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Bob Jones University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a private, Bible-oriented, Christian college founded in 1927 and named for its founder, Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. The school's origins lie in Bay County, Florida, where Dr. Jones originally opened his school for Christian college students. Money troubles forced the school's relocation to Cleveland, Tennessee in 1933, and almost 15 years after that, a need to expand due to growing student enrollment caused yet another relocation, this time to the college's current home in Greenville, South Carolina. Four generations of Jones family members have been president of the university. Founder Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. was succeeded by Dr. Bob Jones, Jr., then Dr. Bob Jones, III, and currently, Dr. Stephen Jones. Bob Jones University enrolls students from every state in the country and more than a dozen other nations. Also, 40% of Bob Jones' students were previously home-schooled.


Bob Jones University includes several schools and one college: the School of Religion, the School of Business, the School of Fine Arts and Communication, the School of Education, the Seminary and Graduate School of Religion, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Bob Jones offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate degree programs.

The college employs 229 full-time instructional faculty members and 62 part-time instructional faculty members. It keeps its student to teacher ratios low, at about 12 to 1. In 2011, nursing students graduating from Bob Jones University passed the NCLEX-RN exam at a rate of 100%. Bob Jones University pre-med students in the same academic year scored 80% on the MCAT exam.


Students wishing to apply for admittance to Bob Jones University can fill out the application online or request a paper application. With the application, students must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45. Official high school transcripts and ACT scores are also required. Students with satisfactory CLEP, AP or IB scores may earn college credit. For students who'd like to begin their studies in the Spring 2013 semester, applications are due December 31, 2012; Fall 2013 semester applications are due by August, 23, 2013.

The university requests that students submit the contact information for three people willing to make a personal recommendation regarding their character. Typically, the university requires one recommendation from a pastoral staff member, one from a school official, and one from an adult who has known the student for more than six months. Home-schooled students and applicants who have been out of school for more than a year may be able to substitute a second general recommendation in lieu of the school official's recommendation. All recommendations must be from non-relatives.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the 2012-2013 school year, full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 10-18 credits paid $6,240 per semester at Bob Jones University. Students living on-campus paid $2,715 for room and board for the semester. Unwed students younger than age 23 who aren't able to live with family or close relatives are required to live on-campus.

In addition to receiving grants, scholarships, and/or loans, students can partake in a work-study program. In the 2010-2011 academic year, more than three-quarters of Bob Jones University students received some type of financial aid. The university awarded institutional grants or scholarships to more than 50% of incoming undergraduate students in the same year.

School Type 4-year, private for-profit**
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, postbaccalaureate certificates, master's, post-master's certificates, doctoral degrees (research and scholarship)**
Religious Affiliation Christian*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 3,631 (3,086 undergraduate) in Fall 2011**
Student Housing 10 single-sex residence halls (five for men, five for women)*
Schools Six schools and colleges; more than 60 undergraduate majors, 25 graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, other (17)
Bachelor's: Business administration and management, general (69)
Master's: Counseling psychology (23)
Doctoral: Theology/theological studies (5)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Overall 62%**
Entering Class Size In 2011: 706***
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 78%**
Application Due Date August 23, 2013 for Fall 2013 semester*
Decision Notification Date 3-6 weeks after completing all application requirements*
Tuition (2012-2013) $6,240 (per semester)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grants and scholarships (65%), Pell grants (40%), federal student loans (66%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 76% (full-time beginning undergraduates)**

Sources: *Bob Jones University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29614-0001
  • Phone: (864) 242-5100
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