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 20 graduate programs, including doctorates 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 four-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.
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 NCAA Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium.
BUs nursing program has been rated first in the commonwealth and 60th in the nation by CollegeAtlas.org.
BU is named among the top North American schools in the 2016 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.
8,995 Undergraduate Students
663 Graduate Students
9,658 Total Students
17.1% Underrepresented Minority (URM)
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):
Freshman‐to‐Sophomore Retention: 77.5%
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 bloomu.edu/econ
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%
Undergraduate Approved Degree Programs: 56
Pre‐professional Majors: 5
Undergraduate Minors: 58
Career Concentrations: 11
Graduate Approved Degree Programs: 20
Full‐Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 86%
Number of Scholarship Awards: All sources BU only
Value of Scholarship Awards:
Total Financial Aid Awards (all sources): $125,585,680
Total Endowment Fund: $34 million
Alumni of Record: 67,717
Alumni Employed Within Year of Graduation: 72%
Alumni Enrolled in Graduate School Within Year of Graduation: 20%
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%
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 20 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.
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.