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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Rating: 3.6/5 (8 votes)

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Introduction

Bloomsburg University (BU) is a comprehensive four-year institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional fields. It offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs and 20 graduate programs. The university serves nearly 12,000 students in Columbia County with a 282-acre campus and 54 academic, residential, and administrative buildings.

History

BU began as an academy for classical education in 1839 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. It became the State Normal School in 1869. Up until the early 1920s, the Normal School emphasized secondary and college preparatory courses for special teachers. In 1927, the College earned accreditation to grant Bachelor of Science in Education degrees.

The school began to expand its focus when it added a degree in business education and later a U.S. Navy V-12 Officer Training Program. A Division of Special Education was added in 1957.

By 1960, the school had greatly expanded its facilities, faculty, and student enrollment, and in that year it its current name. It began awarding Bachelor of Arts degrees for students of the humanities, sciences, and mathematics. Graduate programs in education and a doctoral program in clinical audiology were established in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Today, the university is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, formed in 1983. Its president was the system’s first chancellor. The school continues to grow and expand as a member of the state system, adding new programs, facilities, and activities that complement its current offerings.

Academics

Academic programs encompass bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a number of different fields. There are 54 undergraduate degree programs with 45 minors. Graduate can choose from 19 master’s programs or pursue a doctorate in audiology.

Classes are organized into four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Science and Technology. Students are encouraged to take courses that interest them and lead to successful and fulfilling careers. Students can personalize their degree programs by majoring in one subject and minoring or concentrating in another related or separate subject.

Students are also encouraged to enhance their education through internship programs in their chosen industries. Internships are excellent ways for students to gain real-world, hands-on experience in their future jobs while earning credit for school. Internship programs can also help students narrow down their career focus or discover a new industry. The internship website and office on-campus will help students seek out and apply for relevant internships in a wide range of industries.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is for exceptional students who demonstrate particularly high academic ability and potential. Honors students enjoy smaller class sizes, closer relationships with professors, the opportunity to participate in independent study or field trips, and more. To apply for the Honors program, students should have a combined SAT score of at least 1730 and have ranked in the top 20% of their graduating class. Students can apply online by filling out an application form and including a short essay, a creative work sample, a copy of a high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation.

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Admissions

Admissions are competitive, meaning that not every applicant is guaranteed a spot in the university. BU’s acceptance rate is slightly lower than 30%. Students who are interested in attending should demonstrate a good academic record, personal character, and extracurricular activities.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is available online at fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is the standard form that determines eligibility for federal aid in the form of student loans, work-study programs, and grants. It is also frequently required as a supplementary material for third-party loans and scholarship applications. Nearly 80% of full-time students receive financial aid of some kind.

Students can also apply for merit-based scholarships through third-party sponsors and the university itself. There are more than 500 scholarship opportunities for its students, and these competitions are often sponsored by individuals or departments. Students should visit the Scholarships page of the Financial Aid page for information about the different scholarship eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2970th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Bloomsburg enrolls nearly 12,000 students with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Nearly 50% of students live in on-campus housing and participate in the dining hall meal plan program. Living on campus makes it easy for students to get involved in campus activities, meet new people, walk to classrooms and dining halls, or participate in hall events. On-campus residents also benefit from the maintenance and cleaning staff and have access to extensive housing and facilities support services. The campus is 100% wireless, so on-campus residents will have access to email and the internet at all times through their laptops, smartphones, and computers.

The lower campus is home to academic buildings, residence halls, a library, and student services. The upper campus houses three apartment complexes, athletic facilities, and a unique outdoor adventure complex with a climbing wall and a ropes course. Students can sign up to use these special facilities with a class or in a group at any time.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Faculty

Of the 373 tenured and tenure-track faculty, more than 90% have earned doctoral degrees or another terminal degree in their field. The student-to-faculty ratiois 22:1, so students will enjoy small class sizes and a higher level of faculty interaction than they would at a larger school. The median class size is 33.

Information Summary

Ranks 41st in Pennsylvania and 548th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 217th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 16 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 40 0.39

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population28,313 (19,806 urban / 8,507 rural)
Households10,359 (2.43 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,291
Families6,475 (2.89 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4211

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1156th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $16,556
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,960 $1,960 $2,150
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $690
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,028 $2,028 $2,228
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,182 $22,182 $32,306
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,182 $22,182 $32,306
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $22,182 $22,182 $32,306

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,082 $8,344 $8,082 $8,344 $17,620 $18,170
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,216 $7,498
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,852 $4,690
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,216 $7,498
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,852 $4,690
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $12,068 $12,188

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,248 (3,599 male / 5,649 female)
Admitted 8,190 (3,127 male / 5,063 female)
Admission rate 89%
First-time Enrollment 2,218 (923 male / 1,295 female)
FT Enrollment 2,208 (915 male / 1,293 female)
PT Enrollment 10 (8 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment10,127

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1026th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 12%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

929th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,694
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,886
Board Fee$3,702

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 39 81 55 21 3 1,783 83 2,076
Accounting 2 4 65 3 74
Anthropology 2 14 1 17
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 2 3
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 2 3 6
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 51 4 58
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 1 1 35 2 42
Business Administration and Management, General 6 9 5 4 1 262 11 299
Business/Commerce, General 13 1 14
Chemistry, General 1 10 1 13
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other 1 14 15
Computer Science 1 12 1 14
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 2 1 36 3 43
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 2 40 2 47
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 1 1 68 3 77
Curriculum and Instruction 40 1 41
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 7 7
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 43 4 49
Economics, General 20 3 1 24 1 49
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 7 1 8
Educational/Instructional Technology 3 3 1 1 44 53
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 3 4
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 2 71 3 79
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 1 45 6 56
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 14 16
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 3 3
French Language and Literature 1 4 5
Geography 19 1 21
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 19 1 21
German Language and Literature 2 2
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 2 2 48 2 54
Health/Medical Physics 6 6
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1 1 41 43
History, General 1 1 33 2 37
International Policy Analysis 1 1
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 9 1 10
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 13 14
Mass Communication/Media Studies 4 2 1 45 1 54
Mathematics, General 1 41 1 43
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 2 32 1 35
Music, General 9 9
Organizational Communication, General 14 2 94 8 120
Philosophy 6 6
Physics, General 1 1 17 1 20
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 27 30
Psychology, General 9 3 1 69 5 87
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 2 1 3
Reading Teacher Education 15 15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 4 3 91 2 101
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 1 12 1 15
Social Sciences, Other 1 1 20 2 24
Social Work 1 5 3 1 37 3 50
Sociology 2 3 1 1 15 2 24
Spanish Language and Literature 1 9 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 1 98 1 102
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 25 27

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 840th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $77,953 ($81,410 male / $72,970 female)
Number of FT Faculty 417 (249 male / 168 female)
Number of PT Faculty 509
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $17,925,165
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