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ENCOUNTER BLUEFIELD: BC SLATES SECOND OF THREE FALL OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

by | Oct 22, 2010

Bluefield College will host its second of three Fall Open House events for prospective students and their families, Saturday, November 6.

Titled Encounter Bluefield, the Open House will begin with registration at 9:45 a.m. in Harman Chapel, followed by a BC Family Assembly at 10:00 a.m. that will acquaint visiting students with the Bluefield College culture and atmosphere.

Bluefield College is a four-year higher education institution in southwest Virginia that strives to serve students through a Christ-centered liberal arts education. In an effort to challenge students both intellectually and spiritually, Bluefield College couples academic education and a diverse Christian environment. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and integrates education, service, and local and global community development into its programs. Opportunities abound for students looking to grow through internships, mission opportunities, and travel abroad programs.

Students and their families will be given the opportunity to learn more about Bluefield College during the November 6 Encounter Bluefield event. Current Student Ambassadors will offer campus tours for prospective families at 10:40 a.m. that will showcase the new East River Residence Hall, SMART classrooms equipped with high-technology equipment, Easley Library, the Cox Visual Arts Center, and other facilities.

Also on the Encounter Bluefield schedule will be an Academic and Organizations Fair at 11:30 a.m., which will display Bluefield College’s 22 majors of study, including business, biology/pre-med, communications, teacher education, exercise science, fine arts, criminal justice, and forensic science. The Academic and Organizations Fair will also showcase BC’s variety of student organizations, from sororities and fraternities, to the Art Club and Outdoor Club, to Fellowship of Christian Athletes and ministry and mission organizations.

Lunch will follow the Academic Fair at noon. Afterward, students and parents will be able to ask questions to a panel of Bluefield College students, staff members, and faculty during a session called Bluefield College 360. For students interested in music or athletics, meeting sessions, tryouts and auditions will be made available at the conclusion of the Open House. Students wanting to meet one-on-one with a professor will also have that opportunity during the day.

Bluefield College will host its third and final Encounter Bluefield event on Monday, November 15. To register or for more information about the Fall Open House series, please contact the Bluefield College Admissions Office by phone at 800-872-0175 (x231) or by e-mail 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.

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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.

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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