This Summer, Live in the Center of it All

Belhaven University is offering summer 2016 housing in the University Village, our premium apartment-style residence hall.  Belhaven students are not required to be enrolled in summer school, and also have the choice of renting for the entire summer or can enjoy the flexibility of on-campus living for a pro-rated time period that is most convenient for individual schedules.

If you are looking for the best in summer living with no lengthy contract and flexible dates, contact the office of Student Life at Belhaven University at 601-968-5969 or

The University Village is safely located in the heart of campus and has individual suites available for both men or women.  The floors are divided by gender with each individual apartment suite housing up to four students in their own private bedroom, plus two full bathrooms.  Students living in the University Village will enjoy amenities, each as part of their rental payment:

  • Fully furnished apartment (bed, dresser, couches, table) including a high-definition television
  • Kitchen including brand-new appliances (refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave), pantry, and eat-in bar
  • Premium front loading washer and dryer
  • Exclusive access to the University Village fitness center, lobby, and study rooms, and “New Orleans style” courtyard
  • High-speed gigabit internet access
  • High-definition television service with DVR capability
  • Access to campus security and on-campus parking
  • All utilities are included in the price

The University Village is a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy apartment-style living in a Christ-centered supportive environment at a monthly rate of $695.  In order to reserve your room please fill out the housing application online: or contact the office of Student Life at 601-968-5969 or

Spring Events Kick-Off

TLC is one of the biggest capstone events of the year. Students will enjoy three days of unique and exciting events.

Tie dye – Custom design your own tie dye wardrobe from head to toe. 

Late night – Satisfy your late night food cravings with good junk food.

Crawfish boil – Cap-off the week of fun with a campus wide crawfish boil on Preston Commons.

Be sure to encourage your student to get connected and participate in these exciting campus events. For updates on other campus events be sure to check out our Events and Programming page.


Good report regarding our University water quality – testing shows no elevated lead

The news reports of the last week regarding the quality of Jackson water have been of concern.  It was reported there were elevated levels of lead in the water at some homes tested in the city.  The problem in our city appears to relate more to the home water lines in various parts of town, rather than the source of the water.

To be specific, the government report summarized:

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed that water tests from 22 percent of its 58-residence sample detected lead levels between 0.017 and 0.02 — above the federal action level of 0.015. The affected areas included 13 residences in southwest Jackson and north Jackson.

For our University, we did not want to wait for government testing, so we went ahead this week and had our water analyzed by our chemistry department. Dr. Reid Bishop, Division Chair, School of Science and Associate Professor of Chemistry, directed the testing, and I’ve just received his positive report showing that we do NOT have any elevated lead in our water.  We tested water in the dining commons and University Village, where students may be consuming higher levels of water because of cooking, but we also tested an academic building to assure consistent quality.

Here is a summary of Dr. Bishop’s report regarding water quality on our campus.

None of the samples we have tested have contained any trace of lead down to the 0.2 ppm level as determined by 3 separate tests using sample concentration by vacuum distillation to nearly 1000 times and using our x-ray fluorescence instrumentation in combination with dithizone/chloroform extraction and colorimetric assays.  Using these combined techniques we can detect lead down to 0.2 ppm in lead standard controls so our negative result is legitimate and is NOT due to a false negative.  The EPA definition of toxic lead is >15 ppm (0.015%) and chronic exposure levels found in the Flint, Michigan area were between 0.2-15.0 ppm.  We are NOWHERE in that range and if there is any lead in there at all we cannot detect.  We also looked for mercury, cadmium, chromium, and other metals in those same samples and there is no sign of anything in our water except normal amounts of typical metals like calcium and a very small amount of copper which I see only after concentrating the sample.  All seem to be in normal ranges.

This is a wonderful report that puts us at ease as we read these city news reports.  I’m sure the water question will be an important topic for our city leaders for some time to come, and we pray they will find solutions to correct the problems at the homes that have pipes that allow lead into their water.

Along with this good report, I would remind you that we have filtered water dispensers in many locations across campus and at our LeFleur campus, and several more are being added in the next few weeks to the Hood Library, Wells/Robertson, Wilson, and Cleland Halls. We encourage you to use these stations as they improve the quality and taste of the water.

Also, we have confirmed that our dining commons kitchen only cooks with cold water, which is always recommended by professionals.  We’d encourage those living in the University Village to do the same, as it is good practice regarding water use.  And, water experts recommend that everyone runs the tap for a few seconds before using the water in order to clear out any sediment that comes between water uses. These are not unique recommendations to the water problem of Jackson, but are overall good practice patterns.

I trust this report is reassuring to you.  We will, of course, continue to test periodically and be vigilant to always assure our campus is safe in every way possible.

Health Services at Belhaven University

Dear Belhaven Parents,

Belhaven University cares about every aspect of your student’s well-being. Conveniently, several of the best medical facilities in the state are within a mile of our campus. Though we hope your student never needs to visit these locations, we understand the importance of knowing the options.

Health Services at Belhaven University is a function of the Office of Student Life. If you have any questions or concerns contact us or 601-968-5969.



The Top Social Media Stories of 2015

Happy New Year from Belhaven University!


2015 was a great year at Belhaven University. We celebrated record enrollment, numerous awards, and our students received great recognition. Over the past two weeks, we have counted down 15 for 15: The top social media stories of the year – the most liked, shared and commented stories – on our official Facebook page.


The Top Stories of 2015 included:

  1. Belhaven signed a dual degree partnership, enabling students to receive an engineering degree from Ole Miss.
  2. The $9 million Robbie and Dudley Hughes University Village Residence Hall opened in the heart of campus.
  3. The Dance Department was recognized as one of the top 10 university choreography programs in the nation.
  4. Former women’s basketball coach Gwen Davis was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

  5. Belhaven released a smartphone app that is available for free download in Apple and Google Play stores.

  6. The university rebooted its Computer Science program, selecting Dr. David O’Gwynn to lead the department.

  7. Students from the sports administration program traveled to London to learn about international sports business.

  8. U.S. News and World Report named Belhaven among its “Best Regional Colleges” for the third consecutive year.

  9. Belhaven held the 83rd edition of its famous Singing Christmas Tree.

  10. Homecoming 2015 featured food, fun and a Blazer football victory.

  11. Belhaven sophomore Miranda Kunk was accepted to the prestigious Summer Scholars program at Oxford University in England.

  12. Blazer skipper Hill Denson won his 1000th collegiate baseball game as a head coach.

  13. The Theatre Department performed “Shrek, the Musical” to sell out crowds.

  14. The Blazer basketball team went viral with a last-second three pointer to defeat Auburn-Montgomery on the road.

  15. Belhaven was recognized as a Military Friendly School.

To keep up with what is happening on campus in 2016, make sure to follow Belhaven on our other social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin , YouTube and Pinterest.


News from Belhaven University – November 2015

“Military Friendly” Title Awarded to Belhaven

Belhaven University has a long history of supporting the U.S. military in their pursuit of higher education. The University was nationally recognized for its service to the U.S. military and awarded the prestigious title of 2016 Military Friendly School.

The award honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensuring their success on campus and after graduation. Read More

Psychology Students Win Best Research Award

Five students from Belhaven’s Psychology Department won an award for best undergraduate psychology research at the Annual Convention of the Mississippi Psychological Association on September 16, 2015 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

The students conceived, designed and conducted their original study as part of the undergraduate Honors Research class taught by Dr. Scott White, Professor of Psychology. Read More

Belhaven Arts Programs Celebrate Recent Performances

The Belhaven University School of the Arts has had a busy schedule recently! The Theatre Department finished a sold-out run of Shrek, the Musical. The Music Department hosted three of its most popular performances – the Symphony Orchestra concert, the Best of Belhaven concert as well as the Choral and Vocal Concert. The Dance Department featured its Fall Dance Concert.

News from Belhaven University – October 2015

Belhaven Named Among U.S. News’ “Best Colleges”
U.S. News and World Report has listed Belhaven among its Top Regional Colleges for the third consecitive year. Additionally, Belhaven has recently received serval additional accolades. Belhaven has been named as one of America’s Best 100 College Buys and one of America’s Best Christian Colleges.
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Music Major Wins First Place in Voice Competition
Music major Jessica Ziegelbauer won first place in the Student Artists Category of the Voices of Mississippi Competition, hosted by the Mississippi Opera. Ziegelbauer is currently recording her debut album, Lovely, which will include seven original songs. Along with singing, songwriting and playing guitar, she also has a passion for musical theatre and has been seen on stage in Belhaven’s Godspell, Last Train to Nibroc, Into the Woods and Oklahoma!
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Homecoming 2015 at Belhaven A Huge Success
Alumni, students, parents and families attended Homecoming Weekend 2015 on the campus of Belhaven University. Belhaven’s football squad brought home a victory over Warner University, and several alumni groups held reunions. Check out this video overviewing all of the activities from Homecoming!
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Belhaven Professor Wins Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award
Dr. Randall Smith received the 2015 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award. Dr. Smith recently presented his award lecture entitled “The Delta Blues: A Lesson in Suffering and Salvation.” Dr. Smith leads the Creative Writing Department. Belhaven is the only Christian university in the U.S. offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing and one of only 26 undergraduate institutions offering such a degree.
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Sports Administration Students Study Abroad in London
Students from the Sports Administration Department and School of Business traveled to London, England October 6 to study international sports culture and management. Students met with and learned from professional sports leaders at Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium, London Olympic Training Facilities, Kingston University, Cambridge University and visit NFL Europe offices.
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Registration for 2016 Spring and Summer Classes Ongoing

The 2016 spring and summer semesters will be here before you know it, and registration on October 26-30 will help your students plan their next semester at Belhaven University.

Classes for undergraduate, adult, graduate and online are available to preview on the Schedule of Classes page or current students can log into BlazeNet and view the latest updates.

With over 27 academic majors, each providing a specific area of focus, you can choose from hundreds of classes at one of Belhaven’s campuses or online. Find the right class schedule that fits into your life and helps you plan your year in education. Once you find the course you are interested in studying, contact the corresponding Belhaven Admission Office to apply. One of our admission counselors will help you enroll and get started today.