Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description
BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA H-18
400 East Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
Web Site: http://www.bloomu.edu/
State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1839. Setting: 282-acre small town campus. Research spending 2003-04: $201,985. Educational spending 2003-04: $5284 per student. Total enrollment: 8,304. Faculty: 395 (349 full-time, 46 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 7,820 applied, 63% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 79% from top half. Full-time: 7,029 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 495 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 33 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 7% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at medical technology at several Pennsylvania medical centers. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).
Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 10/1, 12/1 for early decision. Preference given to state residents.
Costs Per Year:
Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4810 full-time, $200 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,026 full-time, $501 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1279 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5200. College room only: $3012. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.
Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 160 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Renaissance Jamboree. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, monitored surveillance cameras. College housing designed to accommodate 2,980 students; 3,104 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Andruss Library with 408,647 books, 2.1 million microform titles, 2,402 serials, 7,242 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.2 million. 1,250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.
Population 12,350. Bloomsburg is located 40 miles southeast of Williamsport. Average winter temperature is 31 degrees; with a summer mean temperature of 70 degrees. The area is served by railroad, bus, and airlines. The community has multiple lodging accommodations, several churches of various denominations, a public library, and a hospital. There are numerous civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations in the area. Part-time employment is available.
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