Academic Advisement

The Registrar’s Office maintains an advisory assignment list. Most students retain the same advisor throughout the program of study. Each advisor is given a file containing the information needed to advise the student, including THEA and TOEFL requirements. Students who have not passed all sections of the THEA test are directed to see the Developmental Studies Advisor before seeing an academic advisor. After the Developmental Studies Advisor assigns necessary developmental courses, the student is cleared to see the academic advisor.

Advisors are encouraged to get to know the students they advise. The goal for each advisor is to help the student formalize educational and vocational objectives, assist in the admission process, and provide academic information for use in course selection and other issues.

Pastoral Counseling

The university considers the students’ spiritual development a major priority in student life. A pastoral counseling service offers students spiritual, personal, and family guidance. Students who need additional personal, family, and/or vocational counseling are referred to a Christian Counseling Center with which the university has a service agreement.

Personal and Family Counseling

Individual, confidential personal counseling is available to all students and their families on a limited basis. The university has contracted with Trinity Baptist Counseling Center to provide individual and family counseling. Students may seek counseling services either by self-referral or by contacting the Office of Student Development. For appointments with or more information about Trinity Baptist Counseling Center call (210) 738-7780.

Career Planning

The Office of Vice President for Student Development administers the Birkman Inventory, used to assist students in determining areas of ministry in which they are more apt to be successful. A Birkman-certified counselor is available to evaluate the results. Students are encouraged to participate in internship ministry experiences and explore a varied range of opportunities for future ministry. Career Assistance The university provides career services through the Office of Christian Service Program Director to help students find part-time employment in local churches and other ministries. Contact the Director of Christian Service Program to set up a file and develop a résumé.

The Office of Student Development assists students wishing to continue their education in exploring graduate study opportunities. This Office also assists graduates in finding full-time service in the ministry. Students are advised to provide the Office of Student Development with their résumés at the beginning of the last year of study. For more information regarding placement assistance, see the BUA Catalog and contact the Office of Student Development.

The Registrar’s Office serves as the information center for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), and the General Education Development Test (GED).

Spiritual Formation

Students will find a number of activities and programs to help them grow in their spiritualjourney. Students enjoy a campus environment where fellow Christians study, dine together, participate in intramural sports, share in classroom instruction and dialogue, and engage in daily fellowship with other students, faculty, and staff. Students are provided opportunities to participate in evangelism efforts, the Rollins Lecture Series, serve in missions projects in the San Antonio area and leadership roles in local churches, and participate in worship services celebrated during the chapel hour.

Student Housing Maintenance

Housing Repair Form Piper Village/BUA Campus Apartments

Chapel Attendance

To graduate, every student must present a certificate of chapel attendance with at least 85% attendance each semester. Chapel attendance will be recorded weekly through the use of the Chapel Student Attendance sign-in sheet.


The campus Bookstore is located in the Rusty and Connie Pace Student Center (Building 8). For opening hours go to the Bookstore page.

Health Services

Medical and hospitalization insurance information is distributed to students during orientation. The Vice President for Student Development administers funds to assist students with medical emergencies. The university has made arrangements with dentists and doctors to treat students and their families at reduced cost. In addition, the university has established an agreement with a health insurance carrier and requires that all full-time students either enroll in the university-approved health insurance plan or provide proof of similar coverage through another plan.

Student Center

The Connie and Rusty Pace Student Center is located in the W. W. Rollins Apartment Hall (Building 8). The center is the focal point for students to enjoy time together in a relaxed atmosphere. The center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 1:00 – 11:30 p.m. Unattended children are NOT allowed in the Student Center.

Fitness Center Schedule

Monday   8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Tuesday   8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Wednesday   8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Thursday   8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Friday   8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed

Gated Campus

Students enjoy a sense of security with controlled access within a fenced and gated campus. On campus, students enjoy sports fields, adequate parking, student center, and easy access to administrative and instructor offices, chapel, library, bookstore, and classrooms.

Library/Learning Resources Center (LRC)

The LRC houses a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, electronic, and audio/visual resources. The Computer Learning Center provides access to electronic resources and the Internet, including the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) serials index, Christian Periodical Index, and Southern Baptist Periodical Index. The ATLA index is a premiere index of articles, book reviews, and essays in all fields of religion, spanning fifty years and over one million records, many of which are full-text versions. The LRC provides full reference service, Interlibrary Loan service using WorldCat, and personalized bibliographic instruction. The Audio/Visual Department provides services and equipment for media instruction and duplication. The open stacks, public access catalog terminals, interesting and informative displays, and study areas provide a calm and welcoming environment for study and research. Normal hours of operation are: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Eligible students may arrange to work on campus doing a variety of jobs. Earnings from work-study scholarships will be applied to the students’ accounts. International students may not work more than twenty hours per week in the program.

Campus Mail

The university provides student mailboxes in the Rusty and Connie Pace Student center (Building 8). Students may receive and send mail daily. Student mail is private and personal; it is a violation of federal law to tamper with the mail. Under no circumstance should a student read or take mail from another’s mailbox. Each student is assigned a mailbox and the box number should be used on all correspondence. A student leaving a mailbox unlocked assumes responsibility for the consequences. Students are not to tamper with mailboxes by any means. Mail is distributed Monday through Friday and by authorized individuals. Permission must be obtained from the Vice President for Student Development before any advertising or promotional materials may be placed in student mailboxes.


The Cafeteria provides meals for students and staff Monday through Friday. Meal cards may be purchased at the Business Office. The Cafeteria is located in the Rollins Student Center (Building 6).

Computer Center

A computer center is located in the Administration Building (Building 2). Computer stations with Internet access are provided for student use in research and writing assignments.

Office hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 12pm
1pm – 5:30pm

The Computer Center is located at the Library.

BUA Email Access
BUA Intranet Access
Help Support: Live@bua


In compliance with university policy, the programs and activities of the university are conducted in a manner so that no otherwise qualified disabled individual will, solely by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any such program or activity. Notification and inquiries concerning student services for the disabled should be directed to the Vice President for Student Development. All information provided to the Vice President for Student Development is strictly voluntary.

Military Withdrawal

Upon student withdrawal from the university as a result of being called into active military service, the university will, at the student’s request: Refund the tuition paid by the student for the semester in which the student withdraws; grant a student (who is eligible under applicable college guidelines) an incomplete grade in all courses by designating “withdrawn-military” on the student’s transcript; or as determined by the instructor, assign an appropriate final grade or credit to a student who has satisfactorily completed a substantial amount of course work and who has demonstrated sufficient mastery of the course material.

Drug Policy

BUA’s drug policy can be found here.