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.



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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News from Belhaven University – September 2015

Belhaven Named Christian College of Distinction

For the sixth consecutive year, Belhaven University was recognized for its excellence in student-focused higher education and awarded the title of 2015-2016 Christian College of Distinction.  Read More


Violinist Excels in Belhaven Music Program

In only her sophomore year, Jessica Schmidt is excelling as a violin major and making waves in the music world.  Read More



Homecoming 2015 Set for October 15-17

Alumni, students, parents and families are invited to attend Back to Belhaven Homecoming Weekend 2015 on October 15-17.  Read More

Reminder: Family Weekend Set for September 25-26

We look forward to seeing Belhaven parents and siblings for Family Weekend on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26! Family Weekend is a great time to return to Belhaven to see your student. The weekend is full of activities OR you can just hang out and cheer for the Belhaven Blazers football team. Register today to let us know which events you plan to attend.

The weekend will begin with the Belhaven Discover Day for siblings who are interested in enrolling. Then, the Wynn Kenyon Think Center will have an open house for parents to experience all that the Think Center has to offer their students. A faculty panel will follow the open house, where Belhaven professors will give advice and answer questions.

After a family catfish dinner in the Dining Commons, join us for Rec the Night. Play or watch as participants try their skills at laser tag (Auxiliary Gym), capture the flag (practice football field next to Bitsy Irby), board games (Student Center Dining Commons) and more. The Belhaven Bookstore will be open with Family Weekend specials so you can get a good deal on Belhaven gear.

Saturday morning will begin with a brunch and a time of Q-and-A with Belhaven University President, Dr. Roger Parrott. Get ready to cheer on our Blazers football as they face-off against Huntingdon College. Join us before the game for an exciting tailgate party at Newell Field. There will be delicious food, games, face-painting, cheer practice and drawings for free gifts. The Belhaven Football Tailgate is only $5 per person or $25 per family and you can pay at the tent. While you are there, enter the Coin Toss Drawing. If you win, you and your family will serve as “honorary captains” and toss the coin at the beginning of the game and receive a Blazers “game day” package of merchandise.

News from Belhaven University

Belhaven Launches New Website and Smartphone App!
The Belhaven website received a fresh look, and has been completely redesigned with connectivity between information that is orderly, extensive, and presented for ease of use and clarity. A new smartphone app is available for free download on both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

Academic Year Opens with Service of Dedication

For 20 years, Belhaven has honored its employees during the annual Service of Dedication. Faculty, staff and friends joined together for this annual event. Belhaven President Dr. Roger Parrott delivered the challenge to faculty and staff for the upcoming year – centered around the”Golden Rule.” Watch a video of Dr. Parrott’s remarks from this event.

Gwen White Inducted into Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Alongside NFL legend Brett Favre and NBA star Clarence Weatherspoon, former Belhaven Women’s Basketball coach Gwen White was inducted into the 2015 class of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Read More

Belhaven University will host its 2015 Family Weekend on September 25-26. Family Weekend is a great time to return to Belhaven to see your student. The weekend is full of activities OR you can just hang out and cheer for the Belhaven Blazers football team. Register today to let us know which events you plan to attend.<