Bluefield University in the News


by | Apr 7, 2011

High school juniors already considering where they might attend college are invited to a Bluefield College Open House designed specifically for underclass students, Friday, April 15, starting at 9:30 a.m. in Harman Chapel.

“The junior year is the perfect time to start making college visits,” said BC’s Mark Hipes, director of traditional admissions. “Starting early gives students time to do their homework and prepare, and then the senior year is about finalizing those plans and preparing for college.”

A private Christian college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia and surrounded by activity and stunning natural beauty, Bluefield College is dedicated to helping students explore, find, nurture, and live their passion. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and ranked among the Top 50 Colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report, BC’s academic and co-curricular programs are designed to transform students’ lives by integrating liberal arts with career-oriented studies and service to God and the global community.

The April 15 Junior Open House will give students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about the college through campus tours, information sessions, and interaction with current students, professors and administrators.

Through an Academic Fair, the prospective students can learn more about the college’s 22 majors of study, including business, teacher education, communications, exercise and sports science, criminal justice, behavioral science, Christian studies, fine arts, and the most recent additions in forensic science and graphic communication. In addition, students with a pre-med passion can learn more about BC’s transfer agreements with Virginia’s Edward Via Osteopathic School of Medicine and the Appalachian School of Pharmacy.

During a Coaches’ Corner session, prospective students with a passion for competition can learn more about Bluefield’s 14 intercollegiate sports teams, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis; women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball; and co-ed cheerleading. The college will begin competition in football in the fall of 2011, bringing its sports total to 15.

The Junior Open House Schedule also will feature a BC 360 session that will allow the visiting juniors to learn more about how current students nurture their passions for service and missions. Through ongoing efforts to be in service to God and the community, BC students have earned three consecutive designations on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and a Five Star Service Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for exemplary character and service. In addition, in the past five years alone, BC students have participated in nine mission trips to Italy, Austria, Peru, China twice, South Africa, New York City, Brazil, and Europe.

Prospective students may also participate in campus tours to learn more about BC’s newest residence hall, East River Hall, a modern living-learning facility; a video conferencing facility that connects the school to academic environments around the world; 10 computer labs and 11 “SMART” classrooms with high-tech presentation devices, modern projection equipment, SMART Boards, computers, DVD players, and surround-sound audio systems; and a recently renovated Student Activities Center featuring a Coffeehouse setting and the Quick Shott Cafe.

The Junior Open House schedule also will include lunch and a performance by BC’s select student voice ensemble, Variations, one four voice ensembles on campus who with three instrumental music groups and two theatrical troupes make up the student performing arts collection.

“There are thousands of colleges and universities across the country, and students can get a good education at any one of them,” said Hipes. “But, success comes down to finding the right fit. Visiting campus is how a student can begin to determine that fit. We want to invite juniors to campus to see if they are BC bound.”

To register or for more information about BC’s Junior Open House, please contact the Bluefield College Admissions Office by phone at 800-872-0175 (x4231) or by e-mail at [email protected]

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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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