Campus Living FAQ

These are the most common questions we hear from students preparing to move on campus.

How and when do I find out who I will be rooming with?

New students learn about their room and roommate by attending a RAM day event in May, June, or July. If you are unable to attend a RAM day, you can access this information by logging into myBU.

What can I use to hang posters and pictures on the walls?

3M tape and hooks work well as does reusable sticky tack.

How do I get my room key?

On move-in day, all students must go through the check-in process. At the end of check-in, students receive their key from a Residence Life staff member.

What does my room include?

Residence hall rooms have a twin XL bed, one desk, one chair, one dresser, and either closets or wardrobes for each occupant in the room. We also provide a mini-fridge and a microwave for every residence hall room on campus.

Can I bring extra furniture?

Students must keep the university-provided furniture in their room. Students may bring additional furniture, but please keep in mind your limited space. Students must also keep the entry to the room clear for fire safety compliance. Our what to bring page has more information.

What size are the mattresses?

The mattresses are extra-long twin size.

Can I move in early?

Due to staffing, Residence Life cannot accommodate early arrivals.

Can I paint my room?

We encourage you to individualize your room, but you should do so without painting.

Do I have to sign up for a meal plan?

A meal plan is required for most residential students, so you do not need to sign up.

How do I change rooms?

Requests to transfer rooms should be addressed to the Resident Assistant and Resident Hall Director of your floor and building during the first two weeks of school. After that time, changes will only take place after administrative approval. Students wishing to change rooms and/or roommates need to fill out a room change request form and pay a $50 processing fee.

What do I do if I lose my ID card?

If your ID card is lost or stolen, contact the IST Department for assistance, and they will issue a new card. The fee for issuing a new card is $25.

Where do I take my room trash?

There are dumpsters near each residence hall. Students are expected to take their trash out and not leave trash in their rooms or the residence hall hallways. Students who do not properly dispose of their trash will be fined.


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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