Bluefield College named a ‘Top School’ by Virginia Living Magazine


Bluefield College has been named one of the best colleges in Virginia by Virginia Living magazine, which included BC in a list of “Top High Schools and Colleges 2016” in its annual “State of Education” issue.

Virginia Living’s “Top High Schools and Colleges” list recognizes “innovation and excellence in secondary and higher education in Virginia” across five categories of consideration: arts and humanities; science, math and technology; capital improvements; research opportunities and mentorships; and athletics. Bluefield College was recognized in particular for its excellence in the area of arts and humanities.

“Bluefield College has a rich history in the arts and humanities dating back to our founding,” said BC president Dr. David Olive. “We are honored and humbled by this recognition of being identified as one of the Commonwealth’s top schools in this category, and it is a reflection of our quality faculty who strive to transform the hearts and minds of our students in preparing them for vocation and service.”

Featuring in-depth and positive coverage of news and trends in secondary and higher education, Virginia Living’s “State of Education” features not only a list of the public and private high schools and colleges “leading the way in education innovation around the state,” but also evidence as to why “Virginia’s schools are “consistently ranked among the country’s best,” according to the magazine’s editors.

“After careful and thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, Virginia Living’s editors selected schools that have instituted programs or recently begun capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experience in the classroom, on the field and in their communities,” said Eden Stuart, assistant editor of Virginia Living. “We hope that this honor gives the Bluefield community the great sense of achievement it deserves.”

Virginia Living celebrates all things Virginia — from its people and places, to its deep history and traditions — with its “smart, engaging stories and stunning photography and art,” making it a must-read for anyone interested in the Commonwealth, said the editors. To learn more about Virginia Living, visit

Bluefield College is a private Christian college located in southwest Virginia with a vision to graduate servant leaders who understand their life calling and transform the world. As a liberal arts college, BC incorporates into its core curriculum opportunities for students to be exposed the liberal arts, the sciences, quantitative reasoning, and modern technology. Through courses and other educational activities, students learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and act creatively.

“Bluefield College students benefit from higher education and learning experiences relevant for the workplace, and for living an enriched, purposeful life,” said Dr. Marshall Flowers, BC vice president for academic affairs. “Innovative and foundational study in the arts, humanities, math and sciences provide the core curriculum for our baccalaureate degrees in more than 40 distinct academic programs. We are honored to be recognized as one of Virginia Living’s ‘Top High Schools and Colleges’ for 2016.”

-Submitted by Chris Shoemaker