Bluefield College Welcome High School Students

Area high school students are invited to attend Spring Open House on the
campus of Bluefield College, Saturday, March 17.

Registration for Open House will begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 17 and will
be followed by a Majors and Student Activities Fair highlighting the various
BC academic divisions and student organizations and activities on campus.

Following a brief welcome session, prospective students can take part in
College 101 Sessions — sections of actual sample BC classes from the
general studies area designed to expose prospective students to the benefits
of a liberal arts education. Open House will also include financial aid
workshops for parents, family conferences, lunch and campus tours.

“Prospective students will have the opportunity to talk to members of
the Bluefield College faculty to learn more about their preferred major,”
said Tim Havens, director of admissions, “and they will also get the chance
to spend time with current Bluefield students to find out what it’s really
like to attend a Christian college.”

BC officials say they are excited about the trends they are seeing with
prospective college students and incoming freshmen, particularly the types
of students being attracted to Bluefield College and the reasons why
incoming freshmen say they are choosing BC.

One of the more exciting trends is the increase in the quality of
students choosing to attend the college. According to Havens, SAT scores of
incoming freshmen are on the rise, and prospective students say they are
choosing BC because of its Christian emphasis.

“The biggest indication that we are recruiting students that fall in
line with our mission is that 77 percent of the fall 2000 freshmen class say
they chose BC because it is a Christian college,” Havens said. “That leads
us to believe that high school graduates are choosing Bluefield College
because of the type of institution it is.”

In addition, the college is enjoying a promising shift in the
demographics of its freshman class. What once was considered a local
community college is now being seen as a viable four-year option for
prospective students from across the state and the region. In fact, nine
states were represented in the fall 2000 freshman class, and more than 60
percent of those freshmen chose to live on campus in residence halls.

“Students are no longer choosing Bluefield College just because it’s
close to home,” Havens said. “They’re choosing Bluefield primarily because
we’re a Christian college, but for a variety of other reasons. And, they’re
coming from greater distances to attend the school.”

For more information or to register for BC’s Spring Open House, please
call the Office of Admissions at 540-326-4214 or 800-872-0175.

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