Bluefield University in the News


by | Sep 28, 2018

Bluefield College will host a mental health symposium on Thursday, October 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The symposium will feature regional substance abuse prevention and recovery specialists who will provide presentations, training opportunities, and workshops. Professionals in human services, law enforcement, education, health care, mental health, and faith group leaders are invited to attend.

The symposium will feature a track in Mental Health First Aid, which will teach the participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance disorders in adults or youth. Attendees will gain the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance abuse problem and help connect them to appropriate care. A fee of $17 will be collected at the door for this track.

REVIVE! training will also be offered, which will teach the participant how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan®).

Presentations include: Overview of the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia, Regional Resources (ASAC and the WarmLine), Energizing Appalachian Communities using the Strategic Prevention Framework, and Drug Trends and Awareness.

Workshops include: Handle With Care (for law enforcement and early childhood workers), suicideTALK, ACEs and You, Celebrate Recovery, Drug Court, Prescription Monitoring Program, and Faith-Based Drug Monitoring Program.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. All attendees are encouraged to pre-register but may register at the door.

For more information and to register, go to the or contact Bonny Dillon at [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.

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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