Act 101/EOP Admissions Guidelines

Act 101/EOP Admissions Guidelines


Placement Testing

Act 101 Admissions

In the fall 2016 academic term, the Academic Placement Testing Work Group met on several occasions to address the growing need of changing placement testing procedures and processes. With approval of the Provost on 2/9/2017, students who place into Enrichment Algebra courses will now have the option to challenge their placement by completing ALEKS, a placement testing system that assesses student knowledge and corrects the student’s weaker areas of mathematics knowledge. Students will be able to see where they place on ALEKS and have the opportunity to correct and retake the assessment. In terms of Writing Placement, High School GPA will be used to place first-year students into writing courses. During the summer, students can challenge their placement through a Credit-By-Exam (CBE) process prior to their fall enrollment

The highest priority for admission is reserved for Act 101/EOP applicant with a 800 or higher on the SAT, academic ranking in the upper half of their high school class and a 95 percent or better attendance rate in high school.

Students applying for admission must also submit a recommendation from a counselor or teacher describing how the student would benefit from being admitted into the program. Students admitted to Bloomsburg University through Act 101/EOP are admitted on a conditional basis.

Students must complete a six-week pre-college summer program before being invited to return in the fall. Exceptions are only granted by the program director. Approximately 95 percent of summer participants return in the fall.

Application Process

The highest priority for admission is reserved for Act 101 applicants with a 900 or higher on the SAT, academic ranking in the upper half of their high school class and a 95 percent or better attendance rate in high school.

Students applying for admission must also submit a recommendation letter from a counselor or teacher describing how the student would benefit from being admitted into the program. Students admitted to Bloomsburg University through Act 101 are admitted on a conditional basis.

Students also must successfully complete a six-week pre-college summer program meeting the minimum GPA requirement in order to return in the fall. Exceptions are only granted by the program director.

Delineation Statement of Act 101/Educational Opportunity Program

Act 101 – students identified as Act 101 must meet the requirements for Act 101 Program eligibility based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • Must be at an “Economic Disadvantage” based on Federal Poverty Guidelines and Income limits
  • Must be “Educationally Deficient” (see Director or webpage for specifics)
  • In addition, students must be judged at an “Educational Disadvantage,” or unlikely to succeed educationally at the institution, if they are predicted to have a postsecondary GPA of 2.0 or less.

    EOP – EOP students can be non-PA residents, or PA-residents, who meet or exceed the economic eligibility criteria for Act 101, but have similar student profiles.