Admissions FAQs

Do I need to schedule a campus tour? How do I do that?

While campus tours aren’t required, they’re the best way to experience the school culture, get questions answered, begin to chart your academic course and see the beauty of mountainous Bluefield. To arrange a visit, please contact the Admissions Office at 304-327-4507 or email bscadmit@bluefieldstate.edu.

When do I need to submit my application by?

For all students except those applying to the school of Nursing & Allied Health, applications for fall enrollment are due by August 5, and for spring, by TBD. For Nursing & Allied Health, applications for fall enrollment are due by December 15, and for spring, by TBD.

When do I need to have my file complete?

It is best to have your file completed by February for enrollment the following fall, so that your ACT/SAT scores are on file and you can be considered for an in-house academic scholarship.

How do I apply to take online classes?

Whether you want to take classes in-person or online, you will need to fill out a general application. Your advisor, or someone on staff at the Counseling and Advising Center, can help orient you to online coursework and guide you through the process.

Does Bluefield State offer student housing?

While we don’t offer on-campus housing, we’re happy to provide you with a list of approved local options, including MountainView, a student residence and conference center three miles from campus with dormitory-style amenities. Visit their Facebook page for additional information.

What are the annual tuition costs?

Tuition costs are subject to change. To view current rates for all student types, please click here

What high school requirements are necessary to apply to Nursing & Allied Health?

For the Accelerated LPN to RN program, you will need to have an overall high school or college GPA of 2.8 or higher (or a score of 45 on each of the GED exams) and also have completed one chemistry course with a C or better (either during high school or while enrolled at BSC or another accredited institution).

For the A.S. in Radiologic Technology program, you will need to have an overall high school GPA of 2.5 or higher (or a score of 40 on each of the individual GED tests, with an average score of 45). You’ll also need to have received a C or better in one unit of the following high school courses—biology, algebra, and chemistry or physics—and be eligible to enter MATH 109 by the fall semester of your first year (by having a minimum ACT math score of 19).

For the A.S. in Nursing program, you will need to have an overall high school GPA of 2.8 or better, or a score of 45 on each of the GED exams, as well as have received a C or better in one unit of high school biology, chemistry and algebra. You will also need to have received an ACT math score of 19 or higher, or be eligible to enter Math 101 by the fall semester of your first year in the program.

The other two programs offered by the Nursing & Allied Health school, B.S. in Nursing and B.S. in Imaging Science, both build on diploma or associate’s degrees rather than direct high school studies.

How does the PROMISE scholarship work?

Most questions about the West Virginia PROMISE scholarship (a merit-based program for WV residents, awarding as much as $4,750/year to high school graduates) are answered by the College Foundation of West Virginia, specifically here, where you’ll find information about PROMISE deadlines and eligibility. 

Specific questions about how the scholarship applies to your tuition can best be answered by the Office of Financial Aid (304-327-4020).

When will I know about the outcome of my financial aid application?

It could take anywhere from two to three weeks or longer to get a decision, depending on when you apply. West Virginia’s FAFSA deadline is April 15 (for aid the following year) and any applications received after that are handled on a rolling basis. Once you’ve applied, BSC will help process your FAFSA, send you a tracking letter requesting any missing documents, and then send you a decision letter. Receiving a decision is contingent upon Bluefield State receiving all of the needed documents.