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GOV. MCDONNELL DECLARES PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK (2011)

by | Jul 13, 2011

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed July 25-30 Private College Week in the Commonwealth, and as part of the statewide celebration of private higher education Bluefield College will host a series of open house assemblies featuring campus tours and valuable information sessions

Rising high school juniors and seniors and their families are invited to participate in Virginia Private College Week by attending one of the open house sessions on the Bluefield College campus, starting at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 25-29, and at 9 a.m. only on Saturday, July 30.

Sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) — an association of independent colleges and universities working together to promote awareness of Virginia’s 28 private colleges — Virginia Private College Week is an annual event designed to introduce prospective students to the opportunities and benefits available at a Virginia private college.

During its sessions, Bluefield College, a private Christian liberal arts college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, will host campus tours, financial aid workshops, and information session on the admissions process. BC also will provide a look into its academic programs and student life.

“Visiting campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process,” said Dr. Robert Lambeth, president of the CICV. “I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter, and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach.”

Affordability will be just one of the many common myths Bluefield College officials will address during their sessions. The school also will address myths about a private college education being inaccessible for the middle class and less government aid being available to private college students, among others.

“The difference between public and private college tuition is far less than many families assume, thanks to significant merit and need-based grants and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant,” said Lambeth. “Affordable, personal and quality — these are the words I hope families will associate with a private college education. Our students are successful, because their education is customized to meet their goals both in and out of the classroom.”

Prospective students who visit Bluefield College and at least two other CICV colleges during Virginia Private College Week will receive application fee waivers from each of the three institutions, exempting them from the usual application fees charged by the colleges.

Colleges participating in Private College Week include: Averett College (Danville); Bluefield College (Bluefield); Bridgewater College (Bridgewater); Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg); Emory and Henry College (Emory); Ferrum College (Ferrum); Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney); Hampton University (Hampton); Hollins University (Roanoke); Jefferson College of Health Sciences (Roanoke); Liberty University (Lynchburg); Lynchburg College (Lynchburg); Mary Baldwin College (Staunton); Marymount University (Arlington); Randolph-Macon College (Ashland); Randolph College (Lynchburg); Roanoke College (Salem); St. Paul’s College (Lawrenceville); Shenandoah University (Winchester); Sweet Briar College (Amherst); University of Richmond (Richmond); Virginia Intermont College (Bristol); Virginia Union University (Richmond); Virginia Wesleyan College (Norfolk/Virginia Beach); and Washington & Lee University (Lexington).

Prospective students planning to visit the Bluefield College campus are encouraged to register prior to the event by contacting the BC Admissions Office by phone at 800-872-0176 (x4340) or by email at [email protected] For more information, visit www.privatecollegeweek.org or www.vaprivatecolleges.org.

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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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