Bluefield State College, a four-year public undergraduate college located an hour and a half from Charleston, West Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia, prepares students for professions that will always be needed in all nations and the USA.

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1895 as an Historically Black College.

  • Total enrollment: 1,243 (Fall 2020)

  • International enrollment: 20+ from 20 countries

  • Top 5 degree programs enrolling international students:  Civil Engineering Technology • Electrical Engineering Technology • Mechanical Engineering Technology • Computer Science • Business Administration


Bluefield State College, a historically black four-year public undergraduate college located in Bluefield, is an hour and a half from Charleston, West Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia. Bluefield prepares students for professions that will always be needed in all nations and the USA within the private, public and non-government/not for profit sectors such as education and healthcare; manufacturing, infrastructure development and maintenance; economic development; high tech and information technology; behavioral health and safety, security, and corrections; governance and accountability, and human resources management.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Costs for 2020-21 Academic Year (Two Semesters)

  • Undergraduate tuition: $14,448

  • Room and Board (on campus with a double occupancy room): $9,400

  • Total: $23,848 – NOTE: International Students must demonstrate $27,000 per year in personal funding, including scholarships, to be approved for study at Bluefield State College.

International Financial Aid

No scholarships available for international students.

International Admissions Requirements

  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 64 (or completion of an ESL program)

  • IELTS: 6.0

  • Other: Visit the Bluefield website at for detailed application instructions.

Accreditation and Academic Rankings

Accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and 14 accredited degree programs by Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and, Association of College Business Schools and Programs.

English Language Program

The English for International Students ESL program, a pre-baccalaureate non-credit program for international students is now offered as a pathway into the College’s degree programs.

Housing and Meals

The college offers on-campus housing beginning in the fall of 2021.  

History of Bluefield State College

To serve the racially segregated public schools in the coal camps, progressive citizens of both races worked together to establish Bluefield Colored Institute, a “high graded school for Negroes,” in 1895. The institution thereafter evolved into a black teacher’s college, adopting formal teacher training in 1909 and was renamed “Bluefield State Teachers College” in 1931. The name “Bluefield State College” was adopted in 1943, reflecting a growth in the number and diversity of the institution’s academic programs.

Bluefield State College was integrated after 1954. By the 1960s, the College had a comprehensive four year program of teacher education, arts and sciences, and engineering technology. Gradually, a variety of two year technical programs evolved in response to local needs.

Bluefield State College has emerged as a four year state supported college with a primary academic emphasis in professional and technical programs. The liberal arts offerings of the College are designed to enhance its unique mission


Phone: (304) 327-4000  |  Located: 219 Rock St., Bluefield, WV 24701  |  E-Mail:

International Admissions Contact

Jennifer Johnson, Admissions Counselor
Phone: +1(304)327-4066

Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi, Coordinator
of Office of International Initiatives
Phone: +1(304)327-4036

Address: 219 Rock St., Bluefield, West Virginia 24701


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