Blue Mountain College

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Blue Mountain College appears in our ranking of the 30 Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs at Private Colleges. Blue Mountain College is ranked Washington Monthly’s 60th top baccalaureate institution.  It’s is a private, nonprofit Christian CIC member in Northeast Mississippi. It offers 34 bachelor’s and four master’s degrees. It has  Dual Enrollment courses for high school seniors. Student/teacher ratio is 14:1. For example, the B.A. in English specializes a 120-credit, four-year track for Literature or Writing emphases  with opportunities to:
  • publish the Mountain Breeze
  •  work in Guyton Library
  • travel abroad to London
The 120-credit B.S. in Business Administration encourages students to:
  • join Sigma Beta Delta
  • find internships like State Farm Insurance
  • add the Leora Duce Leadership Diploma
  • become Fisher Scholars
The B.S. in Psychology has has a 120-credit, SACS-accredited curriculum,  It has accelerated eight-week courses like Human Development that culminate with PY 480 Internship placements. The M.Ed. in Literacy/Reading Education follows a 30-credit, 12-month hybrid path. It’s for certified K-12 teachers to receive Class AA Mississippi licensure and Kappa Delta Pi membership. f Other Blue Mountain degrees include:
  • B.A. in Biblical Studies
  • B.S. in Biology
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Exercise Science
  • B.A. in History
  • B.A. in Liberal Arts
  • B.M. in Worship Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education

About Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain College originated in 1873. Confederate Brigadier-General Mark P. Lowrey opened the Blue Mountain Female Institute for an inaugural class of 50.  In 1877, the Mississippi Legislature chartered it as Blue Mountain College for higher learning.  In 1919, BMC formed a partnership with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. It was regionally accredited in 1927. Three decades later, Blue Mountain College launched a vocational Church training program. In 2005, BMC became fully coeducational. f In 2007, the M.Ed. in Elementary Education K-6 was developed as the first graduate degree. Endowed for $17.5 million, Blue Mountain College now employs 45 full-time faculty with 631 students from 11 countries online or on the 190-acre Tippah County campus. It has 20+ clubs and a 71 percent retention rate. In 2018, Blue Mountain won the SSAC Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team Award. The U.S. News & World Report named Blue Mountain College the 14th best Southern choice with the 233rd best online bachelor’s degrees nationwide. On Niche, BMC is America’s 192nd top teaching college and 365th most conservative students. College Factual named Blue Mountain:
  • 91st for history degree
  • 102nd for medical laboratory science degree
  • 151st for theology degree
Best Value Schools named BMC as Mississippi’s sixth-best investment.

Blue Mountain College Accreditation Details

In 2015, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees voted to reaffirm the Level III accreditation at Blue Mountain College. This distinguished 11-state Deep South accreditor is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and Mississippi Department of Education.

Blue Mountain College Application Requirements

Getting into Blue Mountain College is classified as “minimally difficult” by Peterson’s. 206 of the 207 Fall 2018 applicants were selected. This is a 99.9 percent acceptance. First-year students must fulfill 15 units of college-prep high school courses. Only GED recipients with subject scores above 410 qualify. Dual Enrollment students must finish their junior year with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT score. The Class of 2022 achieved a mean unweighted GPA of 3.39. The middle 50th percentile had SAT scores of 480-540 for Reading and 420-660 for Math. Mid-range admitted ACT scores were 18-23. Freshmen can transfer up to 30 AP, IB, and CLEP credits by exam. Current undergrads must transfer or re-enter with 2.0 GPAs or better. Foreign learners prove English skills with at least 6.5 IELTS, 80 TOEFL iBT, or 1020 SAT scores. The Office of Graduate & Continuing Education requires accredited, four-year bachelor’s completion at GPAs above 2.5. Master of Business Administration cohorts need a 450 or higher GMAT score. M.Ed. entrants must verify current K-12 teaching certification. Blue Mountain College has rolling admission year-round. Final registration deadlines are:
  • August 23rd for Fall
  • December 16th for Winter
  • January 21st for Spring
  • May 27th for Summer
International students should apply by July 1st or November 1st. Most freshman academic scholarships close on March 1st. The transfer financial aid priority date is May 1st. Accordingly, complete the free BMC Application online. Have schools mail transcripts to P.O. Box 160 in Blue Mountain, MS 38610. Forward official exam scores using SAT/TOEFL code 2398 or ACT code 2182. Submit supplemental documents, such as :
  • the 500-word biographical essay
  • valid teaching certificate
  • work history
  • immunization record
  • passport
  • financial support letter
Contact (800) 235-0136 or with questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Blue Mountain College is charging full-time undergrads $7,050 each semester or $14,100 annually. Studying part-time is $470 per credit. Bachelor’s majors cover:
  • the $65 technology fee
  • $200 internship fee
  • $70 laboratory fee
Freshmen pay the one-time $75 first-year experience fee. Each three-hour Dual Enrollment course costs $1,200. Living at the Tippah County campus’ dorms like Whitfield Hall adds $1,800 to $2,400 for semester rent. Default 19-meal plans for Ray Dining Hall are $1,650 extra. BMC budgets $1,200 for books and $3,097 for miscellaneous. Annual undergrad attendance equals about $24,951 on-site or $17,429 at home. Master of Education courses are $470 per credit. MBA students spend slightly more at $525 per credit. The Office of Financial Aid  gets 98 percent of new full-time BMC students enrolled with median tuition assistance of $9,344 each. Institutional funds include:
  • the Janice Nicholson Elementary Education Scholarship
  • John & Helen Claire Barlow Scholarship
  • Leora Duce Leadership Scholarship
  • Callie Guyton Business Scholarship, Cleo Tumblin May Scholarship
  • Alonzo Skelton Scholarship
  • Imogene Hardon Scholarship
  • Martha Ellen Scholle Scholarship
  • Vivia Lucile Hammet Smith Scholarship
  • Gladys Stokes Memorial Scholarship
  • Jerry Fowler Sr. Scholarship
  • Judd McAlister Gatlin Scholarship
The Heritage Scholar Award gifts $10,000 annually to on-campus freshmen with at least 33 ACT or 1490 SAT scores. The $8,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship supports transferring members with 50+ credits and GPAs above 3.25. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loan, require FAFSA forms coded 002398. Mississippians also pursue:
  • the Eminent Scholars Grant
  • Higher Education Legislative Plan
  • Nissan Scholarship
  • Horatio Alger Scholarship, and more.
Explore eight coed, Christ-centered departments placed 46th overall by The Economist at the Blue Mountain College website.

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