Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg University seal.png
Established 1839
Type Public
President David L. Soltz
Admin. staff 520 (total full-time and part-time)
Undergraduates 9,201
Postgraduates 749
Location Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Town (282 acre campus)
Former names Bloomsburg Literary Institute
Bloomsburg State College
Bloomsburg Normal School
Colors Maroon and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IIPSAC (East)
Nickname Huskies
Mascot Roongo
Affiliations PASSHE
Keystone Library Network
Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly referred to as Bloomsburg, BU or Bloom, is a comprehensive public university located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania,[1][2] United States. It is one of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Founded in 1839 as the Bloomsburg Literary Institute, the university currently enrolls nearly 9,000 undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology and more than 800 graduate students in upper‐level programs. The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, AACSB, NCATE, ABET, and other specialized accrediting agencies.


An academy "to teach the youth the elements of a classical education" was established in Bloomsburg in 1839. The academy continued until 1856 when it was reorganized as Bloomsburg Literary Institute. A building – now known as Carver Hall in memory of Henry Carver, the first principal – was erected in 1867 and, today, is the university’s landmark and home to offices of the president and provost.

Bloomsburg Literary Institute became Bloomsburg Literary Institute and State Normal School in 1869. The school continued under this name until 1916 when it was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and named Bloomsburg State Normal School.

The emphasis at the Normal School changed during the early 1920s from secondary and college preparatory courses for special teachers to full-time teacher education. The new direction led to the designation “Bloomsburg State Teachers College” in 1927. The institution was authorized to grant a bachelor of science in education, a degree which prepared students for teaching careers.

Under the administration of Francis Haas (1927 to 1937), a new degree in business education was added. The next president, Harvey Andruss, served for 30 years (1939 to 1969) and is memorialized in the name of the university’s library. During World War II, the U.S. Navy V-12 Officer Training Program was conducted on campus, a service now commemorated in the naming of Navy Hall. In 1957, the Division of Special Education was instituted. Major expansions in facilities, faculty and student body followed.

In 1960, the school’s name was changed to Bloomsburg State College. Authorization was received to grant a bachelor of arts for liberal arts programs in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and mathematics. Graduate study leading to a master of education was inaugurated. A doctoral program in clinical audiology, in conjunction with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was approved in 2003.

The institution’s current title, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, was officially adopted when commonwealth legislation established the 14-member State System of Higher Education on July 1, 1983. James McCormick, BU’s president at the time, became the System’s first chancellor. David L. Soltz became BU’s 18th president in January 2008. [3]


Bloomsburg's Andruss Library

Bloomsburg University offers 54 programs leading to bachelor's degrees, 45 minors and 20 graduate programs, including a doctorate in audiology and nursing practice. Additionally the university reaches out to the community with non-credit lifelong learning courses.

College of Business[edit]

Situated in the newly renovated Sutliff Hall, Bloomsburg's College of Business (COB) offers AACSB accredited degrees in accounting, business education, finance, information technology management, management, and marketing. One of the unique feature of the COB at Bloomsburg is its innovative ZIPD program [4] that is tied into the business curriculum. ZIPD is designed to build the personal and professional capacities necessary for career success through training and education in business etiquette, professional attire, interviewing, networking and resume writing. ZIPD also hosts annual conferences for students to connect with alumni and world renowned employers.

Sutliff Hall - Home to the College of Business

College of Education[edit]

Bloomsburg is long known for its rigorous teaching educational programs. The College of Education offers degrees in early childhood education, exceptionality programs, and secondary education.

College of Science and Technology[edit]

The College of Science and Technology offers multiple degrees in several unique fields. [5] The newly renovated Hartline Science Center is home to one of the largest and most modern science buildings in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Students have access to cutting edge technology both in and outside of the classroom with experiential learning.

The academic quad

College of Liberal Arts[edit]

The College of Liberal Arts, which houses multiple degrees at Bloomsburg University, promoting the intellectual and practical skills employers value most, including effective written and oral communication, problem solving and the ability to work effectively with others. Graduates find success in a variety of careers and graduate school, taking with them greater understanding of personal and social responsibility, the importance of the arts, and the diversity of human cultures.

School of Graduate Studies[edit]

Bloomsburg University has more than 800 graduate students majoring in more than 18 master's level programs and a doctoral programs. The graduate programs cover a wide range of disciplines from clinical athletic training to business administration to special education.


The University currently employs approximately 555 faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is roughly 21 to 1 with 95% of its faculty holding the highest degree in their field. [6]


Bloomsburg University is ranked on several lists of top colleges for both Pennsylvania and the United States. [7]

  • In the 2013 edition, US News and World Report ranked Bloomsburg 95th in the "Regional Universities (North)" category. [8] Nursing, Business, and Speech-Pathology were also ranked highly in their respective categories.
  • BU was featured on Washington Monthly’s 2013 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings, a national list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. BU ranked 113th out of 1,572 schools in Washington Monthly’s broader rankings.
  • Online College Database, which uses data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, ranked BU third on its list of top PA Colleges for Future Service members, which includes non-profit, four-year colleges that offer at least two ROTC programs on campus and charge less than $20,000 yearly tuition.
  • Affordable Colleges Online ranked BU 36th out of 81 Pennsylvania schools on its list of Top Colleges for Return on Investment, which takes into account low net costs and high lifetime earnings.


In 2012/2013 Bloomsburg University received 10,379 applications and accepted 7,015 (68%) of those applicants making Bloomsburg selective in its admission standards.[9] The entering class had an average GPA of 3.39 and an average combined SAT score of 1040. [10]


Bloomsburg teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II and Division I for Wrestling. The Huskies are a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and track & field.

In 2013, the Bloomsburg Huskies football team ranked 16 in the nation for Division II football and won the PSAC championship. The Huskie Wrestling team competes for Division I and is coached by Jason Mester as he begins his first season as head coach at Bloomsburg University.[11]The Nelson Field House, located on Bloomsburg University’s upper campus, serves as home for the University’s Huskie Wrestling team dual meets and tournaments.[12]


Carver Hall - a key administration building on campus

Bloomsburg University overlooks the town of Bloomsburg, situated a few hundred yards from the community's business district. Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital is across the street from a cluster of residence halls. The lower campus consists of seven residence halls, administration buildings, a student services center, campus dining, instructional buildings, library and recreational and social facilities. Upper campus is about a half-mile away, and is connected by shuttle service. It contains athletic facilities, three university-owned student apartment complexes, and a dining and conference facility. It is also home to Huskies athletics, including the Nelson Field House; Redman Stadium; fields for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, baseball and softball; and a tennis center.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Prominent alumni of Bloomsburg University include:

Thomas McGarvey, All About Insurance


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°00′29″N 76°26′53″W / 41.008°N 76.448°W / 41.008; -76.448