Bluefield University in the News


by | May 6, 2019

From June 7-16, 2019, the Appalachian Summit Center, a Bluefield College affiliate, will host its ten-day Living Learning Community Summer Internship program.

Are you a college student interested in social change? From June 7-16, 2019, the Appalachian Summit Center, a Bluefield College affiliate, will host its ten-day Living Learning Community Summer Internship program.

“The Living Learning Community Summer Internship Program will feature local entrepreneurs and community leaders from the Greater Bluefield area along with leaders from Bluefield College,” says Assistant Project Manager, Josh Dye.

Students will discover the characteristics of a rural, isolated community, assess key challenges including social inequities arising from geographic isolation and the lack of quality food sources and identify possible innovations to aid in progressing the region forward. As part of the internship opportunity, they will also be provided with a chance to engage with local leaders on a micro-level community improvement project and experience local attractions.

Also, students will work alongside builders and social innovators to develop new ways to build healthy and sustainable communities. Participants will become more aware of the unique challenges that rural communities face while studying social injustice and geographic isolation.

This internship will allow students to explore innovations such as tourism, agribusiness, arts, and entrepreneurship and discover their own strengths while assessing problems faced by a rural Appalachian community. Participants will also be able to learn how they can make a difference in their communities.

Any college student from any major is allowed to attend and participate.  However, Bluefield College business students are strongly encouraged to participate as they can earn two hours of internship credit out of the three required to graduate.

The cost of tuition for the Living Learning Community Summer Internship Program is $649. A discounted price of $499 will be offered to those who pay before May 20. Students can register online at

Bluefield University

[email protected]276.326.4212

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


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