The Facts about Bluefield University

It’s a fact! The minute you step on campus, you know there is something special about Bluefield University.

Bluefield University is special. Our service-minded students are the heart and soul of our compassionate campus community. Dedicated faculty offer challenging academic experiences in a committed Christian environment. We’re proud of our critically acclaimed teacher education program and global education opportunities. Graduate programs in education, biomedical sciences, nursing, and business administration offer innovative and rigorous coursework. Students enjoy international and regional tours with music and theater ensembles. Our athletic teams play as champions each time they take the field or the court. The quick facts below offer a glimpse into what makes our Christ-centered University so special. More information resources are available on the website of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).


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Financial Aid

In 2019-20, 99% of Bluefield students received some form of student financial aid.

It’s a Fact:

  • Bluefield University was established in 1922 by the Baptist General Association of Virginia who we are still in covenant today.
  • Our 1,200 students represent 32 states and 16 countries.
  • 99% of our on-campus students receive some form of financial assistance.
  • 80% of our on-campus students choose to live on campus.
  • Out of our 60 full-time faculty members, 76% are terminally degreed in their field of study providing expertise to students in their area of study.
  • We’re proud of our 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio for on-campus classes and our 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio for online classes.
  • Bluefield University maintains an “A” grade from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for our core curriculum and is just one of twenty-three institutions to hold this distinction.
  • Bluefield offers 18 NAIA Division 1 athletic teams for men and women competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Mid-South Conference.
  • The Bluefield campus encompasses 82 acres and includes the Bluefield University Cave, a nature trail, and an outfitter for students to borrow outdoor equipment anytime.


Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor

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