Preparing students for successful lives in a complex world

Preparing students for successful lives in a complex world

“I like this class a lot, because it’s not just all technical skills,” said Raijene Dreuitt, mass communications major. “We’re getting to learn how to work with other people, developing professional skills in working with a client. This is the first time I’ve gotten to work with a client, so this class has prepared on that level.”

Building on a rich history of academic excellence as one of 14 public universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg University prepares and inspires students to become dynamic and confident leaders.

Resources for Academic Excellence ... As the largest comprehensive university in Northeastern and Northcentral Pennsylvania, BU offers 56 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors and 21 graduate programs, along with the experiences and technology to give students the best possible preparation for careers in their field.

Connections to Careers and the World ... An alumni base of more than 60,000 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 250 student clubs and organizations — ranging from community service to the arts and business to entertainment — give students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and creativity ... to grow both professionally and personally. Students are actively involved within the community with more than 62,000 hours dedicated to volunteerism each year.

Economic impact extends beyond students

Economic Growth

In just one year, Bloomsburg University added more than $350 million to the economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania, but that figure only scratches the surface of the school’s true value.

The vibrations from the economic and opportunity engine created by the university go far beyond the spending and positive social impact of its approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students and 1,000 faculty and staff, according to a study by Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists International.

From helping to create a more productive workforce to being a magnet that attracts new businesses and industry, BU’s benefits touch every corner of the state.

“Many studies have shown the value of higher education in terms of providing better opportunities for graduates,” said BU President David L. Soltz. “As one of 14 publicly funded universities that make up Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, we felt it was important to show the return state residents receive for every tax dollar spent.”

The EMSI study used various data from the 2012-13 academic year to create an overall analysis of Bloomsburg University’s impact. Highlights include:

Immediate economic benefits
  • Pennsylvania spent $33.5 million of taxpayer dollars through state appropriation to support BU’s operation in 2012-13 — providing only 24 percent of the university’s $135.7 million operating budget. In addition, state grants brought more than $8 million in scholarship, work study, and miscellaneous grant funds into the community through Bloomsburg University. Overall, commonwealth support was just 12 percent of the $350.3 million the university’s presence added to the local economy over the same time period.
  • Much of BU’s annual $110.5 million faculty and staff payroll is spent regionally on housing, goods and services.
  • Following commencement, 36 percent of graduates remain in the region at least a year, generating $175 million in taxable income. Seventy-four percent of BU’s graduates choose to remain in the commonwealth.
  • In 2012-13, students provided 81,000 hours of volunteer service to businesses and the community. In 2014, the Big Event, an annual community service project, drew more than 2,000 students who helped area residents with spring cleaning chores, including painting and raking.
  • BU-affiliated services, such as the Honeysuckle Apartments, Center for Community Research and Consulting and Audiology Clinic, add more than $140 million to the region’s income.