Bluefield University in the News


by | Aug 19, 2020

Nineteen students at Bluefield College tested positive for COVID-19.  Earlier today a member of the Bluefield College football team tested positive after requesting a test.  Following contact tracing protocols additional members of the football team were tested.  The decision was made to test the entire team once additional students were identified.  This effort produced an additional 18 students with positive cases.  The football program has suspended all activities for the next seven days.

Through contact tracing by College staff members, it appears the source of community spread was from a social gathering in the Radford, Virginia community over the weekend.  Affected students are in the care of the College’s student development team.  They have been placed in pre-identified quarantine rooms until they test negative for the virus.

Bluefield College leadership made the decision to move all classes to remote instruction on Thursday and Friday with a plan to return to in-person instruction on Monday morning.  Bluefield College has planned to offer courses in-person and online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students are able to attend classes either way and are able to quickly pivot solely to remote instruction.  This remote instruction period will also allow for campus staff to deep clean facilities around campus.

“Bluefield College leadership continues to monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis,” said President David Olive.  “We will provide updates to our campus community to be transparent and responsible in communicating how we move forward as a campus.”

For more information, please contact Joshua Cline, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at 304.960.9195 or [email protected]

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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.

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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.

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