What’s New for 2016-2017

August 23, 2016 | Leave a Comment


It seems like the only constant is change around Buies Creek.

From updated banners around campus to enrolling our first engineering and nursing students, Campbell University has been constantly buzzing with updates and energy since students left us in May. Read more about what’s new on campus and what’s to come below!


Smith Hall: Ground broke on the $22 million building in March 2015 and officially opened its doors to students, faculty, and staff on May 18, 2016. Described by Vice President for Business and Treasurer Jim Roberts, the state-of-the-art facility is designed “to be a place to learn, to share, to discover, and to accomplish great things.” With its vivid color palette visible from the highway, the building wows visitors before they even set foot inside its brightly lit interior. Plum and orange walls welcome guests into faculty office suites, while plush benches are built into the walls to invite students to stick around after class to study and socialize.

Engineering, Nursing: Campbell University officially opened its School of Engineering with 96 students and welcomed its inaugural cohort of 46 students in the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing Wednesday, Aug. 24. Campbell Engineering is only the second engineering school at a private university in North Carolina. It offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in General Engineering degree with concentrations in mechanical engineering and chemical/pharmaceutical engineering.

The inaugural cohort of 46 nursing students began class Wednesday, too, in the newly opened Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences. Located on Campbell’s Health Sciences Campus on U.S. 421 in Lillington, the 72,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art teaching facility is designed to be a space for collaborative learning and team building while allowing students to experience the challenges and rewards of healthcare in a psychologically-safe environment.

#Campbell20: The Class of 2020 is making history already. The entering cohort is comprised of 898 first-year students and 258 transfer students. They have a cumulative average GPA of 3.9 and averaged 1,030 on the two-part SAT, an increase of 22 points from the previous year. Their average on the three-part SAT improved from 1490 to 1510, and their average ACT score increased from 21.5 in 2015 to 22.5 this year. These are the highest averages of test scores for an incoming cohort at Campbell ever.

Dean Kevin O’Mara: Campbell Business welcomed a new dean this summer, Dr. Kevin J. O’Mara. O’Mara brings over twenty-five years of experience in higher education to the Dean’s Suite, including three years of experiencing directing the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Elon University. O’Mara is excited to find a new home in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, where innovation has been at the heart of its programs since a business curriculum was introduced in 1892.

Pedestrian Tunnel: The N.C. Department of Transportation carefully rerouted traffic on U.S. Highway 421 for a month this past winter to install a pedestrian tunnel for campus use. Construction was completed shortly after the spring semester concluded, and the tunnel is now open for foot traffic. It connects main campus to the Barker-Lane Football Stadium, Stadium Apartments, and additional parking lots for commuting students.

Greens to Go, Full Service Chick-Fil-A: Campus will have a new dining option and an updated one this fall. Greens to Go, opening on Aug. 24, is a grab-and-go restaurant housed in Shouse Dining Hall. Salads and wraps will be customizable from the kind of lettuce base to the protein and dressing. Also opening this fall is a full-service Chick-Fil-A. Still located in Britt Hall, the newly renovated Chick-Fil-A will offer all menu items available at a freestanding location, including milkshakes. Chick-Fil-A is set to open by the end of September.  

Jones Hall: Jones Hall, a three-story residence hall located in the heart of campus, underwent a dramatic transformation this summer. Not only has Jones been renovated, but it's also our first honors residence hall. In addition to 36 single rooms for honors students, the space also includes the Honors Program office, Study Abroad office, and multipurpose space for teaching and learning.

Welcome Week 2016

You can begin checking things off the Campbell To Do list during Welcome Week! Welcome Week is known for bringing new friends together and making memories that will forever be shared with your roommate and Instagram feed. Some of our favorite Welcome Week events can be found below.

Saturday, Aug. 20

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Freshmen/Transfers move in
6 p.m. Welcome Party, Academic Circle
7 p.m. Men's Soccer Exhibition vs. Chowan, Eakes Athletic Complex

Sunday, Aug. 21

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Returning students move in
10 a.m. Freshman Worship Service, Butler Chapel
2 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. American, Eakes Athletic Compex
4 p.m. New Student Convocation, Gore Arena
9:45 p.m. Ice Cream Party, Academic Circle

Monday, Aug. 22

9 a.m.-11 a.m. Camel 101, Gore Arena
5 p.m. President's Picnic, Gore Arena
8 p.m. Paint U, Academic Circle

Tuesday, Aug. 23

7:30 a.m. Running of the Camels 5K, Erwin Belk Track
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Camel 101, Turner Auditorium
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Street Fair, Fellowship Commons

Wednesday, Aug. 24

8 a.m. Classes Begin
6:30 p.m. Campus Ministries Night, Butler Chapel Courtyard

Thursday, Aug. 25

6 p.m. Campus Rec Open House, Lundy-Fetterman School of Business
7 p.m. Fan Fest, Barker-Lane Stadium
8 p.m. Beach in the Creek, Academic Circle

Friday, Aug. 26

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Party in the Park, Saylor Park