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Student Life at WOLBI

At WOLBI we believe in the education of the whole student- or as we like to call it, study, life, and ministry. This takes place both inside and outside the classroom as we seek to educate the heart as well as the mind. We recognize that a student's ministry will not be shaped by his knowledge and skill alone but also, inevitably by the condition of his heart – his life. As a compliment to the work of the teaching faculty, Student Life exists to facilitate the education of the heart outside the classroom.

Because each staff member and student at WOLBI professes faith in Jesus Christ, we desire to live and pursue the realities of the Christian life alongside one another. As such we seek to develop an atmosphere which contributes to spiritual growth and discernment. We don't expect students to be perfect but we do encourage one another to be growing and changing through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Student Handbook


An important part of life at the Bible Institute are the rules that we have in place to maintain order and teach a disciplined lifestyle. Download a copy of the student handbook to find out what you can expect as a student here at WOLBI.

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Mission & Objectives

The mission of the Student Life Department is to provide the leadership and atmosphere so that each student can be biblically discipled and encouraged to "bear fruit" (Gal. 5:22-24) in their relationships with one another and with Christ. Our main objective is to effectively accomplish two things:

  1. Select and develop the leadership who will provide biblical discipleship for the students.
  2. Establish & maintain an atmosphere within which biblical discipleship of the students can take place.

Resident Life

WOLBI campus life is all about learning how to live in Biblical community. Dorm life provides an environment to help you internalize what you are learning in the classroom. The interactions that flow from living together allow students to apply the principles of loving God and others. Our desire is that your experiences outside of the classroom will help to shape the way you think about and live out the Gospel in your everyday life.

On Campus

Dorm life at WOLBI fosters lifelong friendships and unforgettable college memories. 95% of students live on campus. You will be living and learning together with people from a variety of backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. It is our desire that dorm life promote your spiritual growth, while encouraging healthy academic habits and providing opportunities for learning how to live in a biblical community. Each dorm room is provided with necessary furniture: bunk beds, chest of drawers, closet or wardrobes, desks, and desk chairs. Additionally, there is wireless Internet service in the entire building.

Off Campus

As a residential campus, most of our students are required to live on campus. For married students and their families as well as older students housing is limited but available both on and off campus.

New York Campus: For questions, concerns, and availability of off campus housing, please call 518-494-6000.

Florida Campus: For questions, concerns, and availability of off campus housing, please call Keith Balsley at 727-379-5037.



The atmosphere of The Word of Life Bible Institute is one of continual learning and growing. The Student Life Department seeks to cultivate a community where students are biblically discipled and encouraged to bear fruit. We believe that discipleship takes place in every aspect of the Bible Institute; study, life, and ministry. Our staff members are available and involved in our student’s lives to point them to the Truth of God’s Word and Jesus Christ. A more specific and formal disciple setting with a staff person is also available to interested students.


Students may seek spiritual guidance and counseling through the staff and faculty including their professors. Individual biblical counseling is also made available by the student life department deans who are qualified biblical counselors and is available by personal request through the Student Life office. Referrals for professional counseling are by personal request through the Student Life Office or student Health Center.


Campus Life

Airport & Train Transportation

New York

  • Albany International Airport, in Albany New York (ALB) is the closest airport. It is 80 miles from the Campus.
  • Amtrak travels into the Albany/Rensaleer station.
  • Transportation is provided for a nominal fee at scheduled school breaks from both the train station and airport.

To arrange transportation to our New York Campus please send an email to studentministries@wol.org


  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) is the closest airport. It is 35 miles from the Campus.
  • St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is the second closest airport. It is 45 miles from the Campus.
  • Amtrak travels into Tampa Union Station. It is 39 miles from Campus.
  • Transportation is provided for a $20 fee, each way, at scheduled times throughout the school year from both the train station and airport.

To arrange transportation to our Florida Campus please call 727-379-5000


A bookstore located on the WOLBI campus is available to the students. The Campus Bookstore offers textbooks, Christian books, gifts, cards, living necessities and Word of Life signature clothing.

Safety & Security

WOLBI has an emergency plan for promoting student safety in event of various emergencies involving the campus. The emergency plan is disseminated to all faculty, staff, and students through the Faculty Handbook, the Student Handbook, and in safety meetings.

There is an on-campus staff member for every dorm area who ensures that all emergency procedures are adhered to and followed. We have a text alert system where students and staff can voluntarily subscribe and can quickly receive information about emergency situations on campus and receive instructions from school administrators.

Access to campus facilities is open during the day but locked during the night by our security team. For all campus emergencies we have a 24-hour emergency line answered by Bible Institute staff. An RN, EMT, or First Aid Staff member is available on-campus.

Since the campus is located in a rural community in upstate New York there is very little criminal activity. In compliance with Federal Law, Word of Life Bible Institute annually publishes and makes available a crime report containing the crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. This information is available to the public at www.ope.ed.gov/security.

Chancellor's Chapel

Chancellor's Chapel is the heartbeat of Word of Life Bible Institute and is dedicated to empowering students to a life of enduring commitment to Christ, spiritual growth and world evangelism. Chapel is a worship service focused upon the expository preaching of God's Word by faithful men.

Health Care Services

Our New York and Florida Campuses have a Health Center facility (with residential nurses) that provides assistance with the health care concerns of students, including access to physicians and health education. The mission of the Word of Life Health Services Department is to provide excellence in ambulatory health care that promotes a healthy population based on biblical principles. This is managed by the Health Services Coordinator who is a New York State Licensed RN. Please note that our South Korea Campus does not have a residential nurse on staff.


International Students

WOLBI is blessed to have students enrolled from a variety of different countries, diverse cultures and backgrounds. The Student Life department through the International Student Coordinator provides assistance for students from multicultural and international backgrounds. For more information or if you have any questions please contact the International Student Coordinator Wendy Williamson at wendywilliamson@wol.org.

International Students