Location: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Percent Women: 57%
Tuiton (one year): $16,430 in state, $26,000 out of state
Most Popular Majors: Business Administration and Management, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Special Education and Teaching, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Greek Life: yes
Acceptance Rate: 68%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Bloomsburg's website at http://www.bloomu.edu/admissions
Why Choose Bloomsburg?
"I liked it's affordability while still offering a quality education! Plus, it's only a few hours from home so it's the perfect distance -- not too far, but not too close, either."
"Firstly, Bloomsburg was just the right size--large enough to blend in when I want, but small enough to not get lost. It was affordable and had my area of interest as well as an equestrian team. The campus is beautiful, and I love the small-town setting. I'm from a small-town area myself, so it felt familiar and home-y. The whole atmosphere just feels welcoming; there's a definite sense of community. Most of all, being at Bloomsburg just felt right. It felt good. There's something about it that I can't quite put my finger on, but it's an irreplaceable feeling and one I didn't experience at either of the other two schools I looked at."
"I absolutely adored the campus, and I knew it was where I belonged right when the tour started. It also stood out to me because it offers so many majors and minors, and has an incredible staff to make each program top notch."
"Bloomsburg University has one of the such a beautiful campus, I was sold the second I set foot on it. The liveliness of the campus and the promising educational opportunities BU offers gave me confidence that I picked the right school."
"Being in the mountains is pretty awesome! The scenery is always so pretty, especially in the fall, and you really experience all four seasons so you don't get tired of the cold all the time."
"I like that the Student Union offers free movies throughout the semester."
"Everything is within walking distance, but Bloomsburg isn't so small that there's nothing to do. I love the little market that they have outside Bakeless on (warm) Fridays, it supports local growers which is awesome."
"The Big Event is an awesome way to serve our town"
"The variety of different clubs and organizations offers something for everyone, and I love that about BU!"
"I love block party because it is so known for Bloomsburg and one weekend where all students come together for a lot of fun."
"I love all of the campus activities and events, they're an awesome way to stay busy and have fun. One of my favorites is midnight pizza and karaoke!"
"I like the wide variety of clubs that the university has to offer, particularly all of the mass media organizations like Her Campus, BUnow, and The Voice."
"Being in Central PA, there isn't a whole lot of things to do beside party on the weekends. But most students are aware of the town-life while choosing Bloomsburg so I suppose that's not much of an issue."
"The class scheduling process can be rough at times. Also, winter weather has made for some rough times when the sidewalks got icy but classes still weren't canceled. If you're walking to class in the snow, be careful!"
"I don't like how inefficiently the no smoking signs are monitored. As a non smoker, I hate walking through clouds of smoke on the quad and outside class buildings each and every day. There are signs, so this is something that should really be enforced."
"Sometimes I feel like with my meal plan the options are very limited. I wish we had some healthier food choices on campus. I find it really hard to eat healthy with a meal plan."
"The worst part about Bloomsburg is the lack of parking that is offered on campus and throughout the town! One of the most frustrating things here at BU is not being able to find a parking spot ever!"
"I have a gluten allergy and it is extremely difficult to use my meal on campus. The Commons has a "no worries" section, but it is not very tasty and I don't always have time to eat there."
"With our growing campus population I think it would be useful for the school to invest in renovations to make the library bigger because during Fall and Spring sessions it is hard to find places to work and nearly impossible to find a study room."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Like most schools, freshman are typically seen as the bottom of the totem-pole. There is a bit of animosity toward freshman during class registration because they fill up all the gen-eds upperclassmen still need to graduate."
"Orientation is pretty dumb, to be honest. I understand the goal of acclimating new students to campus but they force awkward socialization on everyone, which usually doesn't result in any life-long friends, anyway."
"It can definitely feel foreign at first: you don't know many people yet and are still finding your way around. But classes pick up pretty quickly, and you'll be in the swing of things before you know it. Focus on your classes and activities--that's the ultimate reason we're in college, isn't it?--and everything else will fall into place."
"The different orientation activities that are made available to the incoming freshman are awesome for integrating the new freshman huskies to the college life!"
"I transferred in my second freshman semester. When you become an upperclassman you can totally pick out the freshies, but I never felt like was left out of anything."
"Being a freshman, in my opinion, is the best part of being in college. Everyone wants you to join their clubs and come to their parties. You've got about a 6 month get-out-of-jail-free-card grace period, because--let's face it-- everyone makes stupid mistakes when they're freshmen. You meet so many incredible new friends and really get to know yourself."
"Orientation Workshop Leaders are very helpful and enthusiastic about the campus. There is always someone to answer your questions and an activity to do."
All About Academics
"Registering for classes is actually a nightmare. Be prepared with a lot of backup classes to replace the ones you really want but probably won't get. Also, get in tight with your adviser so they can help you get in to classes that have already closed."
"Studying at the library is great but the atmosphere can be tense and anxious sometimes which is why Starbucks and the space underneath Commons can be cool too."
"I'm a homebody, so I typically prefer to study in my room. If you need a good place, be sure to check out the Fireside Lounge in Kehr Union, by the steps between the Husky and Old Science Hall. It's quiet and relaxing, and nowhere nearly as busy as the library."
"Education, Communication Studies, and Nursing seem to be the majors I've heard of most at Bloomsburg, and they're all very good programs."
"I am an English major and the professors in my major are amazing. My classes are all very interesting and I am never really bored in class. I find myself wanting to go to class!"
"There is a wide variety of majors offered at Bloomsburg University. Each student is assigned a personal advisor, determined by their major, and you can meet with them whenever you need help figuring out your schedule or anything regarding your academics."
"Develop a good relationship with your adviser early on, that way, they are more likely to help you first."
Learn from the Best
"Professors' personalities really vary, like normal people. But for the most part, as long as you show a genuine interest in class and make an effort, they are more than willing to help you out. "
"Visiting office hours really depends on your relationship with the professor. If I'm a little intimidated by them or dislike them, I'm more likely to get help from a friend or just wing but some professors can be really cool and then it's no big deal to swing by their office."
"For the most part, I have had fantastic professors. I don't think I've had a single professor I haven't gotten along with, and most of them were great instructors."
"Classes range. Big lecture halls, seen more so in freshman year, were a joke, to be honest - too many people in one class. Smaller classes are great, much more intimate of a setting and you really get what you pay for in a class."
"Like always there are some professors who make you want to get up at 8am for lectures and then there are others who you wish didn't have an attendance policy."
"Overall, classes at BU are good. There will always be that ONE class or professor that no one wants to take because everyone complains about it/them. For the most part, classes are challenging, but fair."
"There will always a professor or two that you and no one else likes. Yet there are some amazing professors. These ones will go out of their way and go above and beyond for you. They are the ones that make you laugh when teaching the dryer material. The bring candy in for holidays and reach out when they see you struggling."
"Classes are either 50 minutes or 1 hour and 15 minutes. I find that the 50 minute classes are more effective because it is a long enough time to get information in but short enough where you are not getting antsy and losing interest in the class."
Interests & Involvement
"The most active groups are sororities and fraternities. But there are other activities and clubs that are specifically school-related so they look great on resumes, like Her Campus or The Voice."
"There's a clubs and activities fair at the beginning of every fall semester, so you can see what's available and talk to students from the organizations you're interested in."
"I love being involved because it gives me a sense of accomplishment, and I know I'm helping others and actually challenging myself in school instead of just floating through college."
"I am a member of the greek organization Phi Iota Chi also known as Pixies in the Bloom world. It has been the most amazing experience of my life to be apart of this organization. I wouldn't trade it for the world. Greek life is very popular at Bloomsburg."
"There are so many different extracurricular activities to do one campus. BU offers everything from club sports and greek life to writing for the campus newspaper. There truly is something for everyone. Club sports are popular at BU, as well as program board and the concert committee."
"I played on the varsity field hockey team and I loved the fact that it gave me immediate friends even before I got to Bloomsburg. It also taught me a lot about myself and life. I am also involved in a lot of volunteer work through the field hockey team."
"Greek Life is definitely the most popular on campus, next to sports, as they are the largest. I love being involved, because it keeps me busy and gives me a sense of productivity and accomplishment. I've met some of the best friend I've ever had in my sorority, and I can say without a doubt, a few of my future bridesmaids as well."
"I'd say the most popular is our Best Buddies chapter at our university."
"I'm proud to be a student at a school with such a strong sports program. BU huskies always show their pride, whether it be at a football game, basketball game, or swim meet, the student body is always excited to be apart of the event."
"Football, like most schools, is our biggest sport and our team is usually pretty good! A decent amount of students go to home games but we're a little too small of a school to have that classic "tailgate and football weekend" like bigger schools do."
"Athletes seem to interact with each other a lot; you'll see flocks of them on campus, but they're approachable."
"Intramural and club sports are a lot of fun, especially if you're making a team with your friends."
"I love how anyone can join the club sports at Bloom. This way there is little pressure but you still get to have fun playing the sport you love."
"Intramural and club sports are so popular at BU and definitely something that everyone should get involved in!"
"There are infinite amount of clubs and organizations there is even a gender studies major with a feminists concentration. The university is very pro-sex equality. I find that girls are involved in more things than boys sometimes like when it comes to Res. Life and there are so many sororities and I personally know many girls who are OWLs."
"There seems to be an unwritten rule that all girls must wear yoga pants, Uggs, North Face jackets and carry Vera Bradley or Longchamp bags to class."
"We do have a women's resource center on campus that offers a whole bunch of services!"
"There are women's clubs, organizations, and anything you could imagine for females. Being a woman at Bloomsburg is pretty cool, because there is so much available to you, and you're not treated differently because there are a lot more or a lot less men."
"As a woman on campus, I feel equally capable and powerful with males, and I'm sure all other girls on campus would agree. There are plenty of women empowering programs and clubs to get involved with."
"Clothing differs from each and every woman on campus. I love that everyone has their own style."
Food & Drink
"If you have a meal plan, the Commons is probably the best value! It's all you can eat -- but be careful of the Freshman Fifteen - it can happen to the best of us!"
"The IK has great wraps and pizza and has a typical "college-vibe" to it while the Husky is great for anything on-the-go! Roongo's is probably my favorite -- the mashed potato bowl is literally heaven! -- but they only take Flex/Gold so that's a logistical issue."
"I typically eat at the Scranton Commons because there's so much variety--I can have soup and salad or a hot meal like pasta, and let's not even start on the amazing dessert bar. I also like being able to sit down for a meal and take a quick breather from the hustle and bustle of school."
"I eat at the Husky every day for lunch... I love the deli line and all the workers there. I like wraps a lot, and that's what I usually get. Like I said, just about everything in Bloom is walking distance, and so you can walk in town and you'll hit sub places, sushi places, pubs, etc. They're everywhere."
"I love how there is now a Starbucks at both ends of campus - so convenient!"
"The places in town are good, Bloomsburg has a lot of pizza, which is not really an issue at all! Overall, the food in town and on rt. 11 offers some good variety, and the food is of great quality at almost any place you go. My favorite spots in town include Marley's and the Olive Garden!"
"There are places that are within walking distance in town such as La Fontana, Subway, Berrigans, Steph Subs, OIP, and Panera and Olive Garden are just a short drive away. Applebee's is also a short drive away."
"I enjoy the food. I really like the burger studio that's inside the husky lounge because, being a vegetarian, it's harder to find a quick meal that you can grab and go with, but the burger studio has awesome veggie burgers that I am in love with."
One can become extremely bored of the food selection rather quick. Best advice -- switch it up. Don't eat at the same place more than twice a week, and try to avoid hitting up any on-campus dining area right before or right after a class lets out... that's rush hour!
"BU is so great because they always have events going on on campus during the weekends. If you're not the type of person that goes out a lot, then BU is the place for you! There is always something fun happening like billiards in the game room, midnight bingo, or there's a movie playing in the ballroom. The great thing about BU is you get to make the choice of if you want to go out or not, and either way there is something to do."
"The majority of the nightlife is partying on the weekends, which typically start on Thursday in Bloomsburg. Underclassmen typically go to frat parties while upperclassmen can go anywhere from apartment/house parties to the one or two bars in town."
"Walking through town while party-hopping is a little risky if you're underage because the police station is right in the middle of town. But if you're careful, you'll be fine."
"Fraternity and sorority parties are big on the weekends, especially because Bloomsburg seems to be really into Greek life. There are definitely specific Greek organizations that are more popular than others, but they're all a lot of fun-- members and parties."
"People 21 and older party during the week because the bars offer Trivia Tuesday, Wings Wednesday, and Karaoke on Thursday. "Thirsty Thursday" is a real thing in college, though, and it's for everyone, not limited to Greek life."
"Most people drink however I don't think there is much pressure to drink, if you don't drink then you don't hangout with those type of people. Everyone migrates to their own group. No one is being forced to drink against their will."
"I don't think people are pressured into partying but it is so fun to go out here that most people just either want to or don't want to miss out on a night out."
"In college, your feet are your best friend. Everyone walks everywhere. There is a drunk bus that runs on the weekends from the Lion's Gate Apartments and Honey Suckle Apartments. However, everyone else walks."
"Some dorms are nicer than others but the experience is pretty much the same. Keeping your door open throughout the day ensures you'll be social and make friends with people on your hall."
"After freshman year, sophomores might try to live in the on-campus apartments and upperclassmen usually find houses or apartments to live in off-campus."
"I had no complaints about my dorm as a freshman, and I had a great roommate, too. A lot of students move to upper campus or down into town, but I think there are a lot who stay--that's why so many freshmen end up tripled, to make room for the upperclassmen. I typically feel safe in my dorm."
"I have seen random assignments become inseparable and I have seen picking your own roommate be the better option when randoms don't get along."
"Freshman dorms may seem disgusting, but they're so much fun. There's nothing like having an entire hall of people at your disposal all day and night every single day. Disclaimer: be prepared for fire alarms at 5 AM."
"The dorms are very safe because you need to swipe your ID to get in to the building and into the elevator."
"The dorms are very nice and clean. Dorm life is not always so glamourous but I was lucky to be able to live in Columbia which was really nice."
"Freshman dorms are nice! The rooms are exactly what you need in size (unless you're tripled!). The community bathrooms, as well as the rest of the buildings are always clean and kept nice. The dorms are super safe due to the CAs in each building."
"Picking your own roommate is vital if you are picky about who you would like to live with. Considering you are going to be spending A LOT of time with this person for at least two semesters, it's smart to make sure you get along on paper, in order to increase your chances of getting along in person as well. Or, if you are really easy going and don't care who you room with, you could just take whoever they assign you."
"Nightlife in Bloomsburg is super fun. The towns people do come to the bars sometimes but it is 98% students. There are a lot of bars such as Hardware, Good Old Days and Capitol."
"My favorite aspect of the town is the new coffee spot called the Fog and Flame because it is a relaxing place where I can get coffee and do work."
"My least favorite aspect of the town is that the people don't like the students so it is difficult being polite sometimes knowing that they essentially hate us."
"Being a residential and fairly rural environment, there are not a lot of internship opportunities away from the University, unless you're interested in Geisinger. However, a lot of students have part-time jobs in town or in the surrounding area."
"My favorite aspect of the town is its old-timey feel as a college town and all the little shops, like Salvation Army and the bookstore. However, I don't like the traffic because the streets are a bit narrow, and there are a lot of traffic lights, at least on Main."
"The three most popular places to eat are Naps, Em's Pink Wieners, and Tri Pi... They're so much fun to go to on the weekends because it's almost guaranteed that you'll run in to someone you know."
"Bloomsburg offers in-town internship opportunities, and there are a lot in Danville and Sunbury as well. My favorite thing about the town of Bloomsburg is probably how cozy it is. Just walking around, you know you can pretty much get anywhere you want on foot."
"The fountain and Bloom park are awesome places to go to when the weather is nice!"
"The whole town of Bloomsburg is centered around the college. There are all sorts of restaurants and apartments aimed towards college students. You can't go anywhere without seeing Roongo the Husky or the colors maroon and gold plastered on buses or walls or window panes."
"You can find awesome restaurants, respectable internships, beautiful scenic outdoor spots, great apartments, and irreplaceable memories in this small town."
HC's Complete College Guide: Bloomsburg University
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