Established in 1839 as a literary academy, Bloomsburg University is a comprehensive public institution offering 56 undergraduate programs and more than 58 minors along with 18 graduate programs, including a doctorate in audiology and in nursing practice.


3rd largest school of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

75 miles north of Harrisburg and 137 miles west of Philadelphia

73 buildings on two campuses across 366 acres in Columbia County

Lower campus includes seven residence halls, eight academic buildings, a student union, a student services center, an administration building and a three-story library

Upper campus includes three student apartment complexes, athletic facilities to include gymnasium field house, multipurpose sports field and football stadium, as well as adventure property featuring a 50-foot climbing wall and high ropes course

A satellite location in Center City, Philadelphia, offers a master’s in business administration (M.B.A.), as well as a bachelor’s of applied science in technical leadership.

Bloomsburg University offers for-credit classes and degree completion programs at both the Dixon University Center and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, as well as the main campuses of Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne County Community College and Northampton Community College.  

Awards and Recognition

For the third time, BU has earned the title of Military Friendly School from Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine — the first as a Silver Level Award.

BU once again made the list of top universities in the northern region of the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings.

BU has begun baseline concussion screening of student-athletes this summer after being selected to join the NCAADepartment of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium.

BU's nursing program has been rated first in the commonwealth and 60th in the nation by

BU is named among the top North American schools in the 2017 Sales Education Foundation’s (SEF) listing of the best universities offering professional sales education.

BU’s digital forensics program has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

PA Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann praised students for being the first to represent Pennsylvania in the national Community Bank Case Study Competition.

BU is ranked fifth among four-year colleges in Pennsylvania according to The ranking focuses on affordability, flexibility and student services using the most recent government data to evaluate colleges and universities across the state.

BU is rated 23rd in the country as one of the 25 Best bachelor's degrees in Special Education for 2017 by Best Education Degrees, the leading guide to educational careers and colleges., a career planning website, named BU one of the top ten schools in PA for criminal justice majors.


8,995 Undergraduate Students

663 Graduate Students

9,658 Total Students

17.1% Underrepresented Minority (URM)

Geographical Background: 

2016-17 Admissions:

Freshman Completed Applications: 9,330

Acceptance Rate: 77.6%

Traditional Admit Freshmen:

Mean SAT 1021, Mean GPA 3.38, Median Class Rank 37.7%

All Freshmen, including Provisional:

Mean SAT 975, Mean GPA 3.26, Median Class Rank 43.2%

First Generation Freshmen: 33.6%

Underrepresented Minority (URM) Freshmen: 21.9%


Degrees Awarded (2014‐15):

1,926 Bachelor’s

284 Master’s

24 Doctorates

Freshman‐to‐Sophomore Retention: 77.5%

Graduation Rates

4‐Year: 37.9%; 5‐Year: 59.1%; 6‐Year: 61.6% 


Student/Faculty Ratio: 20/1

Average Class Size of Organized Class Sections: 31

Faculty with Terminal Degree: 92% (Tenured/Tenure Track)

Faculty Hired, 2015‐16: 19 (Tenure Track)

No. of Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty: 362

Total Number of Faculty: 526 (includes part‐time)


Total Estimated Annual Budget: $147.4 million (2016-17)

Regional Economic Impact: $350.3 million

Budgeted FTE Employees: 1,104

Operating Expenditure per Student: $15,597 (2016-17)

Instruction and Department Research Expenditures as % of Total Operating Budget: 49.2%  

Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Approved Degree Programs: 56

Pre‐professional Majors: 5

Undergraduate Minors: 58

Career Concentrations: 11

Graduate Approved Degree Programs: 20

Scholarships and Support

Full‐Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 86%

Number of Scholarship Awards: All sources BU only

1,380 590

Value of Scholarship Awards:

$2,631,301 $941,686

Total Financial Aid Awards (all sources): $125,585,680
Total Endowment Fund: $34 million


Alumni of Record: 70,904

Alumni Employed Within Year of Graduation: 72%

Alumni Enrolled in Graduate School Within Year of Graduation: 20%

Student Volunteerism

Total Estimated Hours: 73,560

Estimated Value of Service: $1.721 million

Federal Off‐Campus Community Service (Work‐Study): 5,015 hours, $36,358


Computers in Labs: 1,571

Student/Computer Ratio: 6 to 1

Electronic Classrooms: 200

Bandwidth to Internet: 1Gb % of Campus that is Wireless: 100%


Main Campus: 366 acres

Instructional and Support Buildings: 73

On‐Campus Housing: 7 Residence Halls, 1 under construction, 3 Apartment Complexes

On‐Campus Capacity: 3,500

% of Students Living in College‐Owned, Operated or Affliated Housing: 41%

% of Students with Meal Plans: 47%

Flex‐ Only 6%


Degrees Awarded

Spring 2014 Graduates

186 Graduate Degrees

1,409 Undergraduate Degrees


Winter 2014 Graduates

83 Graduate Degrees

582 Undergraduate Degrees


Class of 2014

269 Graduate Degrees

1,991 Undergraduate Degrees


Spring 2015 Graduates

120 Graduate Degrees

1,232 Undergraduate Degrees  


Winter 2015 Graduates

59 Graduate Degrees

409 Undergraduate Degrees


Class of 2015

179 Graduate Degrees

1,641 Undergraduate Degrees  


Bloomsburg University sponsors 21 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports with over 500 student-athletes who compete at the NCAA Division II level within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with the exception of men’s wrestling, which competes at the NCAA Division I level.

National Champions

Field Hockey (16) – 1981, 83, 84, 87, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2002, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 09 (NCAA)

Softball (1) – 1982 (AIAW)

Wrestling (3) – 1960, 62, 65 (NAIA)

There are 15 recognized club sports to include Ultimate Frisbee, equestrian, ice hockey and lacrosse. Intramural sports at varying competitive levels are also offered, such as bubble soccer, flag football and sand volleyball.