Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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400 East Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
Tel: (570)389-4000
Admissions: (570)389-4316
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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).

Entrance Requirements:

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.

Collegiate Environment:

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.

Community Environment:

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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