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Bluefield University to Offer Winter Break Courses

by | Dec 2, 2021

Bluefield, VA – Bluefield University will launch its Fall III term beginning December 13. The four-week accelerated term gives students the opportunity to take up to 9 credits (3 courses) between semesters. The Fall III term allows students to engage in study outside their normal academic program.

Courses are open to current, new, and visiting students. The courses run from December 13 – January 9 allowing semester-long courses to be completed in four weeks. Sixteen courses will be offered during the Fall III Term including general studies in literature, college algebra, political science, and more.

Other unique courses offered will include a football coaching course that allows individuals to learn the basics of football with the Bluefield University football staff. History buffs can take advantage of a course on gladiators and Olympians. Theatre appreciation and personal wellness will also be offered.

In addition, BU’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) will provide academic support for students during the Fall Term III. Students may contact ACE by email at [email protected]. Available services include Grammarly for writing support and SmartThinking for course specific support.

“Winter term is a great time for a student to try online learning for the first time,” said Dr. Patricia Neely, BU Executive VP for Online & Distance Education. “It also offers students who are trying to graduate sooner the option to earn up to 9 credits toward graduation. We welcome students from other colleges, dual enrollment students, and community members who would like to take a college course over the Christmas break.”

For more information or to register for the Fall Term III, contact the BU office of Admissions at [email protected] or call 800.872.0175. The last day to pay and register for Fall Term III is Monday, December 13.

Rebecca Kasey, Director of Public Relations & Marketing

[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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