BBC: Christian Bible College – Academic Excellence – FAQs

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General Information
Parents of Future Students
Parents of Current Students
Future Students
Student Handbook (PDF)

General Information

You’ll find answers to most general questions about Baptist Bible College & Seminary here.

Is BBC an accredited school?
Yes, for more information on BBC’s accreditation click here.

What is the average class size?
An average class size of 19 students allows professors to cultivate relationships with their students and focus on individual learning needs and abilities.

What happens after graduation?
Check out our After Graduation page.

Will previously earned credits transfer?
Students who have completed courses at an accredited college or university may receive transfer credit.. Credits can come from courses that apply to one of our College Programs and that reflect a grade of "C" or above. Credits from non-accredited schools must be validated. Visit our Transfer Students page to learn more.

What is BBC’s policy on Advanced Placement exams?
BBC accepts transfer credit for suitable scores in Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) exams.

What are the requirements for enrollment?
Students need to provide evidence of faith in Jesus Christ through their application, pastoral references, and an expression of submission to school regulations.

Completion of high school or equivalency is required. High school graduates must submit transcripts of all completed high school courses. Non-graduates must secure an equivalency diploma (GED) from the state in which they live.

A minimum 2.0 high school or transfer GPA is required for admission.

For complete details about application requirements at BBC, click here.

What is BBC’s doctrinal statement?
Click here to read our Confession of Faith and here to read our Vision & Mission.

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PARENTS OF FUTURE STUDENTS

You’ll find lots of helpful information regarding life at BBC on our Campus Life pages.

What steps will be taken to ensure my student’s safety?
We work hard to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students. To learn more, please see our Safety and Security page.

What sports does BBC offer?
BBC Defender teams participate at the NCAA Division III level. The following sports are played:
Men - baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
Women - basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Visit our Athletics site for more information.

Students can also participate in a variety of Intramural Sports like indoor and outdoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and dodge ball.

Can my student have a car on campus?
Freshmen under the age of 21 are not permitted to bring a car on campus. Freshmen needing a car for employment purposes may contact the Office for Student Development to apply for special exemption.

Will my student be required to purchase a meal plan?
Yes, all students are required to purchase either our 14- or 21-meal plan. For more information, check out Food Services.

What is chapel and is my student required to attend?
Chapel is held at 10 a.m. Monday – Friday. For more information see our Spiritual Life page.

Students enrolled in seven or more credits are required to attend. Students are allowed a limited number of absences per semester.

What are the specifications for church attendance?
For information on church attendance, please see our Spiritual Life page.

Are there rules regarding media?
BBC students are expected to use biblical discretion in their selection of movies, whether viewed in the theater, homes or in the residence hall middle floor lounge.  While we do not promote the MPAA rating system as a biblical standard, we have noticed that generally G and PG movies are acceptable and there may also be some PG-13 movies considered appropriate for believers.  College students seldom have much time for television viewing, but there is a TV in the middle floor lounge of most dorms where students may watch news, sports, and other educational programs.  We expect students in our residence halls to listen to music with a clearly Christian message.

What is residence hall life like?
To learn more about our residence halls, check out our Residence Hall Life page.

Will my student be required to live on campus?
All single students under the age of 25 are required to live on campus unless granted a special exemption by the Office for Student Development. Students whose parents live within a 10-mile radius of the school are permitted to live at home.

Can my student choose their roommate or request a single room?
Housing request forms will be made available to students once they have paid their deposit.

Is there a curfew?
All students are required to be in their dorm at 10:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and at midnight Friday – Sunday.

Are the rooms furnished?
Students will be supplied with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser as well as bookshelves and closet space. Students should bring their own lamps, trash cans, and telephones.

Is there internet access in the dorm rooms?
Yes, wireless internet access is available in all buildings on campus, including residence halls. For more information see our Computer Services page.

Do residence halls have laundry facilities?
Yes, each hall includes a laundry room containing washing machines and dryers. Students will need to bring their own detergents, softeners, etc. Machines take quarters. Washing machines are $1 per load and dryers are 75 cents a load.

How are the residence halls cleaned?
Students are expected to maintain clean and orderly rooms. All students participate in a rotation of cleaning responsibilities for the upkeep of the public areas and shared facilities in their dorm.

Is my student allowed to bring a pet?
Only fish are permitted in residence halls. (Aquarium size is limited to five gallons.)

Can my student bring a refrigerator or microwave?
Students may keep a personal refrigerator in their room if it has been manufactured since 1992 and is no larger than 3.1 cubic feet.

Due to local fire regulations, microwaves are not permitted in rooms. Microwaves for student use are provided in residence hall lounges.

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PARENTS OF CURRENT STUDENTS

Where do I send care-packages and letters?
Upon arrival, your student will be assigned a mailbox to which all incoming mail will be delivered. Mailboxes are located outside of the Mail Center in Jackson Hall. Our mailroom offers U.S. Postal, FedEx, and UPS services. Letters and packages should be addressed as follows:
Student’s Name, Box # ____
Baptist Bible College
538 Venard Road
Clarks Summit, PA 18411-0800

Are care-packages and other gifts for students available through the school?
Yes, please check out Gifts for Students page for more information.

How do I get in touch with my child’s Resident Director?
These links lead to profile pages that include contact information for Resident Directors. Click on your student’s location to find his or her RD:

Women’s Dorms

Barndollar Hall
Carter Hall
Fletcher Hall
Thomson Hall
Vibbard Hall

Men’s Dorms

Ketcham Hall
Loescher Hall
Ridley Hall
Shaffer Hall



You’ll find this and other important contact information here.

Can I visit my student?
Parents are more than welcome to visit at any time. We invite you to sit in on classes, attend campus events, and visit your student’s residence hall. Overnight arrangements can be made at any of the area’s many hotels. Parents are welcome to purchase meals and join their student in our cafeteria.

Can my student leave campus on weekends?
Students may leave campus on weekends after following proper notification procedures with the Office for Student Development. Freshmen are expected to stay on campus for the first three weekends of the semester to assist their transition to campus life.

Upperclassmen must notify the Office for Student Development when traveling overnight to a location besides their own home. When traveling overnight to their own home, upperclassmen must simply notify their RD via the residence hall sign-out procedure.

Are counseling services available to my student?
Professional counseling and guidance services are available through the Office for Student Development. If you feel that personal counseling would be beneficial for your child, contact the OSD Deans. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Theodore Boykin
Associate Dean of Students
570.585.9327
tboykin@bbc.edu

Faye Moore
Associate Dean of Students
570.585.9315
fmoore@bbc.edu

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FUTURE STUDENTS

You’ll find lots of helpful information regarding life at BBC on our Campus Life pages.

What sports can I play?
BBC Defender teams participate at the NCAA Division III level. The following sports are played:
Men - baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
Women - basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Visit our Athletics site for more information.

You can also participate in a variety of Intramural Sports like indoor and outdoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and dodge ball.

Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?
Freshmen under the age of 21 are not permitted to bring a car on campus. Freshmen needing a car for employment purposes may contact the Office for Student Development to apply for special exemption.

How do I receive mail?
Upon arrival, you will be assigned a mailbox to which all incoming mail will be delivered. Mailboxes are located outside of the Mail Center in Jackson Hall. Our mailroom offers U.S. Postal, FedEx, and UPS services. Letters and packages should be addressed as follows:
Your Name, Box # ____
Baptist Bible College
538 Venard Road
Clarks Summit, PA 18411-0800

Are counseling services available?
Professional counseling and guidance services are available through the Office for Student Development. If you feel that personal counseling would be beneficial, contact the OSD Deans. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Theodore Boykin
Associate Dean of Students
570.585.9327
tboykin@bbc.edu

Faye Moore
Associate Dean of Students
570.585.9316
fmoore@bbc.edu

Am I required to purchase a meal plan?
Yes, all students are required to purchase either our 14- or 21-meal plan. For more information, check out Food Services.

Is there a dress code?
Yes. Class dress is required for all daytime classes, as well as chapel services and weekday lunches in the cafeteria.

Are there rules regarding my interactions with the opposite sex?
Physical displays of affection such as holding hands, kissing, and other romantic physical contact are not allowed on campus. You may not entertain students of the opposite sex in their rooms.

What is chapel and am I required to attend?
Chapel is held at 10 a.m. Monday – Friday. For more information see our Spiritual Life page.

Students enrolled in seven or more credits are required to attend. Students are allowed a limited number of absences per semester.

What are the specifications for church attendance?
For information on church attendance, please see our Spiritual Life page.

Are there rules regarding media?
BBC students are expected to use biblical discretion in their selection of movies, whether viewed in the theater, homes or in the residence hall middle floor lounge.  While we do not promote the MPAA rating system as a biblical standard, we have noticed that generally G and PG movies are acceptable and there may also be some PG-13 movies considered appropriate for believers.  College students seldom have much time for television viewing, but there is a TV in the middle floor lounge of most dorms where students may watch news, sports, and other educational programs.  We expect students in our residence halls to listen to music with a clearly Christian message.
 
Our Student Handbook expresses a comprehensive rationale and more specific guidelines for entertainment and media.

What is residence hall life like?
To learn more about our Residence Halls, check out our Residence Hall Life page.

Am I required to live on campus?
All single students under the age of 25 are required to live on campus unless granted a special exemption by the Office for Student Development. Students whose parents live within a 10-mile radius of the school are permitted to live at home.

Can I choose my roommate or request a single room?
Residence request forms will be made available to you once you have paid your deposit.

Is there a curfew?
You are required to be in your dorm at 10:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and at midnight Friday – Sunday.

Are the rooms furnished?
You will be supplied with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser as well as bookshelves and closet space. Students should bring their own lamps, trash cans, and telephones.

Is there internet access in my room?
Yes, wireless internet access is available in all building on campus. For more information see our Computer Services page.

Do the Residence Halls have laundry facilities?
Yes, each hall includes a laundry room containing washing machines and dryers. You will need to bring your own detergent, softener, etc. Machines use quarters. Washing machines cost $1 per load. Dryers are 75 cents a load.

How are the Residence Halls cleaned?
Students are expected to maintain clean and orderly rooms. All students participate in a rotation of cleaning responsibilities for the upkeep of the public areas and shared facilities in their dorm.

Am I allowed to bring a pet?
Only fish are permitted in the residence halls. (Aquarium size is limited to five gallons.)

Can I bring a refrigerator or microwave?
Students may keep a personal refrigerator in their room if it has been manufactured since 1992 and is no larger than 3.1 cubic feet.

Due to local fire regulations, microwaves are not permitted in the dorm rooms. Microwaves for student use are provided in lounges.