Our academic and co-curricular programs transform students’ lives by integrating a liberal arts education with career-oriented degree programs complemented by service to God and the global community. We are committed to graduating students who think critically, communicate effectively, and adapt readily to an ever-changing world.
We accept students for admission who will benefit from a personalized, Christian liberal arts education. Admission decisions are based on the academic record of the candidate, recommendations, optional test scores, and an interview (if one is required). Your extracurricular activities, work experience, and leadership qualities may also be considered.
To apply for admission to Bluefield University, each student must submit:
- A properly completed online application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts if you have attended any colleges previously or taken dual enrollment courses
For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, Bluefield University has made the ACT, CLT, and SAT exams optional. If you choose to take the exam and submit your score, our college code numbers are:
- University code number for SAT is 5063
- University code number for ACT is 4340
The Office of Enrollment Management uses a rolling admission policy, and decisions are made as we receive completed applications. All admissions decisions are made without regard for your religion, color, gender, national, or ethnic origin.
Next Steps for Accepted Students
Once accepted, students need to complete the following steps before enrolling in classes. Your personal admissions counselor will help you with each step.
- Transfer students need to complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation. Once complete (typically within 5 business days of your acceptance), we email the report to you as a PDF and mail a print copy. Carefully review the report; the Transfer Counselor will call you so you can ask questions about the Plan to Complete or Advising Worksheet sent with the report. This report estimates the number of hours you need to complete your intended degree program and provides a detailed list of the required courses.
- Submit a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) so our financial aid team can prepare an initial financial aid estimate for you. We prepare additional estimates as new scholarship applications are received and new forms of aid are awarded.
- You will need to pay a one-time, $200 confirmation fee. This fee serves as your declaration to enroll at Bluefield University. Students who register for classes without submitting this confirmation fee are at risk of losing their seats in a class to students who have paid, even if the paying students registered at a later date. Our small class sizes are critical to our experience, and we use the confirmation fee as one way to preserve the small sizes of our classes. For residential students, the fee also gives them priority in housing assignments. For more information or if you have questions about this fee, please contact your personal Admissions Counselor.
- Complete a Pre-Entrance Health Packet, regardless of whether or not you intend to live on campus. We send this form to you, and you need to return it to the Office of Student Development.
- Complete a Housing and Commuter Contract. We will send this form to you digitally.
- Register for a RAM Day. This event provides a variety of opportunities for incoming students to meet other future Rams, participate in planned activities, gain an introduction to the Bluefield community, and tie up any loose ends before the start of the semester.
Admissions counselors initially evaluate the application of each student. If a student does not meet BU’s admissions standards, the file is forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review.
Please note: The Office of Enrollment Management must receive a completed digital personal statement form and two digital reference forms before a student’s application is evaluated by the committee. If the Admissions Committee approves the student for admission, the student will be admitted as a probationary student. As part of your probational acceptance, you will be required to meet with the Director of Academic Support Services regularly during your first semester at Bluefield University. The director will work with you to develop a plan for academic success, so you begin your second semester with grades that demonstrate you can succeed as a Bluefield University student.
A student is considered for full acceptance if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
If you choose to submit standardized test scores, which may improve your financial aid award, we look for:
- A minimum SAT score of 970 (math and critical reading)
- A minimum CLT score of 62
- A minimum ACT score of 18
Students should carefully plan their high school curriculum to prepare for college. Although we do not require a specific set of high school credits, we recommend students include the following high school courses:
- 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 units of electives
A unit is defined as a completed course.
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