Bluefield State College, located in Bluefield, West Virginia, is a public institution with a significant history that dates back to its founding in 1895. Established as Bluefield Colored Institute, the college was originally one of the few higher education options for African-Americans in the region during the era of segregation.
Over the years, it has evolved into a comprehensive institution, embracing a diverse student body while maintaining its historical significance as an HBCU. Today, Bluefield State College enrolls approximately 1,306 students and offers a wide range of academic programs, including certificates, Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master’s degrees.
The college's motto, "Making Education Possible," reflects its enduring commitment to providing accessible and quality education. Bluefield State is particularly known for its strong programs in Nursing, Business Administration, Engineering Technology, and Education. The campus, set in a city environment, offers campus housing, contributing to a supportive and engaging educational experience. The college's spirit is proudly represented by its mascot, Big Blue, and its colors, royal blue and gold.
In athletics, Bluefield State College competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its athletic teams known as the Big Blues. Bluefield State College continues to be a vital educational institution, upholding its legacy of inclusivity and academic excellence in West Virginia.
NCAA Division II - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
Team Name: Big Blues