Bluefield University in the News


by | Oct 6, 2011

Prospective college students are invited to discover and explore their passion with a visit to Bluefield College's Fall Open House, October 10.

Passion comes in many forms, and this fall students are invited to explore their passion at Bluefield College during the school’s Fall Open House, Monday, October 10.

Whether it’s a desire to compete, serve the community, grow in faith and knowledge, or simply discover what your passion is, Bluefield College is offering prospective college students a chance to find out if BC is where they can make that discovery. Beginning with registration at 9:45 a.m. in Harman Chapel, students will have the opportunity to encounter Bluefield and get a taste of student life during Fall Open House.

Bluefield College is a Christ-centered, private, liberal arts college nestled in the East River Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Offering 22 majors of study and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Bluefield is ranked among the Top 50 Colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report. Most importantly, Bluefield is dedicated to helping transform students’ lives through a well-rounded education, career-focused studies, and service to God and the community.

The Fall Open House will offer students a chance to meet professors in their specific field of interest during an Academic Fair. Majors offered range from business, teacher education, communications, and exercise and sports science, to criminal justice, behavioral science, Christian studies, fine arts, forensic science and graphic communication. Students will have the chance to meet and mingle with faculty, who are willing to answer any questions they may have about their passion.

For students considering college athletics, the October 10 Fall Open House will offer the ability to learn more about Bluefield’s 15 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, co-ed cheerleading, and the newly revived football program, which started competition this fall for the first time in 70 years.

Also available for students during Fall Open House will be campus tours led by BC Student Ambassadors. Prospective students will view the schools’ scenic campus; academic buildings with 10 computer labs and 11 “SMART” classrooms featuring high-tech presentation devices; East River Hall, the college’s newest living-learning facility; and the revamped Student Activities Center, complete with a coffeehouse atmosphere and the Quick Shott Café.

Following campus tours, students can eat in the newly-renovated dining hall, and attend Bluefield College 360, a Q&A session in which various faculty, staff and students will be available to answer questions from prospective students and their families. For the student interested in pursuing missions, service, or travel, BC 360 offers the chance to find out more about Bluefield’s involvement in overseas and stateside missions, as well the school’s study exchange programs with China and Thailand.

Representatives from Financial Aid and Admissions will be available throughout the day to meet with students. In addition, Bluefield’s Music Department will conduct auditions for the college’s four voice ensembles and three instrumental music groups, which have toured abroad and performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Above all, the events of BC’s Fall Open House, will help prospective students truly experience the college’s unique atmosphere.

“Our hope is that students leave with a clear understanding of Bluefield College and what it’s like to be a student here,” said BC’s Mark Hipes, director of traditional admissions. “I often tell students that any accredited college will give them a good education, so then it’s all about whether a school is the right fit.”

To find out whether Bluefield College is the right fit, students can register for Fall Open House on the BC web site or 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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