Admission Standards

Policy

Bluefield College offers a challenging academic experience within a diverse Christian environment. Our academic and co-curricular programs transform students’ lives by integrating liberal arts with career-oriented studies and service to God and the global community. We are committed to graduating students who think critically, communicate effectively, and adapt readily to a changing world.

Standards

Bluefield College strives to accept students for admission who will benefit from a personalized Christian liberal arts education.

Admission decisions are based upon the academic record of the candidate. Recommendations, test scores, extracurricular activities, working experience, and qualities of leadership may also be considered. To be considered for admission, students must submit the following:

  • A properly completed application
  • High school transcripts
  • College transcripts (if student has attended any colleges previously or has taken dual-enrollment courses)
  • ACT or SAT scores (Bluefield College Code Number for SAT is 5063 and the Bluefield College Code Number for the ACT is 4340.)


An applicant is reviewed based on the following criteria: courses taken in high school, grades in courses, SAT or ACT scores, recommendations, and interviews (if required). To be accepted as a full-time degree candidate, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

Freshman

A student is considered for regular acceptance when any two of the following requirements are met:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0/4.0
  • Ranked in the top half of their class
  • A minimum of 860 SAT (math and critical reading) or 18 composite score on the ACT

Transfers

Students wishing to transfer from other colleges and universities will be considered for admission when they have submitted the following:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0/4.0
  • 12 earned semester hours have been completed
  • Official transcripts of all academic work, including high school transcripts and test scores, if fewer than 12 earned semester hours have been completed.


Students should carefully plan their high school curriculum in preparation for college. Although a fixed pattern of high school credits is not prescribed, it is recommended that students include the following in their high school program:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of college Preparatory Mathematics
  • 3 units of Social Science
  • 3 units of Science
  • 2 units of Health and Physical Education
  • 1 unit of Fine Arts
  • 6 Electives


Bluefield College Office of Enrollment Management uses a rolling admission policy. All admission decisions are made without reference to religion, color, gender, national, or ethnic origin under the authority of the Vice President of Enrollment Management.

Probationary Acceptance

Admissions counselors initially evaluate the application file of a student who does not meet the admissions standards. The file is forwarded to the Admissions Committee and may require an interview as a basis for consideration of admission. Please note that the Office of Enrollment Management must receive a personal essay before the probationary candidate’s application can be evaluated. If approved by the Admissions Committee, the student will be admitted on academic probation. As part of the student’s probationary acceptance, he or she is required to meet with the Director of Academic Support Services on a regular basis during the first semester at Bluefield. The director will help the student work out a plan for academic success so that the student is able to enter his or her second semester with grades that demonstrate the student is able to achieve collegiate academic success.