Bluefield University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$27,600
2.03% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$22,904
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.48%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
63%
984 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
991
90.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
31.5%
56 Graduates

About

Bluefield University is a higher education institution located in Tazewell County, VA. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Bluefield University were General Biomedical Sciences (84 degrees awarded), Organizational Leadership (16 degrees), and Family Practice Nurse (14 degrees).

In 2022, 327 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bluefield University. 62.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (197 degrees), 6.16 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (32 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluefield University is $27,600, which is $−730 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Bluefield University is $27,600, which is $−730 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,904.

In 2022, 84% of undergraduate students attending Bluefield University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 64% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$27,600
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Bluefield University was $27,600. The cost of tuition at Bluefield University is $−730 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$22,904
2022 Value
22.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Bluefield University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,904. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Bluefield University grew by 22.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,518
Room and Board
$440
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bluefield University was of $9,518 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 6.01% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $440. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

84%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
64%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Bluefield University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2021, when 84% 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.
3.48%
2019 Default Rate
15
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Bluefield University was 3.48%, which represents 15 out of the 431 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 University received 984 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 23% annual growth. Out of those 984 applicants, 620 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 63% acceptance rate.

There were 991 students enrolled at Bluefield University in 2022.

Bluefield University has an overall enrollment yield of 24%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

63%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
620
Accepted Out of 984

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bluefield University was 63% (620 admissions from 984 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 72.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 23%, while admissions grew by 7.27%..

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Enrollment

Bluefield University had a total enrollment of 991 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Bluefield University is 897 students and the part-time enrollment is 94. This means that 90.5% of students enrolled at Bluefield University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bluefield University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.2% White, 17% Black or African American, 4.54% Asian, 4.04% Hispanic or Latino, 2.02% Two or More Races, and 0.505% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bluefield University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (31.8%), followed by White Male (27.8%) and Black or African American Male (15%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (41%), followed by White Male (13.3%) and Asian Female (9.23%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bluefield University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 991 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluefield University is 897 and the part-time enrollment is 94. This means that 90.5% of students enrolled at Bluefield University are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

58%
2022 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 University was 58%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Bluefield University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    577 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    168 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    45 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Bluefield University is 58.2% White, 17% Black or African American, 4.54% Asian, 4.04% Hispanic or Latino, 2.02% Two or More Races, and 0.505% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

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, 122 students (12.3%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 79 more women than men received degrees from Bluefield University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bluefield University is white (197 degrees awarded). There were 6.16 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (32 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Bluefield University is General Biomedical Sciences (84 degrees awarded), followed by Organizational Leadership (16 degrees) and Family Practice Nurse (14 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Bluefield University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Biology (95 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (26 degrees), and Protective Services (29 degrees).

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 University are Physicians (405,932 people), Other managers (196,745 people), Social workers, all other (184,004 people), Police officers (147,253 people), and Postsecondary teachers (142,536 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluefield University in 2022 are Biology (95 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (26 degrees), Protective Services (29 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (12 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 University are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at Bluefield University are Biology (95 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (26 degrees), Protective Services (29 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (12 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (574,263 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (377,962 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (369,066 people), Elementary & secondary schools (366,162 people), and Offices of physicians (212,180 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluefield University are Biology (95 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (26 degrees), Protective Services (29 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (12 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bluefield University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 34 degrees awarded
  2. 28 degrees awarded
  3. 26 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bluefield University was General Business Administration & Management with 34 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

124
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
203
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 124 degrees were awarded to men at Bluefield University, which is 0.611 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (203).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 35 degrees were awarded to men at Bluefield University in General Biomedical Sciences, which is 0.714 times less than the 49 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 49 degrees were awarded to men at Bluefield University in General Biomedical Sciences, which is 1.4 times more than the 35 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

22%
100% Completion Time
36%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 22% of students graduating from Bluefield University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 36% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 37% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Bluefield University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 5.36% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    197 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    32 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    18 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bluefield University is white (197 degrees awarded). There were 6.16 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (32 degrees).

15.9% of degree recipients (52 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    131 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    66 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    16 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bluefield University is white female (131 degrees awarded). There were 1.98 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (66 degrees).

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Operations

Bluefield University has an endowment valued at nearly $6.71M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−11%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Bluefield University had a total salary expenditure of 21M. Bluefield University employs 25 Assistant professors, 7 Professors and 7 Associate professors. Most academics at Bluefield University are Male Assistant professor (13), Female Assistant professor (12), and Male Professor (4).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluefield University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 39 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 26 employees, and Management with 7 employees.

Endowment

$6.71M
2022 Endowment
12.7%
decline from 2021

Bluefield University has an endowment valued at about $6.71M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Bluefield University declined 12.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $42.6M 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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Salary Expenditure

$8.67M
2022 Salaries
4.55%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Bluefield University paid a median of $8.67M in salaries, which represents 41.2% of their overall expenditure ($21M) and a 4.55% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.24M
Instructional Salaries
39
Number of Employees

In 2022, Bluefield University paid a total of $2.24M to 39 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
25 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
39 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bluefield University were Assistant professor with 25 employees, Professor with 7 employees, and Associate professor with 7 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluefield University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 39 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 26 employees, and Management with 7 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Assistant professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bluefield University was Male Assistant professor with 13 employees, Female Assistant professor with 12 employees, and Male Professor with 4 employees.

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

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