Bluefield University in the News


by | Apr 16, 2019

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Bluefield College is now accepting applications for its June 2-22, 2019 session. The program is designed to help participants confront their circumstances, overcome their conditions, and pave the way for a new and better life.

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Bluefield College is now accepting applications for its June 2-22, 2019 session. The program is designed to help participants confront their circumstances, overcome their conditions, and pave the way for a new and better life.

Appalachian women who have experienced difficult circumstances, but still have an eagerness to learn, improve their lives, and become more self-sufficient, are encouraged to apply for the three-week residential program. Most participants are between the ages of 30 and 55 and are motivated and haven’t had access to higher education. Often their circumstances have left them in poverty or some other financial or personal predicament.

During the three-week residential session, students will participate in creative writing, public speaking, interviewing, and Appalachian literature classes. Instructors will also teach basic accounting, computer and resume writing skills, and how to navigate the college application process. Internships provided by the local community give the women the opportunity to explore career paths. Cultural events, such as concerts and theatre productions are also a part of the program.

Included in the New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) program is personal support in the form of career counseling, group reflection, makeovers, dress for success resources, and health screenings – all designed to create a sense of pride and self-worth.

There is no cost to the students attending this program and assistance with childcare costs and travel costs are available. Applicants should have or be working toward a GED or high school diploma, be of low-income and have an interest in a new career and/or higher education.

Jane B. Stephenson founded NOSW in 1987 at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, out of an urgent need to help women in Appalachia become better educated and employed. The NOSW expanded to a second site at Lees-McCrae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, in 2005, and in 2013 expanded to a third location at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia.

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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.

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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