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Admissions Process

To make sure your admissions process is convenient, helpful, and comfortable, a personal admissions counselor is assigned to each prospective student. We want to help you complete every step of the process. For students applying for the 2021-2022 school year, ACT, SAT, and CLT test scores are optional. But you must submit your high school transcript. Transfer students must submit transcripts from all institutions they have attended. Once these and your completed application form have been received, your personal admissions counselor makes an admissions decision and discusses the results with you.

Financial Aid

Your personal admissions counselor and a financial aid counselor will walk you through the financial aid process. You need to begin the process by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. BU uses your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for federal loans, grants, the federal work-study program, and institutional aid. Your counselors can also suggest other financial aid opportunities, including scholarships based on academics, athletics, your major, and other factors.

Tuition & Fees

Earning a degree from Bluefield University is an investment in your future. Not only do you receive a top-notch education but you do so at a recognized Christian University dedicated to excellence. We publish our tuition and fees separately, so students and their families can see exactly what to expect. Your personal admissions counselor will provide a Bottom Line Estimate outlining everything you’ll need to pay for during the year. We also encourage you to review our Cost of Attendance page to create a budget and our Net Price Calculator to see how affordable a BU education can be.

Virtual Tour

Whether you’re down the street or across the globe, you can experience BU from your couch by viewing our virtual tour. You’ll see all that our campus has to offer as you learn interesting facts about the home of the Rams. From our beautiful mountain scenery to our facilities, our virtual tour gives prospective students insight into where we live, study, and play. If you can’t visit us in person, our virtual tour is the next best thing.

Meet Your Counselor

At Bluefield University, our focus is on helping you find success as a student. Our Admissions Counselors love what they do, and they’re eager to help each student reach their personal goals. From students just beginning their University search to those ready to commit, your personal counselor guides you through every step of the admissions process.

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