favorite evening among our BCF students because it offers new students a time to gather information on the churches in the area and learn more about ministry opportunities while they are in college.
Additional events on campus are sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) including a version of the “Amazing Race,” to help new students become familiar with the campus, and a Saturday swimming pool event. BCM Director Jonah Powers always plans exciting activities to welcome new students and introduce them to campus life and current students.
One key component to welcoming new students is providing an environment conducive to making new friends and connecting with other students on the same journey of preparing for areas of ministry, leadership, and service. New student orientation plays a major part in this chapter in the lives of new students as they are challenged to succeed and reach their educational goals.
To learn more about becoming a new student at the college that is “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word,®” please call 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.