Bluefield University in the News


by | Mar 27, 2018

Budding entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners are invited to participate in Launch Appalachia, a regional business idea competition for Tazewell (VA) and Mercer (WV) counties sponsored by the Bluefield College Donald W. Caudill School of Business.

Budding entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners are invited to participate in Launch Appalachia, a regional business idea competition for Tazewell (VA) and Mercer (WV) counties sponsored by the Bluefield College Donald W. Caudill School of Business.

Participants must be residents of Tazewell or Mercer county, and ideas must be “new, independent proposed ventures in the conceptual, seed or start-up stages.” Idea submissions must include a one-to-five-page summary, including a description of the product/service, a marketing plan, an explanation of obstacles faced, and a list of resources required.

Submissions will be evaluated beginning March 22 with the top 10 finalists announced on March 30. Finalists will then be asked to present their ideas through an oral presentation during a recognition banquet, Thursday, April 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fincastle on the Mountain in Bluefield, Virginia. Oral presentations can be up to 10 minutes, followed by a five-minute question-and-answer session with judges, and must include visual aids, such as PowerPoint or Prezi slides.

“We’re searching for entrepreneurs with great ideas,” said Dr. David Hite, a BC assistant professor of business. “This includes students, existing entrepreneurs, and potential entrepreneurs. If you have a good business idea, we invite you to participate in Launch Appalachia.”

Prizes for Launch Appalachia will include thousands of dollars in cash, physical space to start a business, and free marketing, accounting and legal services for businesses. To apply or for more information, visit or contact Bluefield College’s Caleb Robbins by phone at 276-326-4223 or by email at [email protected]

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

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  • 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.

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  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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