Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
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|President||Bashar W. Hanna |
|Colors||Maroon and gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – PSAC|
|Affiliations||Keystone Library Network|
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly referred to as Bloomsburg, BU or Bloom, is a comprehensive public university located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. It is one of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Bloomsburg University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by AACSB, NCATE, ABET, and by many other specialized accrediting agencies.
It was established as Bloomsburg Academy in 1839. In 1856 it was renamed Bloomsburg Literary Institute. The name became Bloomsburg Literary Institute and State Normal School in 1869. In 1916 the state of Pennsylvania took control and named it Bloomsburg State Normal School. The name was changed to Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1927. In 1960 the name was changed to Bloomsburg State College. The name was changed to the current Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on July 1, 1983.
Programs and clubs
Bloomsburg University offers 57 undergraduate majors, 66 undergraduate minors and 21 graduate programs. The school has more than 250 student clubs and organizations.
- 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.
- In 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranked BU #102 in Regional Universities North.
In 2012/2013 Bloomsburg University received 10,379 applications and accepted 7,015 (68%) of these applicants making Bloomsburg selective in its admission standards. The entering class had an average GPA of 3.39 and an average combined SAT score of 1040.
Bloomsburg teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) for most sports and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in Division I for wrestling. The Huskies 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, track & field and volleyball.
Bloomsburg University overlooks the town of Bloomsburg, and is 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, 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 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.
- Dennis Bermudez, professional MMA fighter in the UFC 
- Chuck Daly, NBA coach
- Jahri Evans, NFL player
- Mark Schweiker, former Governor of Pennsylvania
- Jimmi Simpson, actor
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