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Bluefield College
Established 1922
Type Private
President David W. Olive
Students 793
Location Bluefield, VA, U.S.
Mascot Ram
Athletics Appalachian Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Affiliations Appalachian College Association, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Website bluefield.edu

Bluefield College is a small Christian liberal arts college in Bluefield, Virginia, in Tazewell County, Virginia. It offers 22 majors, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 82-acre (330,000 m2) campus is about 150 ft (46 m) from the state line between Virginia and West Virginia.

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History

Bluefield College was founded in 1922 by the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), after residents of Bluefield offered to donate land and start-up funds.[1] R.A. Landsdell became the first president in 1920, and the current administration building is named Landsdell Hall in his honor. At its founding, Bluefield was a two-year junior college. Future Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash took mathematics courses at the relatively new college while in high school. In his autobiography for the Nobel Foundation, he writes

I should mention that during my last year in the Bluefield schools that my parents had arranged for me to take supplementary math. courses at Bluefield College, which was then a 2-year institution operated by Southern Baptists. I didn't get official advanced standing at Carnegie because of my extra studies but I had advanced knowledge and ability and didn't need to learn much from the first math. courses at Carnegie.[2]

Under Charles L. Harman, president from 1946-1971, the college built Easley Library, the dormitory Rish Hall, Harman Chapel, and a geodesic dome as the gymnasium.[1]

In 1975, Bluefield reinvented itself as a four-year college, and during the 1989-1996 presidency of Roy A. Dobyns, student enrollment doubled to more than 800 students. In 1998, under the leadership of President Daniel G. MacMillan, the college cut tuition by over 20% and refocused its student recruitment on the local area.[1]

In 2007, the current president, David W. Olive, was inaugurated[3]. Shortly thereafter, the college raised tuition by about 20%[4], and announced a new strategic plan.

Degree Completion Program

Bluefield College has regional offices for its adult undergraduate degree completion programs in Roanoke, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia. Three majors are offered through this program.

Athletics

Participation in sports is popular at Bluefield, and in intercollegiate athletics, the college has six men's and six women's teams. Bluefield Basketball has been nationally ranked in 2007 and 2008, beginning the preseason poll at No. 15 Nationally. Bluefield, at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season was ranked 7th, with an undefeated schedule in the AAC, but lost the AAC Championship game at King by 1 point. Bluefield Baseball has also been a growing program there and have had successful winning seasons the past years. In 2007 they were the NCCAA Regional Champs. 2006-2008 Athletes make up about 60% at Bluefield.[5]

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Coordinates: 37°14′22.1″N 81°15′7.2″W / 37.239472°N 81.252°W / 37.239472; -81.252

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