Bluefield State College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,488
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$11,451
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
11.4%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
90%
792 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,243
76.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
35.7%
46 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 (35 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (25 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (18 degrees).

In 2020, 310 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bluefield State College. 61% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (279 degrees), 16.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (17 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluefield State College is $7,488, which is $−20,912 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluefield State College is $7,488, which is $−20,912 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,451.

In 2020, 78% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,488
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Bluefield State College was $7,488. The cost of tuition at Bluefield State College is $−20,912 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$11,451
2020 Value
35.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Bluefield State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,451. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Bluefield State College grew by 35.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,600
Room and Board
$2,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bluefield State College was of $10,600 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.91% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 10% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
50%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Bluefield State College received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.3% with respect to 2019, when 77% 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.
11.4%
2018 Default Rate
49
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Bluefield State College was 11.4%, which represents 49 out of the 429 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 792 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 68.5% annual growth. Out of those 792 applicants, 713 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90% acceptance rate.

There were 1,243 students enrolled at Bluefield State College in 2020, and 62% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bluefield State College has an overall enrollment yield of 30.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
713
Accepted Out of 792

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bluefield State College was 90% (713 admissions from 792 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 94.5%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 68.5%, while admissions grew by 60.6%.

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SAT Scores

62%
Submission Percentage
134
Scores Submitted

62% of enrolled first-time students at Bluefield State College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bluefield State College has a total enrollment of 1,243 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluefield State College is 949 students and the part-time enrollment is 294. This means that 76.3% of students enrolled at Bluefield State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bluefield State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 84.2% White, 9.57% Black or African American, 3.54% Two or More Races, 1.45% Hispanic or Latino, 0.241% Asian, 0.161% 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 (54.8%), followed by White Male (27.6%) and Black or African American Female (5.37%). 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

76.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bluefield State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,243 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluefield State College is 949 and the part-time enrollment is 294. This means that 76.3% of students enrolled at Bluefield State College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2020 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 60%. 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
    1,046
  2. Black or African American
    119
  3. Two or More Races
    44

The enrolled student population at Bluefield State College is 84.2% White, 9.57% Black or African American, 3.54% Two or More Races, 1.45% Hispanic or Latino, 0.241% Asian, 0.161% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% 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, 7 students (0.563%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 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 (279 degrees awarded). There were 16.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (17 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bluefield State College is General Studies (35 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (25 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (18 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 (73 degrees awarded), Health (130 degrees), and Protective Services (11 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,520,390 people), Registered nurses (1,421,235 people), Secondary school teachers (495,500 people), Education administrators (272,671 people), and Special education teachers (217,867 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Engineering Technologies (73 degrees awarded), Health (130 degrees), Protective Services (11 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (37 degrees), and Education (18 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 Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Engineering Technologies (73 degrees awarded), Health (130 degrees), Protective Services (11 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (37 degrees), and Education (18 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Elementary & secondary schools (2,920,492 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,565,592 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (402,204 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (357,549 people), and Outpatient care centers (274,083 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluefield State College are Engineering Technologies (73 degrees awarded), Health (130 degrees), Protective Services (11 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (37 degrees), and Education (18 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. 35 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 25 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 18 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bluefield State College was General Studies with 35 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

121
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
189
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 121 degrees were awarded to men at Bluefield State College, which is 0.64 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (189).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 28 degrees were awarded to men at Bluefield State College in Electrical, Electronic, & Communications Engineering Technology, which is 14 times more than the 2 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 83 degrees were awarded to women at Bluefield State College in Registered Nursing, which is 5.93 times more than the 14 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%
100% Completion Time
29%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 14% of students graduating from Bluefield State College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 29% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 36% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bluefield State College is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    279 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    17 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bluefield State College is white (279 degrees awarded). There were 16.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (17 degrees).

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    169 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    110 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    11 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bluefield State College is white female (169 degrees awarded). There were 1.54 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (110 degrees).

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Operations

Bluefield State College has an endowment valued at nearly $3.44M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $45.4k (1.32%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Bluefield State College had a total salary expenditure of $20.1M. Bluefield State College employs 18 Associate professors, 17 Professors, and 17 Assistant professors. Most academics at Bluefield State College are Male Professors (14), Female Assistant professors(12), and Male Associate professors (10).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluefield State College are: Management, with 29 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 18 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 10 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.44M
2020 Endowment
2.02%
decline from 2019

Bluefield State College has an endowment valued at about $3.44M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Bluefield State College declined 2.02% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $36.4M 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. $3.77M - Federal
  2. $1.71M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Bluefield State College received $3.77M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.71M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$10M
2020 Salaries
7.8%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Bluefield State College paid a median of $10M in salaries, which represents 50% of their overall expenditure ($20.1M) and a 7.8% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.73% growth from 2018 and a 2.62% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.62M
Instructional Salaries
63
Number of Employees

In 2020, Bluefield State College paid a total of $3.62M to 63 employees working as instructors, which represents 36% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
18 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
29 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bluefield State College were Associate professor with 18 employees; Professor with 17 employees; and Professor with 17 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluefield State College were Management with 29 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 18 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 10 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bluefield State College was Male Professor with 14 employees, Female Assistant professor with 12 employees, and Male Associate professor with 10 employees.

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

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