Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College is a public, historically black college located in Bluefield, West Virginia. It was established in 1895 as the Bluefield Colored Institute. BSC is a part of West Virginia's public education system. The college offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in diverse areas of study, including business, arts and sciences, teacher education, engineering technology, nursing and health science.

Bluefield State College's athletics department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams, which are nicknamed the Big Blues. Its athletics teams compete in the NCAA's Division II as a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in sports like basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball, tennis and cross-country.

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Bluefield State College
219 Rock St
Bluefield , WV 24701
General Phone: (304) 327-4000

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Bluefield State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts73general studies, humanities, social services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine65registered nursing, various nursing
Business and Management40business management, accounting
Engineering Technician38architectural engineering tech, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, mechanical engineering tech, mining tech
Education and Teaching30elementary school teaching
Medical Support and Technology26radiation therapist, radiographer
Security and Law Enforcement15criminal justice and safety
Science10biological and physical sciences
Computer Science and Engineering7computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Bluefield State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree21916
Associate's degree856

Bluefield State Student Body

Bluefield State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Bluefield State had a total enrollment of 1,804 students (1,647 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 12%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 20%
22-24 17%
25-29 15%
30-34 9%
35-39 8%
40-49 8%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

West Virginia83%
South Carolina2%
(International Students)1%

Bluefield State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 100 %

Bluefield State Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Bluefield, West Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other West Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bluefield State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410510
SAT Math420530
ACT Verbal1521
ACT Math1619
ACT Composite1621

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT14%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT77%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended

Bluefield State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,272
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,568
Books and supplies $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
Bluefield State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 380900)

Bluefield State Faculty

Bluefield State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track66
Non-tenured and not on tenure track311

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$85,6830*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$76,7781*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$67,4399$65,776
Associate professoracademic year9$57,0826$57,227
Assistant professoracademic year7$55,79814$50,219
Instructoracademic year1*4$28,953
Lectureracademic year0*1*
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year35$60,87634$52,700

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bluefield State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports82634

Bluefield State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Mining Technology/Technician

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Social Sciences, General

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Biological and Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

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Bluefield State Highlights

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What Sets Bluefield State Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Number of degree programs
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Top 12%Bluefield State Number of degree programs
% of degrees in engineering technician
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Top 16%Bluefield State % of degrees in engineering technician
Number of students
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Top 19%Bluefield State Number of students

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