Student Orientation Information


Fall 2019

Orientation Schedule


Mark your calendars for mandatory new student orientation Saturday, August 24th. We welcome all parents and family members to attend the orientation events on Saturday evening and join us for service on Sunday. If you have any questions about orientation please contact Kaley Williams:, 417-581-8750


Express Move-In

Dream Team Members will be awaiting your arrival to unload your car and carry items up to your apartment. Please make sure to arrive during your assigned time to take advantage of this perk. To ensure a smooth move-in process, we ask that the driver remains in the car until all belongings are unloaded and then park in the James River Youth parking lot. The driver will then be shuttled back to the apartment to help their student unpack.


Academic and Event Calendar


Fall 2019 Semester

  • August 24-27 – Move-in & Orientation
  • August 28 – Classes Begin/First Tuition Payment Due
  • August 31- Life Group Leaders Conference
  • September 2- Labor Day: No Classes
  • September 8 – Life Groups Begin
  • October 10-12 – Designed for Life Women’s Conference #1
  • October 14-17 – Mid-Term Exams
  • October 17-19 – Designed for Life Women’s Conference #2
  • October 21-22 – Fall Break
  • October 28 – Spring Scheduling Opens
  • October 31 – October 31st Party
  • November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2 – Classes Resume
  • December 7-8 – A James River Christmas
  • December 10-12 – Final Exams
  • December 13 – Fall Semester Ends

Spring 2020 Semester

  • January 6 – Spring Orientation (Mandatory)
  • January 8 – Spring Classes Begin
  • January 20- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no class)
  • January 24 – Designed Sisterhood Night
  • March 9-12 – Mid-Term Exams
  • March 16-20 – Spring Break
  • April 10- Good Friday Service
  • April 11- Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Services
  • April 12 – Easter Sunday
  • April 24-25 – Stronger Men’s Conference
  • April 28-30 – Final Exams
  • May 1 – Graduation
  • May 2 – Move Out

Registration Process Checklist


  • Check your personal email account for the Network Account Creation email, which contains your student email address, student ID number, and login information. Notify Jaleah Willis, if you have not received this email. The same username & password will be used to log in to the student portal, email account, and course commons.
  • Complete Student Portal Registration Checklist (can be accessed by selecting Registration Checklist from the menu) all items need to say Approved or
    • Register Vehicle/Reserve Student Parking Sticker
    • Personal Information
    • Health Form and Immunization Records
    • Consent and Lifestyle Forms
    • *Complete Financial Aid Information
    • *Financial Aid Review
    • *Bill and Payment Options
  • *Financial Registration Completion/first tuition payment due*Deadline to complete financial registration is January 8, 2019.  After this date a $100 late fee will be added to the bill for fall semester.
  • Complete all necessary information in My Financial Aid. You will be directed to My Financial Aid as you are completing the “Complete Financial Aid Information” step in the checklist above.
  • Send us your final official transcripts with your final cumulative GPA, high school graduation date, and class rank.
  • Contact Katie Finzo (417-865-2815, in Student Financial Services with any questions regarding financial aid.
  • Contact Sheri Yates (417-865-2815, in Billing with any questions regarding payments or billing.
  • Check student email on a regular basis. This is the primary form of communication between the University & the students.
  • Course schedule, including course dates, times, & professor, can be found in the student portal under Academics/Schedule tab.
  • Purchase books—book requirements for each class can be found in the student portal under Academics/Main tab/Your Textbooks link.
  • Print the syllabus for each of your classes. The syllabus can be found in the student portal (Academics/Main tab) and should be available two weeks prior to the beginning of class.  You will most likely have homework due on your first day/week of class so be sure you are prepared.

Student Housing


Embassy Apartments are located adjacent to the James River Church South Campus. Conveniently located within walking distance of our James River Church South Campus, Price Cutter grocery store, gas stations, and restaurants including: Subway, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Quizno’s, Domino’s Pizza, Prima’s Mexican, Maru Sushi, and Thai Palace.

If your student has any questions about housing or roommates, they can contact their Resident Director, Natalie Gomez ( or Tyler Binkley (


Apartment Amenities

Each 2 or 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment contains the following:

  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Stove / Oven
  • Washer/Dryer hookups
    • W/D not provided, but they can be rented
  • Twin bed for each student
  • Access to outdoor pool (May-September)
  • Access to apartment complex fitness center
  • Internet- 1 GIG speed per apartment

What to Bring Checklist

Individual Necessities

  • Mattress Cover with zipper required (twin regular, 7” thickness)
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Comforter
  • Clothes hangers
  • Towels
  • Laundry detergent & laundry basket
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Personal Electronics: Laptop, Chargers, Instruments, Headphones

Items for your apartment to share

  • Shower curtain, bath mats
  • Trash cans (kitchen and bathrooms)
  • Cleaning supplies
    • Bathroom- glass cleaner, shower/toilet cleaner, toilet brush
    • Kitchen- dishwasher detergent, dish soap, paper towels
    • Vacuum (at least one per apartment)
    • Broom & dustpan (at least one per apartment)
  • Plates, bowls, cups, silverware, pots, pans, bakeware, etc.
  • Entertainment system: TV, gaming, DVD player, accessories
  • Couch, coffee table, or chairs (floor protector pads required)
  • Kitchen table & chairs
  • Lamps
  • Pictures, posters, décor (no wall stickers/adhesive tape permitted)
  • Air fresheners, wax warmers (no open flames)
  • Router for internet

Have more questions?





  • Katie Finzo in Student Financial Services at Evangel, for questions regarding financial aid


  • Sheri Yates in Billing at Evangel, for questions regarding payments or billing