University Leadership

A Letter from the President

Hopefully, you will not have to look too far to discover that Bluefield University is a unique place – a community of passionate people who seek to broaden their intellectual capacities and deepen their spiritual foundations.

We believe a holistic education involves an integrated approach of faith and learning, an education not just preparing someone for a job, but preparing that individual for a meaningful life – a life given to service and one’s calling.

We desire that every graduate leaves Bluefield University as a servant leader. We seek to equip our students to think critically and communicate effectively. As our students’ hearts and minds are transformed, we desire our students to transform the world in which they live in a positive and meaningful way. It is this mission and our vision that propel us in our educational endeavors and, in my opinion, make us unique in how we approach the transformation of students’ lives.

With 40+ academic areas of study, Bluefield University is recognized for its classroom technology, affordability, personalized instruction, and learning settings internationally. In fact, we’re one of just 23 universities in America with an A-rated core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

We also have a robust and competitive intercollegiate athletic program with 19 men’s and women’s sports. New residence facilities have been constructed in recent years to accommodate our growth, and the creation of Mountain Trail Outfitters provides a starting point for getting off campus and into the great outdoors for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, snow skiing/boarding, rappelling, white-water rafting, rock climbing, and hiking.

Bluefield University helps students find, nurture, and live their passion. Come visit and see for yourself the exciting environment that makes this a unique place where we are passionate about learning and your discovery of your life calling.

In faithful service,

David W. Olive

Meet the President

Board of Trustees

University Advisory Council

Alumni Board of Directors

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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