Bluefield University in the News


by | Mar 24, 2017

High school juniors and seniors and other prospective college students are invited to attend a Spring Open House at Bluefield College, Saturday, April 1.

Beginning with registration at 9 a.m. and featuring a financial aid session, an academic and student organizations fair, an admissions session, campus tours, and the opportunity to meet faculty and current students, the Spring Open House is designed to expose prospective students to the full Bluefield College experience.

“Our admissions team is excited to host prospective students and their families on campus for Spring Open House,” said BC’s Evan Sherman, director of traditional admissions. “We already have a great group of students registered for the event, but spots are still available for late registrants.”

Following a welcome assembly at 9:30 a.m., all participants are invited to an admissions session at 10 a.m. to learn more about the admissions process and requirements for admission to BC. At 10:30 a.m., parents and families will attend a financial aid workshop to find out more about the financial aid process and the grants and scholarships available to students, while the prospective students take part in a BC 360 session featuring a Q&A forum with current students and faculty.

The Spring Open House will also feature an Academic and Student Organizations Fair at 11 a.m. showcasing the college’s more than 40 academic offerings, including business, teacher education, communications, exercise and sports science, criminal justice, forensic science, Christian studies, fine arts, and graphic communication, just to name a few. The Fair will also showcase the school’s service, academic, outdoor, athletic and other student organizations, as well as its 15 intercollegiate sports teams, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball; women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Following the Fair, prospective students and their families will take part in tours of the BC campus, including the school’s newest residence facility, Bluestone Commons, a modern, independent-living apartment complex; computer labs and SMART classrooms with high-tech presentation devices; and the Student Activities Center and its Quick Shott Cafe.

“Our Open House events provide an excellent opportunity for interested students and their families to discover Bluefield College,” said Sherman, “and to meet our faculty and staff, tour our facilities, and see if Bluefield College is the right fit for them.”

The day will conclude with lunch in BC’s dining hall at 12:30 p.m. along with more time to share with BC admissions and financial aid counselors. A private Christian college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia and surrounded by activity and stunning natural beauty, Bluefield College is an inclusive Christ-centered learning community developing transformational servant leaders. 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, the college seeks to graduate servant leaders who understand their life calling and transform the world.

To pre-register for Spring Open House, visit the Bluefield College web site at or contact the Office of Admissions by email at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4231 or 800-872-0175.

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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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