Student Life

We strive to help students live a balanced life, where learning complements life outside of the classroom.

Living a Well-Rounded Life

Student life at Bluefield University includes everything from challenging and rigorous classes to meaningful explorations of faith through service, worship, and reflection. The Office of Student Development guides a full spectrum of programs and services designed to help students grow during their university experience.

Live a Christ-Centered Life

Bluefield University is a Christian University steeped in the Baptist tradition of faith. We live our faith daily through our interactions with one another. Students are expected to attend chapel services, and they can participate in an array of ministry-focused programs. Mission trips, Bible study groups, and service projects allow our students to serve others.

Live a Healthy Life

The Center for Counseling & Wellness provides a professional and confidential setting for students seeking psychological, emotional, and developmental support. Center staff help students explore avenues for personal growth. The services offered for individual and group counseling are free to currently enrolled undergraduate on-campus and online students. Daily wellness activities help students learn effective self-care tools and techniques as they take part in yoga, financial wellness seminars, or book clubs. The center staff takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, offering sessions that include Adulting 101, Managing Stress & Anxiety, and Improving Study Skills & Habits. Referral services to area mental health providers can be made when a student’s needs exceed the professional counseling services offered on campus.

Anyone interested in scheduling a counseling session or wanting more information about what the center offers should email Emily Cook.

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


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Jenna Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Raymond

Assistant Professor of Counseling

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