Bluefield State College

Bluefield, WV 24701
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Bluefield State College is one of the thirteen public 4-year colleges in West Virginia. The campus is located in Bluefield town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,379 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 222 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 144 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 65%). Every year 21% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students1,379
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate65%

Nursing Programs

The Bluefield State College School of Nursing offers a range of qualifications in Nursing. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Nursing school accepts students once a year on a limited admissions basis in line with the requirements of accreditation.

Applications for admission in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program in the fall semester are accepted between the 1st of September to the 15th of December and the file must be completed by the 31st of January of the year of admission.

Applications for the BSN program are accepted from the 1st of September and the 1st of March. 

Program requirements for students accepted into the program:

  • All students entering the nursing program are required to present documentation of a physical examination and health screening required for clinical practice (including screening for TB)
  • Current immunization records
  • Present proof of health insurance
  • All students accepted into the program are required to submit to a criminal background check
  • Students need to have current CPR certification

Students are expected to take responsibility for transportation between the college and healthcare facilities at which clinical practice will be offered.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 9 46
Bachelor's degree 1 8

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1951 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1978 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/14/1997 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT960 to 1090
ACT17 to 21
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$279/credit
In State Students$279/credit
Out of State Students$541/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $12,555 $12,555 $24,345
ADN 70 $19,530 $19,530 $37,870
BSN 125 $34,875 $34,875 $67,625
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of Bluefield State College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 56% $4,697
Other Federal Grant 7% $1,234
State Grant & Scholarships 69% $3,524
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 38% $1,109
Federal Student Loans 43% $6,068
Private Loans 2% $9,561


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,186
$30,001 to $48,000$9,471
$48,001 to $75,000$11,092
$75,001 to $110,000$13,069
Over $110,000$13,136

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Reviews (1)

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  • March 26, 2020

Program: ASN

In my opinion the ASN program is dreadful! Most of the teachers treat the first year students with seeming disdain. The first day of class we were literally told by one of the faculty that "I don't care if you study or not. I've already passed the class." The whole school is disorganized to say the least and the ASN program is its pinnacle. From changing the schedule without notice multiple times to last minute "surprise" clinicals that are mandatory and give you NO time to arrange for childcare or work arrangements! The majority of instructors merely read from the powerpoints or give endless personal stories to make themselves seem important but are only loosely related to the material we are studying and waste instruction time. The elevated level of intimidation is comparable to the low level of instruction, and it feels like you have to fight the instructors to learn the material. Then there are the terribly written tests. They tell you that the questions are written to prepare you for NCLEX. Then you have to take a class in 4th semester to prepare you for the NCLEX and you find out that for three semesters the questions you had were NOT even close to NCLEX style and you have to take a course to prepare you for the NCLEX! Instructors are largely dictators of their classes and change rules and procedures to suit their egos. For example, you are SUPPOSED to be able to challenge a question you get wrong, and if you can show from the book that your answer is correct, they are supposed to give you credit. How it is in reality: You are given the form and an instructor watches while you search because of "test security" so you don't copy the question, and you have a VERY limited amount of time. This becomes an issue because there is a HUGE amount of material covered for each test (one had 22 chapters and 400 pages! That is correct). And when you find it, the instructor decides whether she wants to give you credit. I have personally witnessed a student prove their answer was correct and the instructor refused to give them credit! And if you protest and go over their head, you might as well put a bullseye on your back because you have signed your ticket to be dismissed.

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing.
Bluefield State College
219 Rock St
Bluefield, WV 24701

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