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.


Students admitted to the program will receive 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.


Incoming students are eligible to apply if they have earned a minimum GPA of  3.25 (on a 4.00 scale). Students who are currently enrolled at Bluefield State University will be eligible; however, Regents Bachelors of Arts students and any students who have earned more than 30 hours of college credit 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. For admission to the program, the applicant must score an  S.A.T. ERW score of 480 and Reading score of 23; an A.C.T. score of 18 for English main and a score of 17 in Reading; or an Accuplacer score of 250 Writing and 252 Reading. You may submit this application without test scores, but your final admission requires certified equivalent test scores submitted to the Office of Admissions. You may request an Accuplacer testing session by contacting the Counseling and Advising Center at (304) 327-4444.

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 April 1st. Please note that incomplete applications either to Bluefield State University or the Honors University will result in a denial of admission:

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.