Welcome New Students! Please review the New Student information provided to you. Note: Beginning freshmen and transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend New Student Orientation. Please attend New Student Orientation on the campus that offers your major.
2016 New Student Orientation Dates
Main Campus in Theater
- Monday, June 13 at 9 a.m.
- Monday, July 11 at 9 a.m.
Baker-Gaines Central Campus Auditorium
- Tuesday, June 14 at 9 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 12th at 9 a.m.
Carver Campus in Culinary Arts Building
- Wednesday, June 15 at 9 a.m.
- Wednesday, July 13 at 9 a.m.
Southwest Campus in Cafeteria
- Thursday, June 16 at 8 a.m.
- Thursday, July 14 at 8 a.m.
Beginning freshmen are required to take the COMPASS Placement Test. The test should be taken prior to reporting to Orientation. Please call 251-405-7106 or 251-405-7100 to schedule an appointment for testing. View COMPASS Test dates posted on our Admissions page.
Greetings from the Dean of Students
Welcome to Bishop State Community College – the Home of the Wildcats! I am delighted to extend greetings to you from the members of the Division of Student Development Services. We offer many exciting programs and services to make your college experience a great one. We want to help you achieve academic success as you join approximately 4,000 other students who have selected Bishop State as the place to begin their academic journey.
To learn about the many services available to you, please browse through our New Student Online Orientation, a great resource for helping you navigate your way as a new member of the Bishop State family.
During this New Student Online Orientation, you'll learn about the various departments and resources available to you: admissions, financial aid, VA benefits, extracurricular opportunities, athletic programs, and much, much more.
From your initial contact with an admissions representative, meeting with a financial aid representative, registering for classes, and planning for graduation, please know all of us in Student Development Services are here for you. We truly believe Bishop State is "A Great Place To Start!"
- Admissions and Records
- International Students
- Campus Police
- Counseling Staff
- COMPASS Test Dates / Admissions
- Career Planning and Job Placement
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Learning Assistance Center
- College Bookstores
- Financial Aid and Veterans Services
- Library Services
- Full Student Orientation Document (PDF)
- The Alma Mater Lyrics (PDF)
- The Alma Mater performed by the Bishop State Choir
- College Catalog / Student Handbook
- Extracurricular Activities
- Child Care Centers
- Clubs and Organizations
- Standards of Student Conduct
- Administrative Team
- New Student Frequently Asked Questions
Admissions & Records
Philip Urbanek, College Registrar
Tel. (251) 405-7006
Bishop State has a long history of educating international students and we currently serve over 200 international students from the continents of Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. I am Maynard Odom, Enrollment Manager and Advisor to International Students. My office is located on our Main Campus in the Student Center and I am here to help make your college experience a memorable one.
To enroll at Bishop State, you must complete the regular admissions forms, submit an official copy of your high school transcript in English to show you have taken courses equivalent to an American high school diploma, and provide proof of current immunization. You will also need to submit a notarized statement declaring you have adequate funds to pay for your college courses. Required scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are 500 paper or 61 computer. Please bring all of these documents to the Office of International Students.
And, finally, you will be required to maintain adequate health and life insurance, which includes repatriation to your home country. Please review Page 9 and 10 of the Bishop General Catalog for details on required insurance. This coverage must be maintained during all semesters you are enrolled at Bishop State.
We are excited about your becoming a member of the Bishop State community and I am available to help you in any way possible. Please call (251) 405-7065 or email for further assistance.
Maynard Odom, Enrollment Manager and Advisor to International Students
Tel. (251) 405-7065
Your safety at Bishop State is of the utmost importance to the staff of Bishop State and we strive to help make your learning environment as comfortable as possible. As the Chief of Campus Police, I am dedicated to serving the community, safeguarding students' lives, and maintaining the property of the College. If you need an escort to classes, feel threatened by individuals on campuses, or sense any potential danger, please call our office. We want you to feel safe while attending classes or college functions.
Lloyd Washington, Chief of Police
Tel. (251) 405-7062
Career Planning and Job Placement
Welcome to Bishop State Community College. I am Daphne Stamps, Director of Career Planning and Job Placement. My office is located on the Southwest Campus. We offer these services to you: career planning, resume-writing techniques, and job interviewing skills.
Additionally, I work with prospective employers to learn about possible employment opportunities for you. To learn more about how we can help you, please call or stop by my office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Daphne Stamps, College Recruiter
Services for Students with Disabilities
Did you know Bishop State Community College provides reasonable accommodations and services for qualified students with documented needs and/or disabilities? Once you provide documentation of your disability to the ADA/DSS Office, we can help you in a variety of ways by allowing you to: receive priority course registration, tape record the audio portion of any lecture or lab, obtain assistance with class notes, have tests read orally or receive extra time to take tests, and more.
As the ADA Coordinator, I am available to facilitate these types of services for you. Please drop by my office, which is located in the Caldwell Building on the Main campus, or call 405-7028. Your conversations with me or any of my staff are confidential and will not be shared with others outside of the ADA/DSS office. We are here to help you achieve academic success.
Vivian Williams, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator
Tel. (251) 405-7028
Learning Assistance Center
Welcome, Wildcats! I'm Patricia Rowser, Director of the Learning Assistance Center, located on our Main Campus. The Center provides a variety of academic support activities to help you improve skills in various content areas. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome at any time.
We'll work with you to begin an individualized, self-paced course of study designed specifically to meet your learning needs. The Learning Assistance Center is staffed with a counselor, paraprofessionals in English, Reading and Mathematics, and peer personnel, who provide free tutorial assistance in the numerous content areas.
All beginning freshmen are required to take the COMPASS test, which is used for placement in beginning general education courses. All entering students who enroll for more than four (4) credit hours or eight (8) weekly contact hours per semester, or who are enrolled in a math, English, or reading course will take the COMPASS, and placed at the appropriate level as indicated by the assessment results.
Contact the Learning Assistance Center for details on the services offered, criteria for test exemption, and the COMPASS retest policy.
Patricia Rowser, Coordinator of Tutorial/Reading Laboratory
Tel. (251) 405-7100
Bookstore services are located on two campuses of the College. The Main Campus Bookstore is located in the Oliver H. Delchamps, Jr., Student Life Conference Complex. The Central Campus Bookstore is located in the main building. Each bookstore maintains textbooks for all courses taught on that campus and instructional aids and materials that students need. Students from the Southwest and Carver campuses can purchase their books at the Main Campus bookstore. If you need snacks, hats, sweats, computers, or book bags, we've got it all.
Congratulations and Go Wildcats! You have the option to buy new or used textbooks, rental books (which must be returned in good condition at the end of the semester) or digital editions of textbooks. View the Bookstores section of this site.
Daphne Ellenburg, Bookstore Manager
Tel. (251) 405-7036
Financial Aid and Veterans Services
Welcome to Bishop State Community College. While college can seem expensive, Bishop State has a comprehensive program of work-study employment, grants, and scholarship funds available through federal, state and institutional sources. You should apply as soon as possible to be eligible for assistance, and our staff is available to assist you with the application process. Use college code 001030 for Bishop State, or contact us to apply today! View the Financial Aid section of this site.
Samuel Chuks, Ed.D., Manager of Financial Aid and Veterans Services
Tel. (251) 405-7015
Bishop State's library services are provided on all four campuses and serve as resource centers for students, faculty, and members of the community. Our goal is to serve an integral part of the instructional program and academic community by providing access to resources that support the college curriculum. The libraries provide (1) an organized collection of printed and other materials, (2) trained staff members to help you find the materials you need, and (3) a posted schedule of operating hours with staff members available to assist you.
In addition to the traditional resources, our libraries are connected to unlimited resources through the Alabama Virtual Library. This resource provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the state of Alabama with online access that is essential to library and information resources. View the Libraries' section of this site.
Marsha Mickles, Director of Library Services
Tel. (251) 405-7113
College Catalog / Student Handbook
An important guide for you while a student at Bishop State is the comprehensive Course Catalog / Student Handbook. It contains information for admission to the college, course requirements, major areas of study, financial aid regulations, graduation requirements, and many other resources for you. Familiarize yourself with this document to make sure you understand the college policies, rules and regulations. View: Course Catalog / Student Handbook >
As a student at Bishop State, you’ll get more out of your college experience if you get involved in out-of-class activities and organizations. There are a number of options for you: programs for leadership training, services to the College and the community, self-directed activity, membership in clubs and organizations with fellow students, and opportunities to interact with persons from different backgrounds. We encourage you to join organizations that are meaningful to you and become an involved participant. You’ll be glad you did!
Child Care Centers
An important service for you who need childcare while a student at Bishop State is our childcare facilities located on both the Main and Baker-Gaines Central Campuses. Childcare is provided in conjunction with the College’s Early Childhood Education Program.
The Main Campus center serves children ages 3-5, while the Central Campus serves children ages 3 months to 2 years. As a student of Bishop State, your children who need childcare will be given first priority. We also serve children of the community, so tell your friends and family. Contact the Early Childhood Center on our Main Campus at 405-7250 and on our Central Campus at 405-4416.
Clubs and Organizations
As a student at Bishop State, you'll find many interesting clubs and organizations for opportunities to develop your interests, skills, and abilities while spending time with fellow students and making new friends. You are welcome to join any of the organizations that interest you as long as you meet the club's qualifications (though we try to make our organizations open to all students). For more information, contact the Office of Dean of Students at 405-7087, browse the website, or read the Course Catalog / Student Handbook.
If you would like to form a new club at Bishop State that you think others would like to join and would be a good fit for Bishop State, visit the office of the Dean of Students to discuss it with him. If it seems to be a good idea for the students of the College either academically or socially, he and the College President will consider its formation. View the Student Club and Organizations section of this site >
Standards of Student Conduct
As a student at Bishop State Community College, you can expect the faculty and administrators to maintain an environment full of opportunities and freedom to learn for you both in your classrooms and throughout the four campuses. You’ll be encouraged to learn how to think critically, search for truth, ask questions, and exercise freedom of speech as adults. You’ll be expected to obey college, civil, and criminal laws and be subject to corresponding corrective action when you don’t. However, you may be denied admission to the College if you’ve received disciplinary action from another institution of agency or if the Admissions Committee determines that your presence on campus may threaten the welfare of others.
Your conduct as a student on all Bishop State campuses and outreach extensions must conform to the College's rules and regulations. You will be expected to conduct yourself as responsible men and women at all times and in all places; to respect the rights and privileges of instructors, fellow students, and all staff; and to attend studiously to their work. The College may at any time dismiss any student whose conduct is, in its judgment, detrimental to him- or herself or to the welfare of others. Violators of college rules and regulations are subject to disciplinary action.