Bluefield State College

219 Rock St, Bluefield, WV 24701
Tel: (304)327-4000
Public | 1,943 students
Bluefield State College provides students an affordable, geographically accessible opportunity for public higher education. The College demonstrates its commitment to undergraduate education by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a caring environment.

School Overview:

Bluefield State College
CountyMercer County, WV
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
98 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,943 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,600 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
343 students137 students
 
% American Indian/Alaskan
-1%
% Asian
-2%
% Hawaiian
-1%
% Hispanic
1%3%
% Black
11%6%
% White
88%84%
% Two or more races
-2%
 
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$5,180$24,462
 
Out-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$9,944$24,744
 
Percent Admitted40%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)405-495450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)405-515460-573
ACT English (25-75%)16-2219-25
ACT Math (25-75%)16-2018-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)17-2120-25

School Notes:

  • Bluefield State College was established as a black teachers college by an act of the West Virginia Legislature in 1895 and was integrated after 1954. By the 1960's the College had a comprehensive four-year program of teacher education, arts and sciences, and engineering technology. Gradually a variety of two-year technical programs evolved in response to local needs.
  • Bluefield State College offers several programs of study under each of the four academic schools.
  • The college offers baccalaureate and associate degrees. Instructional programs are offered in engineering technologies, business, teacher education, arts and sciences, nursing and health science professions, and a variety of career fields. Students may also complete the non-traditional Regents Bachelor of Arts degree through Bluefield State College. A strength of the College is the two-plus-two design of many of its baccalaureate level programs whereby the two years completed for an associate degree are completely applicable toward the baccalaureate degree. Bluefield State College is also dedicated to offering a wide variety of off campus courses at centers in Beckley, Lewisburg, and Welch.
  • BSC was selected for the sixth consecutive year as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Bluefield State College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Engineering technology programs accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

Nearby Schools:

Bluefield College
2.2 mi. away
Concord University
16.1 mi. away
Emory & Henry College
47.5 mi. away

View all schools in: West Virginia, Mercer , Bluefield, Zip 24701

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