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Building on a rich history of academic excellence as one of 14 public universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg University prepares and inspires students to become dynamic and confident leaders.
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 of Pennsylvania is located in Columbia County, about a mile south of Interstate 80. As the university on the hill, BU overlooks the Town of Bloomsburg and is situated a few hundred yards from the community's business district and local hospital.
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.
|Total Undergraduate Students||9,201|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||7||<1%|
|African American / Black||681||7%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||6||<1%|
|Two or More Races||145||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||244||3%|
|Where do BU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||11%|
|How old are BU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||4%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||19 - 23|
|Math||460 - 550|
|Critical Reading||440 - 530|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||28%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||68%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||75%|
|Average High School GPA Data Not Available|
The cost to attend Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||21 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||56%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||93%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||414|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||43%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||13%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||80%|
89% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
42% of all undergraduates live on campus
Bloomsburg University is located adjacent to the Town of Bloomsburg, a community with 14,855 full-time residents. The safety of the small community extends to the well-lighted campus where security measures include an emergency message notification system (e-mail, phone and text message), emergency call boxes and continuous patrolling by the university's 18 commissioned police officers who work closely with the professional town police force. Entrance to all residence halls is by card-access only and, for extra security, classrooms may be locked from inside.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Bloomsburg University offers students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. BU measures the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful. The National Survey of Student Engagement (web survey) included all freshmen and seniors enrolled in Spring 2012 with a response rate of 20 percent. With regard to active learning reported by First Year students, 54% frequently discuss readings or ideas from coursework outside of class; 47% frequently work with other students on projects in class, 42% work with peers on assignments outside of class, 25% make frequent presentations in class; and 10% frequently participate in service-learning or community-based projects during a given year. With regard to active learning reported by seniors, 61% have participated in some form of practicum, internship, field experience, co-op, or clinical assignment and 28% frequently assist their fellow students by tutoring or teaching.
When surveyed about enriching educational experiences at Bloomsburg University during the First Year, 14% of students participate in a learning community, 46% say they frequently have serious conversations with students who are different from themselves in terms of their religious, political, or personal beliefs, 44% frequently have serious conversations with those of a different race, 22% frequently engage in spiritually enhancing activities such as worship, meditation, or prayer. By their senior year, 14% of students have taken an independent study class, 8% have studied abroad, and 65% have participated in community service or volunteer work.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Business Administration, Management and Operations.||16%|
|Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods.||9%|
|Special Education and Teaching.||5%|
|Criminal Justice and Corrections.||5%|
|Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing.||4%|
|Links to degree programs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 78%