Freshman Admissions

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Freshman Admissions


Bloomsburg University ranks among the top schools in the Northeast according to America’s Best Colleges, published annually by U.S. News and World Report. Yet our cost is well below the national average for all schools, especially of our quality. Additionally, BU offers more than $2 million annually in scholarships.

New Freshmen Applicants

Spring and Fall 2015 Freshman Application!

The nursing application deadline is Nov. 15, 2014 for Fall 2015. Applications must be submitted and completed by that deadline. Nursing applications will not be reviewed for spring or summer semesters. Nursing decisions will be made on or around mid-December.

Special Freshman Categories

Summer Freshman Program: This program gives summer freshmen a unique opportunity to experience BU before returning in the fall. Students admitted to the Summer Freshmen Program must participate in the summer enrichment experience prior to their first semester.

Act 101/Educational Opportunity Program: Non-traditional criteria are applied in estimating potential of an applicant when it appears environmental background may have adversely affected grades, standardized test scores. Applicants may be required to file supplementary information as needed for proper consideration. Act 101/EOP students are expected to participate in a summer enrichment experience prior to their first semester.

Why BU? Well, how about our ...

Resources for Academic Excellence ... As the largest comprehensive university in Northeastern and Northcentral Pennsylvania, BU offers 54 undergraduate majors, 44 undergraduate minors and 20 graduate programs, along with the equipment and technology to give students the best possible preparation for careers in their field today.

Connections to Careers and the World ... An alumni base of more than 55,000 enables students to network throughout eastern U.S. and beyond. Students also have opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Environment for Service and Engagement ... More than 200 student clubs and organizations — ranging from community service, arts, business, athletics, fun and entertainment — gives students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, creativity and personal growth. Students are actively involved within the community with more than 62,000 hours dedicated to volunteerism each year.

You can afford an education at BU — where you don’t just earn a degree, but build a foundation for a career and for life. We are Huskies. We believe in working hard to make our dreams become a reality.

Who can apply?

Graduates of or seniors in accredited secondary schools or those who have a secondary school equivalency (GED). See what BU expects when evaluating applications.

How to apply

  • Complete and submit an official application with $35 non-refundable fee to the Office of Admissions
  • Request transcripts of secondary school grades be sent by the school to the university
  • Take and arrange to have SAT or ACT test scores sent directly from the testing service

Acceptance is determined after evaluation of high school work, achievement, SAT or ACT test scores, personal characteristics and enrollment capacity. Decisions are made without regard to race, age, color, creed, national origin, gender or disabilities.

When to Apply

Beginning in September, application reviews are made as they are received and on their own merit. Applicants generally receive a decision within four to six weeks. Some majors fill quickly, so early application (September through November) is encouraged. To be considered for nursing, your application must be complete by Nov. 15 of your senior year.

BU receives nearly 12,000 applications for admission each year. Our admissions staff evaluates every application on its own merit as they are received. Once your application packet is complete, you should hear from us within four to six weeks.