Online Admissions



Admissions Process

Are you ready to begin the application process? We want to make the online admissions process as easy as possible. A personal enrollment counselor will help you with every step in the admissions process whether you are applying for undergraduate or graduate programs. The first step is to submit your application. If you’ve taken courses at another school, you need to submit transcripts from all the colleges/universities you have attended. Once your file is complete, your enrollment counselor will make an admissions decision and discuss the results with you.

Financial Aid

Your enrollment counselor and a financial aid counselor will walk you through the financial aid process. To determine if you are eligible for federal grants and loans, begin by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). BU uses your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for federal aid and/or institutional aid. Your enrollment counselor will provide you with information about other financial aid opportunities, including scholarships based on academics, faith, the degree program, and other factors.

Tuition & Fees

The value of a college degree cannot be overstated. That’s one reason we are transparent when it comes to our tuition and fee structure. We believe an online degree from Bluefield University is one of the most affordable available. We invite you to review our pages outlining the tuition for specific degree programs and the fees you’ll pay as a BU student. Our net price calculator can help you develop your budget.

Transfer Information

If you’ve already started a degree program at another accredited school, you probably have questions about transferring to one of our online programs. We take pride in being a transfer-friendly school. Your online enrollment counselor will review your previous educational credits and discuss with you which credits may transfer. Keep in mind there are several factors the Office of the Registrar considers in determining transfer credit. No matter how many credits transfer, you’ll be well-positioned to earn your online degree quickly.

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