Blue Mountain College

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Brilliant, Baptist Liberal Arts Education at BMC

Blue Mountain College appears in our ranking of the 30 Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs at Private Colleges.

Ranked Washington Monthly’s 60th top baccalaureate institution, Blue Mountain College is a private, nonprofit Christian CIC member in Northeast Mississippi that delivers 34 bachelor’s and four master’s degrees plus Dual Enrollment courses for high school seniors at a 14:1 student-teacher ratio. For example, the B.A. in English specializes a 120-credit, four-year track for Literature or Writing emphases led by Dr. Elizabeth Crews with opportunities to publish the Mountain Breeze, work in Guyton Library, and travel abroad to London. Chaired by Dr. Anthony Bullard, the 120-credit B.S. in Business Administration encourages Toppers to join Sigma Beta Delta, find internships like State Farm Insurance, add the Leora Duce Leadership Diploma, and become Fisher Scholars.

Online on Canvas since Fall 2013, the B.S. in Psychology has started its 120-credit, SACS-accredited curriculum headed by Dr. Emily Derrick six times yearly with accelerated eight-week courses like Human Development that culminate with PY 480 Internship placements, such as Sanctuary Hospice. Directed by Dr. Jenetta Waddell, the M.Ed. in Literacy/Reading Education follows a 30-credit, 12-month hybrid path for currently certified K-12 teachers to receive Class AA Mississippi licensure and Kappa Delta Pi membership for 90 percent Praxis success. Other Blue Mountain degrees include the 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, and M.Ed. in Secondary Education.

About Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain College originated in 1873 when Confederate Brigadier-General Mark P. Lowrey opened the Blue Mountain Female Institute for an inaugural class of 50 with his daughters, Modena and Margaret. In 1877, the Mississippi Legislature chartered it as Blue Mountain College for higher learning. On February 27, 1885, the Blue Mountain community mourned the loss of its founder. That year, his son W.T. Lowrey assumed leadership and greatly expanded BMC’s enrollment. In 1919, BMC formed a mutually beneficial partnership with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Regionally accredited in 1927, BMC notably graduated George Duke Humphrey in 1929. Three decades later, Blue Mountain College launched a vocational Church training program. On October 4, 2005, BMC became fully coeducational for equal opportunity. 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 inspiring 631 Toppers from 11 countries online or on the 190-acre Tippah County campus near the Tupelo National Battlefield with 20+ clubs like Future Farmers of America for 71 percent retention. In 2018, Blue Mountain won the SSAC Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team Award. In 2015, BMC had a Milken Family Foundation Educator of the Year Award recipient. 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 boasts America’s 192nd top teaching college and 365th most conservative students. College Factual picked Blue Mountain 91st for history, 102nd for medical laboratory science, and 151st for theology degrees. Best Value Schools crowned BMC as Mississippi’s sixth-best investment.

Blue Mountain College Accreditation Details

On June 11, 2015, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees voted favorably to reaffirm the Level III accreditation at Blue Mountain College through the next 2024-25 evaluation under President Barbara Childers McMillin, D.A., who earned the Union University Faculty of the Year Award. Located 321 miles east via Interstate 20 in Decatur, this distinguished 11-state Deep South accreditor is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).

Blue Mountain College Application Requirements

Getting into Blue Mountain College is classified as “minimally difficult” by Peterson’s because 206 of the 207 Fall 2018 applicants were selected for extremely high 99.9 percent acceptance. First-year Toppers 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 conveniently has rolling admission year-round. Final registration deadlines are August 23rd for Fall, December 16th for Winter, January 21st for Spring, and May 27th for Summer. It’s recommended that international students 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, and financial support letter. Contact (800) 235-0136 or admissions@bmc.edu with questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, Blue Mountain College is charging full-time undergrads $7,050 each semester or $14,100 annually. Studying part-time incurs $470 per credit. Bachelor’s majors cover the $65 technology fee, $200 internship fee, and $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.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Financial Aid in Lawrence T. Lowrey Administration Hall gets 98 percent of new full-time BMC Toppers enrolled with median tuition assistance of $9,344 each for $1.14 million combined. 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, and 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.

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