Integration FAQs

1. Why is Bloomsburg University being integrated with Mansfield and Lock Haven?

Centered on student success, our shared vision is to expand high-quality educational opportunities for students, position institutions for growth, and meet regional economic and workforce needs across Pennsylvania. At a time when universities across the country, including our own, are financially challenged, integration would creatively ensure that its institutions are open, vibrant, and equipped to support our students toward building a successful future.

2. I'm a current student. Will I be able to finish my degree at BU?

Yes. Access a greater range of programs and faculty expertise than any single university can offer.

Select from an expanded array of academic programs, offering nearly double the program options for Lock Haven and Mansfield students.

A typical student will take most in-person courses at their home campus and potentially some through real-time remote learning. There is no plan to move any face-to-face programs currently offered at BU to another campus, and general education courses will continue to be offered at each campus.

That's a prime reason why the State System is exploring an integrations approach that keeps all institutions open, focuses on student success, maintains efficient time to degree completion, and delivers on cost efficiencies. All which directly impact the total price a student pays. Any eventual plan would be designed to ensure our universities continue offering students the programs they want and our region need.

3. I'm a prospective student, will I be able to start and finish the degree I'm interested in at BU?

Yes. In fact, it has never been a better time to be a student at BU. You will be able to finish your program of study and earn your degree at BU. You will also have access to many new opportunities, experiences, and degree programs that will arise from university integrations.

4. Will BU continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs?

Yes. BU will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs as we do now at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels. As envisioned, university integration will allow BU students access to an expanded array of courses, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials that can help students maintain efficient time to graduation.

For a full list of current degree programs, visit our academics page.

5. Will all of my classes be online due to integration?

No. You can expect a traditional, residential campus experience at BU with courses delivered on-campus and with the close personal interaction with your professors that BU is known for. There is no plan to move any face-to-face programs currently offered at BU to another campus, and general education courses will continue to be offered at each campus.

Integration will create many new opportunities to access courses, majors, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials. Some courses and programs may be conducted remotely and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses. This is a model that BU has undertaken with great success with our BASTL and MBA programs.

6. Will students have to switch between campuses?

As envisioned, university integrations would allow for courses and programs to be conducted in-person, remotely, and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses.

7. Will we still be called Bloomsburg University?

Yes. The name Bloomsburg will remain. Our logo, beloved Husky mascot, and traditions will remain.

8. Will the cost of attendance change?

The State System's mission is to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education across the Commonwealth, and this approach is designed to bolster that mission.

9. What will happen to BU's athletic programs?

Athletics remain an important part of our campus culture, and we are pursuing a path with the NCAA where each campus will retain its current complement of athletic teams. While we don’t know all the answers about what the future athletics programs will look like, we remain committed to our goal of maintaining complementary teams at each university. Bloomsburg University will continue to field the full complement of varsity athletics programs on campus as this process continues.

10. What is the process for integration?

To succeed individually, we must succeed in common. 500+ students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community leaders have been participating in the Northeast Integration planning since September 2020.

Following the April Board of Governor’s Meeting, there will be a 60-day public comment period. At its summer meeting, the Board will vote regarding the integration moving forward.

The process for integrating State System universities is defined by law in Act 50. It is transparent, consultative, analytical, and intended to seek solutions, not implement solutions that have been predetermined. The process is conducted in partnership with the General Assembly through quarterly check-ins with House and Senate Education and Appropriations Committees.

11. When will a plan be available?

The goals and priority considerations for integration are available on the State System Integrations webpage.

12. Will there be administrative, faculty, and/or staff reductions as a result of integrations?

The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of over a year from review to final proposal. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential employment impacts of any potential multi-university integration, but the State System remains committed to an open, transparent, and consultative process from start to finish.

13. How soon could the proposed integration become reality?

At its summer meeting, the Board of Governors will vote regarding the integration moving forward. Following a year of implementation planning to operationalize the integration strategies, the integrated entity would come together beginning in July of 2022.