The Bluefield State Honors College offers an exciting opportunity for high achieving students interested in an advanced level of academic engagement both inside and outside the classroom, making them more prepared and competitive in their future graduate studies and careers.

Benefits

Students admitted to the program will receive on-campus housing and meal plans,  last-dollar scholarships (in which official Expected Family Contribution and financial aid packages totals are less than the total cost of attendance) covering remaining costs for books, tuition, and fees. All scholarships will be contingent upon meritorious academic performance during the year of the award (sustaining a 3.25 GPA), and successful completion of augmented curriculum courses.  Participants will benefit from an enhanced curricula and close mentorship from faculty in honors courses and senior research projects. They will also have opportunities to enrich their learning experience beyond the classroom.  Students who have successfully completed the program will receive honorific designation on their transcript and diploma, as well as acknowledgement at commencement.

Eligibility

Incoming students are eligible for admission if they have earned a minimum GPA of  3.25 (on a 4.00 scale) and  25 on the ACT composite test or 1250 combined score on the SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics tests. Students who are currently enrolled at Bluefield State College will be eligible; however, Regents Bachelors of Arts students and students who have earned more than 30 hours of credit toward graduation from Bluefield State are not eligible for entrance into the program.  For reasons of curricular standards and accreditation, students planning to major in degree programs within the School of Nursing and Allied Health are not eligible.

Honors Curriculum

Although there will be variations by discipline, instructor, and class, honors-enhanced courses should provide students with the opportunity for an enriched academic experience, i.e. creative and active learning that augments the honors student’s depth of engagement of course content. View the program requirements

Honors College Application Process

All of the following must be completed by the applicant before the required deadline of January 31st. Please note that incomplete applications either to Bluefield State College or the Honors College will result in a denial of admission:

  • Complete the Bluefield State College Application
  • Complete the Honors College Admission Application
  • Complete the Honors College Admission Essay
  • Have two references submit confidential letters of recommendation to honorsrec@bluefieldstate.edu. At least one reference must be the applicant’s teacher, professor, academic advisor, or academic guidance counselor. Letters from friends,  family members, and personal acquaintances will not be accepted
  • Schedule an interview with the Honors College Director
     

Nota Bene: Only four-year baccalaureate programs in the School of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, and the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business are eligible for application to the program. Students who change their major to a program that does not allow for honors courses (i.e. Nursing) will be required to withdraw from the program.

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial by email. Students accepted to the program will receive a letter of welcome and be contacted personally by the Honors College Director or the Director of Admissions/Chief Enrollment officer.