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“The BU early college program is certainly an amazing opportunity for high school students. I have been able to tackle several of my needed high school credits while getting college credit at the same time, eliminating the number of general education credits that I still need in college. In the
eight courses that I’ve done through the BU early college program, each has been both academically challenging and yet, not beyond the ability of a disciplined high schooler. While it is a pace to adjust to, I very much appreciate the professor’s involvement and intentionality even though it is an online program.”

Abigail Kimzey

Early college student, Blacksburg, VA

“Bluefield has been my go-to place for early college enrollment for my children. I have appreciated the helpfulness and ease of registering and attending classes. My children have learned in a good Christian environment while being able to complete several courses for a very reasonable price. I tell everyone about Bluefield University and how much it has blessed our family.”

Amy Fluharty

Early college parent, Fredericksburg, VA

General Education Offerings for Online Early College

(Associate Degree)

Composition

  • ENG 1013 – Intro to the Writing Process
  • ENG 1023 – Argumentative & Analytical Writing

Christian Studies

  • CST 1103 – Biblical Perspectives
  • CST 2404 – Ethics

Health

  • ESS 1581 – Fitness Fundamentals
  • COR 2002 – Personal Wellness

Business

  • BUS 2513 – Principles of Macroeconomics

Math

  • MAT 1213 –  College Algebra

Speech

  • COM 1023 – Fundamentals of Speech

History

  • HIS 1033 – World Civilization
  • HIS 2013 – United States History

Literature

  • ENG 2003 – Literature Appreciation

Fine Arts

  • ART 1413 – Art Appreciation

Science

  • BIO 1113 – Human Biology & Lab
  • PHS 1033 Physical Science & Lab
  • CHM 2203 – The Science of Chocolate

Social Science

  • PSY 1013 – Intro to Psychology
  • CRJ 2013 – Intro to Criminal Justice

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the application online
    • Create an account
    • Select the appropriate application
  2. Submit a letter of permission from one of the following:
    • High school principal
    • Guidance counselor
    • Homeschool parent
  3. Submit a high school transcript
    • Homeschool transcripts must show a cumulative GPA

For More Information:

Contact Admissions at [email protected] or 800.872.0175

For Frequently Asked Questions:

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