Drop in Bluefield State College enrollment raises concerns


BLUEFIELD, WV (WOAY)- Enrollment at Bluefield State College has dropped and many officials are beginning to become concerned.


According to the West Virginia Higher Education Report Card, Bluefield State experienced a 28.7% decrease in enrollment between 2012-2017. Only two of the state’s public, four-year institutions show an increase in enrollment in the same report.


Bluefield State Communications Director Kimberly Gross said in a press release, here are a few factors for the drop, but one is of particular concern.


“The reduction in the area’s population does limit prospective local students, which ultimately drives recruitment efforts to seek new markets which was identified in the BSC master plan. Bluefield State has expanded our metro-rate opportunities to additional counties in surrounding states to increase the prospective students who might consider Bluefield State.”


Gross also said another consideration for those wanting to attend college is affordability. Southern West Virginia’s economy, which is where the majority of Bluefield State students come from, has hindered decisions to pursue higher education.


Bluefield State College is working on ways to have the enrollment rates higher.

Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at

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