In the spring, a similar competition sponsored by the American Association of Christian Schools, and hosted by BJU since 1977, brings thousands of national finalists to the university from around the country.
Others take ministry positions straight from college, and rising juniors participate in a church internship program to prepare them for the pastoral ministry.
In 1995 there were 1,290 BJU graduates serving as senior or associate pastors in churches across the United States.
With the enactment of GI Bill at the end of World War II, the college was virtually forced to find a new location and build a new campus.
Though he had served as Acting President as early as 1934, Jones' son, Bob Jones, Jr.
engaged in a controversy about the propriety of theological conservatives cooperating with theological liberals to support evangelistic campaigns, a controversy that widened an already growing rift between separatist fundamentalists and other evangelicals.