Freshman Admissions


Bloomsburg University ranks among the top schools in the Northeast according to America’s Best Colleges, published annually by U.S. News and World Report. Yet our cost is well below the national average for all schools, especially of our quality. Additionally, BU offers more than $2 million annually in scholarships.

Application Requirements

Graduates of or seniors in accredited secondary schools or those who have a secondary school equivalency (GED).

  • Complete an official application with $35 non-refundable fee to the Office of Admissions
  • Request transcripts of secondary school grades be sent by the school to the university
  • Take and arrange to have SAT or ACT test scores sent directly from the testing service

When to Apply

Beginning in September, application reviews are made as they are received and on their own merit. Some majors fill quickly, so early application (September through November) is encouraged. To be considered for nursing, your application must be complete by Nov. 15 of your senior year.

BU receives nearly 12,000 applications for admission each year. Our admissions staff evaluates every application on its own merit as they are received. Most students will get a response within three weeks of completing their application.

What BU expects

  • On the new SAT, the average score (with the conversion) for a fall freshman is an 1120. For nursing, we prefer to see an 1150 or higher for consideration on the new SAT. On the old SAT, our average (math and critical reading sections only) is a 1040-1050. Our nursing average is an 1180. If you have taken both the new and old SAT, we will look at both scores independently, and will not super score the sections.
  • On the ACT, our average score is a 23.
  • Top 25 percent of their class
  • Graduated with a high B average
  • Most likely took a typical high school college prep program of study
  • May very well have AP courses that will earn college credit or at least took high school courses that were challenging and demanding
  • Is active in high school and community activities, especially in leadership roles

Acceptance is determined after evaluation of high school work, achievement, SAT or ACT test scores, personal characteristics and enrollment capacity. Decisions are made without regard to race, age, color, creed, national origin, gender or disabilities. What's the next step?

Freshman Choices

“Why did you come here?”

It’s always the first question I get when I tell people I’m from California. If I was paid a dollar for every time I was asked that, I could pay for a new student union building. Sometimes, I like to have fun when people ask why I came to BU. I tell people things like, “I took a wrong turn on the way to Hollywood,” or “I threw a dart at a map and it hit Bloomsburg.” But, as you can imagine, I have no interest in sitting in three hours of LA traffic and I’m awful at darts, so neither are true.

I’m sure my fears coming into my first year at Bloomsburg are the same as many others. Whether it was about making friends, getting along with my roommate, trying to figure where my classroom was, or just figuring out what to eat at Husky, I was stressed. All in all, being an out-of-state student isn’t as scary as it sounds and you’re not as crazy as people think you are for leaving your state or country behind. It’s an opportunity to experience college without any strings attached and learn for yourself, who you want to be.