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Established in 1839 as a literary academy, Bloomsburg University is a comprehensive public institution offering 56
undergraduate and 21 graduate programs, including a doctorate in audiology and more than 50 undergraduate minors.
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 367 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
104th of the Best Regional Universities, northern region in U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings
89th out of 1,182 schools in the ETC College Rankings Index, produced by Educate To Career
Ranked among the top four-year colleges in Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money”
Designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine
9,245 Undergraduate Students
711 Graduate Students
10,127 Total Students
14.2% Underrepresented Minority (URM)
2013-14 Admissions:
Freshman Completed Applications: 9,248
Acceptance Rate: 27.1%
Traditional Admit Freshmen:
Mean SAT 1028, Mean GPA 3.41, Median Class Rank 35%
All Freshmen, including Provisional:
Geographical Background:
Mean SAT 992, Mean GPA 3.27, Median Class Rank 40%
First Generation Freshmen: 37.3%
Underrepresented Minority (URM) Freshmen: 18.5%
Other PA
Degrees Awarded (2012‐13):
1,704 Bachelor’s
365 Master’s
5 Doctorates
Northeast and
Central PA Counties
Freshman‐to‐Sophomore Retention: 81%
Graduation Rates
4‐Year: 42.3%; 5‐Year: 59.7%; 6‐Year: 61.8%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 21/1
Average Class Size of Organized Class Sections: 32
Faculty with Terminal Degree: 92% (Tenured/Tenure Track)
40 (Tenure Track)
No. of Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty: 358
Total Number of Faculty: 551 (includes part‐time)
Faculty Hired, 2013‐14:
Total Estimated Annual Budget: $138,796,765 (2013-14)
Total Economic Impact on Columbia County: $121,554,842 (2004)
Budgeted FTE Employees: 1,036
Operating Expenditure per Student: $14,052
Instruction and Department Research Expenditures as % of Total Operating Budget: 47.5%
Academic Opportunities
Undergraduate Approved Degree Programs: 55
Pre‐professional Majors: 5
Undergraduate Minors: 46
Career Concentrations: 11
Graduate Approved Degree Programs: 19
Scholarships and Support
Full‐Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 84%
All sources BU only
Number of Scholarship Awards: 1,380
Value of Scholarship Awards: $2,631,301
Total Financial Aid Awards (all sources): $115,198,496
Total Endowment Fund: $24,371,979
Alumni of Record: 61,628
Alumni Employed Within Year of Graduation: 66%
Alumni Enrolled in Graduate School Within Year of Graduation: 23%
Student Volunteerism
Total Estimated Hours: 68,520
Estimated Value of Service: $1.429 million
Federal Off‐Campus Community Service (Work‐Study): 10,000 hours, $72,500
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, 4 Apartment Complexes
On‐Campus Capacity: 3,522
% of Students Living in College‐Owned, Operated or Affiliated Housing: 43%
% 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
Bloomsburg University sponsors 18 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports with 218 studentathletes 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
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.