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Student Life

At the Bible Institute 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.

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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Our Missions and


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.


Student Life

Learn about each of our unique campuses as well as what it’s like to be a student at the Bible Institute. Give us a call at 518-494-1892, or reach out to one of our deans by email:

New York
Randy Curtis – Dean of Men
Chris Dreger- Asst. Dean of Men
Karen Smith- Dean of Women
Carla Gray- Asst. Dean of Women

Sarah Bubar- Dean of Women
Andy Mater- Dean of Men

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Resident Life

WOLBI campus life is all about learning how to live in a Biblical community. Dorm life provides an environment to help you live out 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 percent 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 promotes 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.

Campus Options

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 Scotty Matthews at 518-494-1360.
Florida Campus: For questions, concerns, and availability of off-campus housing, please call Keith Balsley at 727-379-5037.

Off Campus Information

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Student Leadership Scholarship applications can be accessed through the Solution Web Portal using your Student ID number. Once there, click on Forms and download the appropriate application based on what class you are in and what campus you are attending. If you have any questions about the Solution Web Portal, contact the Financial Aid Department at

If you have any questions about the content of the application or the reference forms for our NY campus, contact the Dean of Men’s Office at 518-494-1420 or email (male applicants), or contact the Dean of Women’s Office at 518-494-1476 or email (female applicants). For more information about the Student Leadership Scholarship for our FL campus, please call 727-379-5027.



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.


Personal Quiet Time

Delving into God’s Word on a consistent and persistent basis is one of the foundations for an effective Christian life. Quiet Time is a means for accomplishing just that on an individual and personal basis. Every morning during the school week, time is blocked out for students around campus to spend time reading God’s Word and praying. For many, this is where the true life transformation starts, as God’s Word changes minds and hearts.


Supplement personal study in God’s Word with time spent discussing God’s Word with others. Devotions are a chance for students to come together to learn and apply God’s Word. Because they happen in a smaller group setting, students have the opportunity to share from God’s Word and open discussion in how God has led them through the Scriptures. There are also devotions led by Dean’s Staff, individuals well-equipped for pouring their knowledge and spiritual growth into others.


Experience Dorm


Dorm families are a way to connect with other students. A dorm family is a unit composed of four dorms — two “sister” dorms and two “brother” dorms. Besides coming together on their own time, they participate during campus-wide student life events. They can also come together for optional home groups, where students have fun and learn from staff members in their own homes.


On Campus


Adventure Race
Brother/Sister Dorm Challenges
Coffee Houses
Dorm Dinner Devotions

End of Year Banquet
Holiday Parties
Improv Night
Intramural Sports
Movie Nights
Spirit Week
Talent Show
And More


A Relational


As you’re living in biblical community, you will build relationships that challenge you toward being a better individual and a more passionate follower of Jesus Christ. A body of believers can work to equip each other for works of ministry, building up the body of Christ.



There are many opportunities at the Bible Institute for building relationships. Connect with students on your ministry team as you work side by side. Unite with others to work at your service assignment toward a common goal. Find camaraderie in our sports teams. Meet people from other cultures. Make friendships that will last a lifetime.

An Involved Staff

The Bible Institute is small enough that you can get to know staff as they pour into you, whether through discipleship meetings, mealtimes, or even going out to enjoy nature.