Bluefield State College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,488
6.12% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$8,445
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
18%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
94.5%
470 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
1,241
76.6% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
29.4%
48 Graduates

About

Bluefield State College is a higher education institution located in Mercer County, WV. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Bluefield State College were General Studies (36 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (28 degrees), and Radiographer (14 degrees).

In 2019, 286 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bluefield State College. 61.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (262 degrees), 16.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (16 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluefield State College is $7,488, which is $−19,792 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluefield State College is $7,488, which is $−19,792 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,445.

In 2019, 77% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,488
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Bluefield State College was $7,488. The cost of tuition at Bluefield State College is $−19,792 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$8,445
2019 Value
12.2%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Bluefield State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,445. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Bluefield State College grew by 12.2%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,300
Room and Board
$2,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bluefield State College was of $10,300 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

77%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

77% of undergraduate students at Bluefield State College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.28% with respect to 2018, when 78% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
18%
2017 Default Rate
85
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Bluefield State College was 18%, which represents 85 out of the 473 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Bluefield State College received 470 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 22.2% annual decline. Out of those 470 applicants, 444 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.5% acceptance rate.

There were 1,241 students enrolled at Bluefield State College in 2019, and 62% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bluefield State College has an overall enrollment yield of 45%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
444
Accepted Out of 470

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bluefield State College was 94.5% (444 admissions from 470 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 94.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −22.2%, while admissions declined by −22.2%.

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SAT Scores

62%
Submission Percentage
107
Scores Submitted

62% of enrolled first-time students at Bluefield State College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bluefield State College has a total enrollment of 1,241 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluefield State College is 950 students and the part-time enrollment is 291. This means that 76.6% of students enrolled at Bluefield State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bluefield State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 84% White, 10.3% Black or African American, 3.06% Two or More Races, 1.37% Hispanic or Latino, 0.242% Asian, 0.0806% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Bluefield State College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.1%), followed by White Male (27.4%) and Black or African American Male (5.68%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bluefield State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,241 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluefield State College is 950 and the part-time enrollment is 291. This means that 76.6% of students enrolled at Bluefield State College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

56%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Bluefield State College was 56%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Bluefield State College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,043
  2. Black or African American
    128
  3. Two or More Races
    38

The enrolled student population at Bluefield State College is 84% White, 10.3% Black or African American, 3.06% Two or More Races, 1.37% Hispanic or Latino, 0.242% Asian, 0.0806% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5 students (0.403%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 68 more women than men received degrees from Bluefield State College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bluefield State College is white (262 degrees awarded). There were 16.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (16 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bluefield State College is General Studies (36 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (28 degrees) and Radiographer (14 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Bluefield State College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (57 degrees awarded), Health (124 degrees), and Protective Services (13 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Registered nurses (1,416,487 people), Other managers (184,272 people), Medical & health services managers (162,972 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (149,600 people), and Police officers (145,771 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Engineering Technologies (57 degrees awarded), Health (124 degrees), Protective Services (13 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (39 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (6 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Dentists, Surgeons, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Engineering Technologies (57 degrees awarded), Health (124 degrees), Protective Services (13 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (39 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (6 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,568,660 people), Elementary & secondary schools (435,153 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (380,944 people), Outpatient care centers (264,056 people), and Offices of physicians (249,523 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Engineering Technologies (57 degrees awarded), Health (124 degrees), Protective Services (13 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (39 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (6 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bluefield State College.
Most Common
  1. 36 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 28 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 14 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bluefield State College was General Studies with 36 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

109
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
177
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 109 degrees were awarded to men at Bluefield State College, which is 0.616 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (177).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 22 degrees were awarded to men at Bluefield State College in Electrical, Electronic, & Communications Engineering Technology, which is Infinityk times more than the 0 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 79 degrees were awarded to women at Bluefield State College in Registered Nursing, which is 7.9 times more than the 10 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%
100% Completion Time
20%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 11% of students graduating from Bluefield State College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 20% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 28% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Male
Highest Graduation Rate (31.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bluefield State College is Male and White (31.8% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.08% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    262 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    16 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    4 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bluefield State College is white (262 degrees awarded). There were 16.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (16 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    163 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    99 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    9 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Bluefield State College is white female (163 degrees awarded). There were 1.65 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (99 degrees).

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Operations

Bluefield State College has an endowment valued at nearly $3.51M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $51k (1.45%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Bluefield State College had a total salary expenditure of $22.3M. Bluefield State College employs 22 Assistant professors, 20 Associate professors, and 18 Professors. Most academics at Bluefield State College are Female Assistant professors (14), Male Associate professors(13), and Male Professors (12).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluefield State College are: Management, with 25 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 19 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 9 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.51M
2019 Endowment
82.4%
growth from 2018

Bluefield State College has an endowment valued at about $3.51M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Bluefield State College grew 82.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $37.2M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.76M - Federal
  2. $1.6M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Bluefield State College received $4.76M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.6M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$10.9M
2019 Salaries
4.73%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Bluefield State College paid a median of $10.9M in salaries, which represents 48.8% of their overall expenditure ($22.3M) and a 4.73% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.62% decline from 2017 and a 1.58% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.3M
Instructional Salaries
70
Number of Employees

In 2019, Bluefield State College paid a total of $4.3M to 70 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
22 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
25 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bluefield State College were Assistant professor with 22 employees; Associate professor with 20 employees; and Associate professor with 18 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluefield State College were Management with 25 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 19 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 9 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bluefield State College was Female Assistant professor with 14 employees, Male Associate professor with 13 employees, and Male Professor with 12 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Bluefield State College.

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