Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

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400 E. Second Street

Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Phone: (570) 389-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#95 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is a public institution that was founded in 1839. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,201, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 282 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 95. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,582 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,516 (2013-14).

The campus of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is located along the Susquehanna River, about 150 miles from both Philadelphia and New York. Undergraduates at Bloomsburg University can choose from more than 85 bachelor’s degree programs, and graduate students can pursue nearly 20 programs, including business and health. Bloomsburg University students can get a head start on their post-graduation plans by checking out the Career Development Center, which helps them with their job search.

The university, often shortened to BU, offers about 200 student organizations and more than 25 fraternities and sororities. BU students can also get involved by participating in the university’s many events, such as monthly dances and bingo nights, or by planning those events with the Program Board. Student athletes can try out for the Bloomsburg University Huskies varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Huskies compete in about 18 sports and are cheered on by a canine mascot named Roongo.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a public, four-year institution, is one of 14 members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1839 as the Bloomsburg Literary Institute, the university currently enrolls over 9,200 undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology and approximately 750 graduate students in upper-level programs, including a doctoral program in clinical audiology. Eighty-eight percent of the university's students are Pennsylvania residents and approximately 8 percent hail from neighboring New Jersey. Popular undergraduate majors are accounting, biology and allied health sciences, communication studies, criminal justice, early childhood & adolescent education, management, marketing, nursing, psychology, special education.
Bloomsburg University offers a wide array of student activities and programs, modern residence halls, a well-equipped Student Recreation Center and restaurant-quality dining, including a Subway and two Starbucks locations. The university has 18 intercollegiate athletic programs, more than 200 organizations to provide opportunities for leadership and growth and 12 Living Learning Communities that bring together students with common academic interests who live in the same residence hall, participate in activities and enroll in a cluster of related courses. The university actively supports an atmosphere of civic engagement, encouraging students to get involved through political and volunteer activities. More than 750 companies, organizations and agencies provide academic internships to Bloomsburg students. Students also may take advantage of support offerings provided through Academic Advisement, Accommodative Services, Act 101/Educational Opportunity Program, Developmental Instruction, Student Support Services, University Tutorial Services and other programs.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1839
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $18,902,239


When applying to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 30. The application fee at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is 21:1, and the school has 19.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania include: Business Administration and Management, General; Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Special Education and Teaching, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 9%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 5%
Special Education and Teaching, General 5%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4%

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Student Life

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,201, with a gender distribution of 43.4 percent male students and 56.6 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,950
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 63.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,474.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,582 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,516 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,848 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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