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Bluefield State College

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About Bluefield State College

Mission Statement
The mission of Bluefield State College is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An 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 strong student support services in a nurturing environment.

Vision Statement
Bluefield State College is committed to being the region's leading institution of higher education.  Embracing the diversity that shapes our world, the College strives to assist students from all walks of life to achieve their personal and professional goals.  Using the expertise of faculty and staff, along with 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 Institution and its graduates to make important 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 members of the community.  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.

Core Values

  • Excellence - We value and are dedicated to excellence in our faculty, staff, and students, programmatic offerings, support services, research, and service to our world.
  • Community - We value and are dedicated to the development and enhancement of a sense of community, mutual respect, and collaboration among our faculty, staff, students and the greater community we serve.
  • Diversity - We value and are dedicated to the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students, programmatic offerings, and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Growth - We value and are dedicated to the intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural growth of our faculty, staff, and students and to providing those opportunities for growth and continuous improvement throughout our community.

Campus information

Bluefield Campus
Bluefield State College’s main campus is located adjacent to U.S. Route 52 in Bluefield, West Virginia. All degree programs are offered at this site with a traditional day schedule and a night schedule for working adults. The administrative service and supervisory units of the College are headquartered there, as are the computer center, instructional technology center and television production center. 

Beckley Campus
Bluefield State College offers associate degrees and courses toward baccalaureate degrees in the Beckley area at the new Erma Byrd Higher Education Center. The Associate of Science Degree is offered in Nursing and Radiologic Technology. Courses applicable to the Bachelor of Science are offered in Criminal Justice Administration, Business Administration, Teacher Education, and in the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Degrees. For information regarding the competitive admission process to the Nursing and Radiologic Technology Programs, contact the Admissions Office on the Bluefield Campus.

Greenbrier Center
The Greenbrier Center is located on the Greenbrier Valley Campus of New River Community and Technical College, enabling the two Institutions to meet the growing education needs of people in the Greenbrier Valley.

Courses offered by Bluefield State at the Greenbrier Valley Campus are applicable to requirements of many of the College’s degree programs, and are available, primarily, via the Internet and/or the interactive television network (IVN), in conjunction with the Bluefield Campus programs. Courses for other baccalaureate degree programs, such as Criminal Justice Administration, Early/Middle Education, and the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA), may be taken at the Center. 

Wyoming County - Saulsville
Bluefield State College has entered into an agreement with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College to offer upper division courses leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration. The addition of other degree programs is currently be explored.

Located at Bluefield, West Virginia, United States.


When Bluefield State’s campus-based student housing program ended in the 1960s, a number of area landlords stepped-in to make houses, apartments, mobile homes and single rooms available to BSC students. The demand for alternative, off-campus housing has grown over the years, to the point that College officials have recognized the need to make available to students contact information for landlords who have provided assurances that their rental properties meet accepted environmental, safety and security standards, and have requested to be listed on the BSC website. Contact information for area landlords who have provided such assurances is reflected below. Current and prospective BSC students who are searching for housing are encouraged to contact landlords through the information provided.

Students are urged to make arrangements for a tour of prospective rental properties, and to ask pertinent questions, prior to signing rental or lease agreements. (Note: Some participating landlords provide statements of assurances for selected properties only. Prospective student renters/lessees are encouraged to request that Property Managers show them only those properties covered by the statement of assurance.) The College assumes no responsibility, other than to list contact information for landlords who have provided the assurances referenced above. The contact listings are not presented in any prioritized order, other than the sequence in which the assurance statements were received by the College.

This link is updated on a continuing basis as appropriate information is received from additional landlords.

The BSC Offices of Student Life coordinate the Program of Alternative, Off-campus Housing for Students; Ms. Joan Buchanan, Coordinator of Student Activities, is the Student Life staff member assigned to oversee the Student Housing Program. She may be reached at or at 304-327-4186.


Courses available 10

Computer Science, IT 1 Engineering 4 Health and Medicine 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Law 1


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