Bluefield College: Narrative Description

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3000 College Dr.
Bluefield, VA 24605-1799
Tel: (276)326-3682
Free: 800-872-0175
Admissions: (276)326-4217
Fax: (276)326-4288
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Independent Southern Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1922. Setting: 85-acre small town campus. Endowment: $4.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3179 per student. Total enrollment: 814. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 740 applied, 57% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 32% from top quarter, 61% from top half. 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 716 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 98 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 3 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 16% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 45% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; law/legal studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $17,230 includes full-time tuition ($10,860), mandatory fees ($570), and college room and board ($5800). College room only: $2280. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $355 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $250 per year.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 6 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Union Board, Student Government Association, Bluefield Singers. Major annual events: Homecoming Parade and Dance, Spring Formal, Mud Pig Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access, night security patrols. 240 college housing spaces available; 209 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Easley Library with 74,150 books, 14,000 serials, 2,210 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $247,602. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A suburban area in the Virginia Highlands, Bluefield is a center of diversified industry. Products of its industries are fabric dyes, mattresses, hardwood flooring, textiles, and mining equipment. All commercial transportation is available. Public libraries, churches, hospitals, and a number of civic and service organizations are a part of the community. Nearby mountains provide opportunities for numerous recreational activities. Some part-time employment is available.