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Bluefield State University is a small, public college situated within the town of Bluefield, West Virginia right on the state line with Virginia. The college doesn’t offer campus housing, so you’ll either need to live at home or rent an apartment. The student population is just over 1,200 and the student-to-faculty ratio 13 to 1. It wouldn’t be easy to get lost on this campus as the college literally consists of two buildings. You’ll go to your classes, then go home to study. The town of Bluefield is also very small, so you’ll easily learn your way around.

Overview of Bluefield State University

Bluefield State University awards associate and bachelor’s degrees to its graduates. While it is a 4-year school, it doesn’t provide any master’s or doctoral programs. Bluefield is also a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Depending on your high school academic pursuits, you may be able to request credits for certain activities. These include dual credit programs, where high school students are able to simultaneously earn high school and college credits. You may also be able to gain extra credits if you took Advanced Placement classes and passed the exams.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 31%
Year Founded 1895

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,241


Undergraduate Student

Male 447
Female 794

Graduate Student

Male 0
Female 0

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Male 158
Female 312


Male 147
Female 296

Acceptance Rate94%

Male 93%
Female 95%

Enrollment 199

Male   57
Female 142
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline July 31
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Your attendance at Bluefield State University will come at a price, just at it would at any other school. The total price, without any financial aid applied, in a recent school year was $24,488. This includes in- or out-of-state tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various charges. However, once financial aid has been applied, the average net price for all students falls to $8,445. How much you and your family will be expected to pay depends on the amount of financial aid you are eligible for and able to garner from scholarships and grants. Financial aid is often awarded based on a family’s annual income. Families who earned less than $30,000 in a recent year paid around $6,700, while families making more than $110,000 a year paid closer to $14,000.

As a freshman student, you may be among the 96% of students eligible for financial aid. In a recent year, about 93% of freshman students receive grant or scholarship assistance averaging $6,909 and 33% receive institutional grants or scholarships totaling $1,837 on average.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $8,445
Average Total Aid $6,909
Students Receiving Financial Aid 96%
Room & Board $10,600

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,488
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $14,352
  • Books and Supplies - $2,200
  • Room & Board - $10,600
  • Other - $4,200


The most popular degrees offered at Bluefield State University are health professions and related programs; liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities; engineering technology and engineering-related fields; business, management, marketing and related support services; and social sciences.

You may have the option to add an online class if you have time conflicts when you get into your semester, though it’s best to be aware of those before the semester starts so that you don’t risk falling behind. However, you will not have the option to add evening courses, since BSC doesn’t offer them.

If, at some point during your first year in school, you realize that you want to come back next fall, you’ll become a part of the retention rate that the school tracks. This is currently 56%, meaning that more than half of BSC students choose to return after their first year. This number is considered a good representation of how freshman students perceive the school and whether or not it offers a significant amount of support, majors, and other things that are desirable to students.

Another statistic that Bluefield State University maintains is the graduation rate. The 4-year graduation rate is 18% and the 6-year rate is 28%.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,241

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 48 Total Graduates / 26%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 28 Graduates
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 14 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 6 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 39 Total Graduates / 21%
General Studies 36 Graduates
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 3 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 30 Total Graduates / 16%
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 10 Graduates
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 7 Graduates
Engineering/Industrial Management 7 Graduates
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 7 Graduates
All Business Majors 22 Total Graduates / 12%
Accounting 11 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 11 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 10 Total Graduates / 5%
Social Sciences, General 10 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 19%

Outcome & Salary

Once you’ve graduated and begun a job, you should be able to earn a better salary than you would have expected before. Here’s a few numbers that show what graduates earn as compared to what a high school graduate earns. Bluefield State University graduate’s early career salaries are about $41,400 and their mid-career salaries are around $58,900.

Also, consider that most high school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792 and have a 10-year projected income of $387,920 and a 20-year projected income of $775,840.

A BSC graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential is $649,450 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,238,450. That’s a big difference.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $41,400
College Grads Average Salary $64,945
College Grads Mid Career Salary $58,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $649,450
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,238,450
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $33,780
10 Year Projected ROI $615,670
20 Year Projected ROI $1,204,670
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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