Incoming Act 101/EOP Students

Incoming Act 101/EOP Students


Students admitted to Bloomsburg University through Act 101/EOP must participate in placement testing and complete a six-week, pre-college summer program.

Faculty assess each student's potential for success during each week of the summer program on grades, attitudes and attendance. Attendance at Bloomsburg University in the fall is guaranteed only if these criteria are met.

Mentoring Requirements

The Act 101/EOP Mentoring Program is designed to help freshmen develop a network and connection to Bloomsburg University through Discussion Groups and Individual Mentoring. Freshmen (mentees) are matched with a mentor, who is a volunteer BU student, faculty, or staff member.

Discussion Groups give students an opportunity to share and gain experiences with their peers. Students meet biweekly in groups, which are facilitated by Act 101/EOP program assistants and graduate students in the counseling program.

Academic Progress

Some students may be enrolled in developmental courses during the summer and perhaps during their first year at BU. These developmental courses do not count for graduation credit. Courses are taken in addition to the required 120 credits needed for graduation. Students in Act 101/EOP generally take slightly more than four years to graduate.

The Act 101/EOP director receives mid-term grade reports for students until they have completed 60 hours of study and have earned a GPA of 2.3 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Is financial aid available to me?

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Financial aid advising is provided by the Act 101/EOP staff and supplements efforts of the university's financial aid office. Sources of Financial aid include the Federal Pell Grant, the PHEAA state grant and loans. Students eligible for financial aid may have as much as 90 percent of the cost covered for the summer program.

Who applies to be a part of the Act 101 program?

Approximately 550 students are enrolled in Act 101/EOP at the university. About half represent minorities, 60 percent are women, 20 percent are older than typical college freshmen, and they come from urban and rural environments. Students share two common characteristics.

They don't match the usual admissions profile and they possess a financial, cultural, social, or education disadvantage as defined by state or university program guidelines. In addition, students may enter Bloomsburg University through Act 101/EOP with pre-existing disabilities.

What’s the difference between an Act 101 student and EOP student?

EOP students are non-residents who do not meet the economic eligibility criteria for Act 101 but have similar academic profiles.

How will Act 101/EOP help my academic progress?

Some students may be enrolled in developmental courses during the summer and perhaps during their first year at the university. These developmental courses do not count for graduation credit. The courses are taken in addition to the required 120 credits for graduation.

Students in Act101/EOP generally take slightly more than four years to graduate. The Act101/EOP director receives mid-term grade reports for students until they have completed 60 hours of study and have earned a grade point average of 2.3 or better on a 4.0 scale. Act101/EOP staff members retain a direct responsibility for academic progress of all students admitted to the university through Act101/EOP.