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.