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Do you want to enjoy small classes, close faculty mentorship, a full-tuition scholarship, and opportunities for enhanced learning that go beyond the classroom? If so, apply today to the Bluefield State Honors College!

Q: What are the advantages of becoming a Bluefield State Honors College Scholar?

A: The Honors College offers an exciting opportunity for dedicated students interested in a more advanced level of academic engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Students will be part of a more rigorous living-learning environment complemented by an augmented academic curriculum, making them more prepared and competitive in their future graduate studies and careers. Students admitted to the program will receive on-campus housing and meal plans, as well as last-dollar scholarships (valued at the total cost of attendance minus Expected Family Contribution and financial aid), covering remaining costs for books, tuition, and fees. Finally, students who have successfully completed the Honors College will receive honorific designation on their transcript and diploma, as well as acknowledgement at commencement.

Q: What are the requirements to become an Honors Scholar at Bluefield State College? 

A: The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • have earned minimum grade point average of a 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale) upon both application and entry to the program;
  • have a score of 25 on the ACT composite test or a 1250 combined score on the SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics tests;
  • complete the application process for both Bluefield State College and the Honors College.

Q: What is the typical profile of an Honors Scholar.

A: Successful Honors Scholars must have earned high grades in high school and have demonstrated clear evidence of intellectual originality, academic engagement, leadership, or service, as well as co- and extra-curricular involvement. The Honors College is an intensive program, designed to allow students to enhance their analytical abilities, leadership, and professional skills while gaining valuable knowledge and experience beyond the classroom.  

Q: If I meet these minimum criteria, am I guaranteed admission to the Honors College?

A: No. Satisfying these criteria does not guarantee acceptance into Bluefield State College or the Honors College. Admission to the Bluefield State Honors College is highly competitive, and enrollment is limited. Meeting the general criteria discussed above means that you are eligible for consideration.  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. 

Q: If I am accepted to the Bluefield State Honors College will I get a scholarship?

A: Students admitted as Honors Scholars will receive on-campus housing and meal plans funded by last-dollar scholarships which will fund remaining costs for books, tuition, and fees. 

Q: Where do the students live?

A: The Honors College community will stay in cottages located directly on campus, giving them access to all campus resources. Admission to the Honors College does not require campus residence.

Q: What exactly is the difference between an Honors Scholar student and a non-Honors Scholar student?

A: The level of rigor in the Honors College is higher and the intensity of work greater. Students are required to take writing intensive Honors Seminars as well as enhanced courses throughout their curriculum. Honors core courses are considered enhanced curricula. The nature and type of enhancement for each course will be determined in consultation with the instructor of the course. Six honors-enhanced credits must be completed per year, and a total of 24 enhanced credits must be completed for graduation with honors. Students must successfully complete all enhanced-curriculum courses with a minimum grade of B to receive honors credit. Students must maintain a 3.25 average GPA on a 4.0 scale to remain in the program.

Q: How do I apply to Bluefield State Honors College?

A: To apply to the Bluefield State Honors College, please complete the Honors College Admission Application at https://bluefieldstate.edu/honors/application-honors-college

Q: What are the application deadlines?

A: The priority deadline to submit your application for admission to the Honors College is January 31 for the following fall semester. Applications submitted after this date cannot be guaranteed consideration.