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The mission of Bluefield State College is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. A historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse professions, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and full student support services in a nurturing environment.
Bluefield State College is committed to being the region’s leading InstitutionInstitution of higher education. Embracing the diversity that shapes our world, the College strives to assist students from all walks of life in achieving their personal and professional goals. Using the expertise of faculty and staff and the commitment of its students and alumni, Bluefield State College will continue to strive for excellence in learning, service to the community, and advancements in research. Proficiency in these areas enables the InstitutionInstitution and its graduates to make significant contributions at the community, state, national, and global levels.
Bluefield State College provides a diverse range of curricular and co-curricular interactive opportunities to its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The College builds toward the future with continued emphasis on recruiting and retaining motivated students and highly credentialed faculty and staff achieving university status offering Master’s level programs and expanding its programmatic offerings through distance education initiatives.
Bluefield State is focused on student success—on your success—by offering a high-quality, career-oriented education tailored to meet tomorrow’s job market. It is a place where potential is put into practice, where your hopes and drive connect with a more promising future.
Even though Bluefield State is one of the most affordable schools in West Virginia, our curricula are second-to-none for building a great career. More than 60 percent of our graduates earn degrees in STEM disciplines, including nursing, biology, and engineering. We don’t lower our standards—we would never let our students down that way—but our faculty and staff go the extra mile to help you succeed up to the highest standards. If you attend Bluefield State willing to work hard, you will get an education that works for you for the rest of your career.
Here, each student is much more than a number. When you attend Bluefield State, people will know you. We expect excellence from our students, but we invest in you, work with you, and inspire you to realize capability you never knew you had. Students and alumni love this sense of community. “There is a real family atmosphere here,” one Bluefield State student said. “You feel comfortable speaking with faculty, seeking them out.”
Built into a mountainside, Bluefield State College understands uphill challenges. However, a Bluefield State education is a process of discovery and refining—a discovery of skills, refining of gifts, a journey to a mountaintop that reveals new horizons in our students’ lives.
Currently, our student body represents more than 20 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Gambia, Nigeria, Bahamas, Belgium, Spain, New Zealand, Netherlands, Macedonia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Serbia, Brazil, Italy, Canada, Germany, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Liberia, Poland, Sweden, and India. We accept both first-time international freshmen and those who have already taken courses at another institution.
For students who have graduated from high school (or secondary school) and completed some college course work at another higher education institution, we are ready to help you apply to Bluefield State College.
Bluefield State is a proud mix of students pursuing diverse paths: aspiring nurses wanting a fast track to their first job, recent high-school grads establishing a four-year foundation, future graduate scholars seeking an affordable start, international students wanting to experience American college life. While there’s no one student experience at Bluefield State, your time here is sure to be an important step closer to wherever you want to go.
Through modest class sizes, deeply supportive staff, and a healthy camaraderie on campus, you will experience a real sense of community at Bluefield State. Here, your peers are in it with you, and your professors know your story. We also meet you where you are, rather than funneling you through a rigid system. If you’re balancing a job, a budget, or a family, you are in safe company. You can choose to invest fully on campus—through top-notch research labs, clubs and groups, and internships, focusing on coursework and press for the finish line.
Regardless of the student experience you want, at Bluefield State, you will help continue a strong tradition of resilience—one shaped by the many individuals who have climbed these mountainside steps, advanced their lives, and left closer to their summit they started.
Whether you’re working a full-time job, managing busy home life, or experiencing some other challenge in getting to campus, we want to meet you where you are. Through our degree programs and courses, we aim to work with students in non-traditional ways, so that the steps toward a college degree are possible. Online courses don’t meet in person. Instead, course content is delivered via the internet, TV, CDs, or DVDs. There may be opportunities for live events like conferences or lectures as well.
As an online student, keeping up with weekly assignments and deadlines is vital to your success. Since your class attendance isn’t tracked, assignments are used to determine how well you are completing the course. If you are not timely with your assignments, your grade will reflect that.
Classes are conducted through a learning management system, Moodle. This Unique learning environment facilitated by Bluefield State faculty contains both materials recorded during in-person classes and material created primarily for online courses. Students can use Moodle from anywhere they can connect to the internet.

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