Bluefield University in the News


by | Dec 15, 2015

What do skiing, snowboarding, tubing, rock-climbing, dodge-ball, concerts, worship, and life on a Christian college campus all have in common?

They are all a part of Bluefield College’s Winter Blast, a two-day ski adventure and worship weekend set for January 16-17 on the stunning Bluefield College campus and the thrilling slopes of nearby Winterplace Ski Resort.



Church youth groups, outdoor fanatics, Christian music fans, prospective college students and any other Bluefield College friends are invited to participate in the winter youth event that will feature worshipful music from the contemporary Christian band Finding Favour and meaningful messages applicable to teens today from Jason Garris, lead pastor of Highland Christian Church in Asheville, North Carolina.


With more than 500 youth already registered to attend, the 2016 version of BC’s Winter Blast will begin Saturday, January 16 with registration from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and a worship concert at 7:00 p.m. with Finding Favour, a four-member band from Nashville, Tennessee, whose powerful music reflects the moving stories that inspire their faith.


Originally from Vidalia, Georgia, Finding Favour performs songs of religious inspiration and personal transformation against a backdrop of tight modern pop rock. They offer soul-shaking anthems with impactful lyrics, including the debut single “Slip on By” off their recently released premiere self-titled album.


“Our songs are a reflection of specific moments of our lives and a reminder that God has been there by our sides,” said drummer Josh Duckworth. “We hope that our music gives people hope and encourages all of us to rise as believers and love others passionately through Jesus.”


Day one of Winter Blast will conclude with a late night pizza party, dodge-ball tournament, and other various games in BC’s Dome Gymnasium and Student Activities Center.


Day two, Sunday, January 17, will begin with a 9:00 a.m. worship session led by Garris, who has been speaking to and working with middle and high school students for more than 15 years at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and now Highland Christian Church in Asheville, North Carolina. With a love for scripture and “the incredible story of rescue that it contains,” Garris is known as a storyteller. A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, who studied mass communication in college, he not only tells stories from the pulpit and the stage, but also through filmmaking and the camera lens.


Followed by lunch on the BC campus at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Winter Blast participants will travel to nearby Winterplace Ski Resort for a full day of skiing, tubing, and snowboarding. With 28 trails on more than 90 acres of skiable terrain, Winterplace serves as the off-campus setting for BC’s Winter Blast. Winterplace has nine lifts, a top elevation of 3,600 feet, and a long run of more than a mile, not to mention the fact that it has the largest snow tubing park in the state of West Virginia.


The standard two-day package for Winter Blast, January 16-17, costs $179 per person and includes two nights lodging, two worship sessions, a one day lift ticket, one day ski rental, a lunch, two dinners, two breakfasts, and a souvenir t-shirt. For the extreme Winter Blast adventurer, an added day of skiing with an extra overnight stay on the BC campus is available, Friday, January 15. The three-day package, January 15-17, costs $259 per person and includes three nights lodging, two worship sessions, a two-day lift ticket, a two-day ski rental, two lunches, two dinners, three breakfasts, and a souvenir t-shirt.


To register or for more information, visit, or contact Winter Blast coordinator Ron Whitworth by email at [email protected] or by phone at 828.216.4464.

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


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Jenna Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Raymond

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Our team is here for you! How can we help?

This form requires credentials in order to request information.