Get Involved

One of the best ways to get involved in university life is by joining a campus club or organization.

Joining an organization opens many doors to students by offering opportunities for leadership, community service, social activities, career networking, and, of course, friendship and fellowship. Bluefield University Student Activities recognizes many campus clubs and organizations. Whether you’re interested in student government or the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone. If you can’t find a club that matches your interests, email Student Life about how to start one!

Student Organizations

Bluefield Collegiate Ministries (BCM)

Bluefield Collegiate Ministries, better known as BCM, is a multifaceted program led by our campus minister, Robbie Gaines. BCM offers fellowship for students who seek to find and implement God’s purpose for their lives and their world. Students can get involved in Bible studies, mission projects, and other ministry opportunities.

Elevate, held every Sunday evening in the annex, is a student-driven worship service and part of BCM’s outreach efforts. The contemporary services feature live music, speakers, and special guests.

Student Activities Leadership Team (SALT)

SALT is a fast-paced, student-centered organization offering new and exciting activities for Ram fans! This is the energetic group that plans and implements free or reduced-cost events for everyone to enjoy. We are dedicated to ensuring these programs are high quality, creative, and diverse. Join SALT to:

  • Get the inside scoop on activities happening on campus
  • Actively participate in campus events such as Homecoming, Winter Solace, and Mud Pig Day
  • Network and make connections with local businesses and other departments on campus
  • Develop your event planning skills (a great resume addition)
    Meet and connect with new people

If you’d like to become a member of the Student Activities Leadership Team, email Student Life for more information.

Student Clubs

Greek Organizations

Bluefield University recognizes two Greek organizations, Alpha Delta Sorority and Beta Chi Delta Fraternity. We believe the Greek experience can be a valuable component of university life. Membership in these two organizations is open to any undergraduate student regardless of major. These organizations regularly sponsor service activities, intramural teams, social events, and other programs.

Appalachian Outdoor Club

Do you like being in nature? Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, we’re right around the corner from great canoeing, kayaking, fishing, snow skiing/boarding, rappelling, white-water rafting, rock climbing, and hiking. Is it any wonder that the Outdoor Club is one of the most popular clubs on campus?

Join the Bluefield University Appalachian Outdoor Club as we explore and enjoy the beautiful mountains that surround us. We go hiking, camping, biking, spelunking, canoeing, and rafting, perform trail maintenance, and more! All members of the university community are welcome to participate.

Winterplace Ski Resort is 38 miles north of Bluefield and provides 90 acres of fast winter fun. The northern flowing New River has access points just 28 miles from campus where you can canoe, kayak, and fish year-round. Both east and west from Bluefield, you can hop on the Appalachian Trail to backpack with our Outdoors Club. Then, right on campus, we have a trail that connects to our City Park trail system, creating nearly 15 miles of hiking and biking. Oh yeah, did we mention that we have a cave on campus?

You may never see a location any more beautiful than Bluefield’s.

The Art Club

The goal of the Bluefield University Art Club is to provide students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to share ideas, art concept insights, and fellowship. We sponsor several field trips each year and a bi-annual trip to Washington, D.C. Two annual sales, Christmas and spring semester, raise money for the Department of Art and Design. Contact Walter Shroyer if you’re interested in joining.

Concert Band

Directed by Dr. Andrew Necessary, the Concert Band performs for on-campus and community events. It is open to instrumentalists with high school band or equivalent experience. No audition is required.

Masterworks Chorale

Directed by Dr. John Moir, the Masterworks Chorale is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. This group performs large-scale classical works and selections from both the sacred and secular choral repertoire. Concerts have featured Vivaldi’s Gloria, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and portions of Handel’s Messiah. No audition is required.

Professional Organizations

Students are encouraged to join professional organizations and societies that are relevant to their degree program. Contact your advisor to learn more about the benefits of such membership.

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