Bluefield State College Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 219 Rock Street
City Bluefield
State West Virginia
Zip 24701
Phone 304-327-4000
Total Enrollment 2349
Motto A Commitment to program of excellence
Level of Selectivity Non-competitive
Location Bluefield State College is located in Bluefield, West Virginia, a coal mining city with a population of approximately 15,300. The city is served by mass bus transportation; passenger rail, which is a mile from campus; and the airport, which is 3 miles away. Students have access to shopping at the Mercer Mall. Points of interest include the Pocahontas Bituminous Coalfields. Visual and performing arts events, as well as regional craft shows, are held in the Bluefield Arts and Crafts Center. Annual events include the Mountain Festival.
History Bluefield State College (BSC) is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal arts institution founded in 1895 as Bluefield Colored Institute to train black teachers. Postsecondary education was not offered until 1931 when the name changed to Bluefield State Teachers College. The first bachelorís degree was awarded in 1932. The present name was adopted in 1943. Presently, Bluefield offers a comprehensive teacher education program as well as programs in the arts, science, and engineering technology. Although only 6 percent of the student population is black, BSC is one of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the state. As a state-supported school, BSCís mission is to provide affordable higher education to area residents from all races and cultures. All programs are designed to promote the studentsí intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development. This commuter college serves citizens of south West Virginia at three off-campus sites, including the Greenbrier Community College in Lewisburg, West Virginia; the McDowell Community College in Welch, West Virginia; and the nursing program in Beckley, West Virginia.
Band Program No
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation Bluefield State College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Applied Science degrees.
Costs per Year 2002Ė03 Tuition: $2576 (in-state); $6296 (out-of-state) Room and board: None Special fees: $300 Books: $700 Estimated total cost: $3576 (in-state); $7296 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 2576
Out of State Tuition 9296
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of student receiving financial aid: 85 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $2,833,146
Financial-Aid Deadline March 1(priority)
Admission Deadline Open admissions.
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of the following minimum units: 4 English, 2 mathematics (algebra and higher), 2 lab science, 3 social studies (applicants out of high school more than five years exempt from specific units); minimum 2.0 GPA; submit proof of measles and rubella immunizations.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 128 credit hours and completion of core requirements, including 6 mathematics, 8 science, and a computer course; minimum 2.0 GPA; 32 hours in residence with last 16 hours at BSC for a bachelorís degree. A minimum of 64 credit hours and completion of core requirements; last 16 hours in residence with last 8 hours at BSC for an associate degree.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment (men/women): 948/1,401 In-state: 2,214 Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 637/838 Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 311/563 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 219; Asian, 6; Caucasian, 2,086; Hispanic, 8; Native American, 7; International, 23
Diversity 500
Student Life Campus Regulations: Cars must be registered. Campus Services: Health center; personal and psychological counseling; career planning and placement; student employment services; testing for ACT, CLEP, GMAT, GED, PPST, and Nurseís Aide E
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 186 Student-teacher ratio: 15:1 Full-time faculty members: 94 Part-time faculty members: 92 Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 50%
Athletic Program Bluefield State College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II, the National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC).
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Two summer sessions.
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: English, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Literature, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology Bachelor of Science: Accountancy, Accounting, Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Engineering Technology, Language Arts Education, Management, Marketing, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Middle School Education, Mining Engineering Technology, Nursing, Science Education, Social Studies Education Associate of Applied Science: Medical Lab Technician, Occupation Development Associate of Science: Accounting, Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Commercial Aquaculture, Computer Science, Corrections, Electrical Engineering Technology, Law Enforcement, Legal Assistant, Lodging Operations, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Professional Office Systems Technology, Radiologic Technology, Radiology Technology, Technical Communications
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