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Emily Coppola

Emily Coppola

Senior Admissions Counselor

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Favorite Thing About BU: At BU I feel accepted and comfortable. I’m free to express my faith with my coworkers and with that comes a familial bond. Whether you’re from down the street or from across the globe you’re going to be treated like family.
Favorite Scripture: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Hobbies: Reading, experimenting with new art mediums, exploring nature, and learning all that I can about cultures, history, and animals.

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Lexi Harmon

Lexi Harmon

On-Campus Admissions Counselor

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Favorite Thing About BU: My favorite thing about Bluefield University is the feeling of home when you step on campus. Between the beautiful scenery of the mountains and the family-like atmosphere, it makes it feel like your home away from home.
Favorite Scripture: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Hobbies: Hiking, shopping, being on vacation at the beach, traveling, and spending time with family.

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Brooke Osborne

Brooke Osborne

On-Campus Admissions Counselor

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Favorite Thing About BU: My favorite thing about Bluefield University is our campus community. This campus becomes home, and the people here become family.
Favorite Scripture: “Let the morning bring me work of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalms 143:8
Hobbies: Shopping, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.

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Ryan J. Bradley

Ryan J. Bradley

On-Campus Admissions Counselor

Regents Bachelor of Arts

Favorite Thing About BU: The people. From the faculty and staff, all the way to the students; the people are the best thing about Bluefield University. Whether you meet them in the cafeteria or the hallways between classrooms, every person is kind and caring.
Favorite Scripture: “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:13-20 NASB 1995
Hobbies: Seeing the world with my wife, eating good food (Steak and Pizza), drinking all the coffee, playing drums, reading as much as I can, and learning something new all the time.

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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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