Transfers are welcome to our friendly campus

Welcome: Welcome

Transfers are welcome to our friendly campus

We’ll make you feel at home

From transfer student to professor — Scott Inch, now a BU professor of mathematics and computer science, first came to campus as a transfer student from a community college. At BU he found the tools, knowledge and support to take his career to a new level.

New Transfer Applicants

Summer, Fall 2014 Transfer Student Application

These majors are competitive for new transfer students; apply early for the best consideration:

  • Biology and Allied Health – closed for summer and fall 2014, except for environmental biology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood/Special Education dual certification
  • Exercise Science
  • Nursing - very limited space. Deadline to apply is Nov. 15 for spring and March 1 for Fall 2014
  • Speech Pathology/Audiology

These majors are closed (or on wait list) to new transfer students:

  • American Sign Language/Interpreting - wait list only
  • Engineering 3+2 - closed to all external transfers for all semesters
  • Medical Imaging - closed to all external transfers for all semesters
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy - closed to all external transfers for all semesters
  • Both MIS tracks in College of Business are discontinued, effective Fall 2011

Questions: Contact Maramonne directly at

Meet Maramonne in Person

  • April 9 – HACC Main Campus – transfer fair – 10am-2pm
  • April 16 – Lackawanna – 10am-1pm- BU only

If you’re a community college student, or simply deciding to change institutions, Bloomsburg University is a great choice for taking your education to a higher degree. As a Bloomsburg University student, you’ll be taught by expert faculty who know your name. You’ll enjoy the facilities of one of the largest and best-equipped universities in Eastern Pennsylvania.

And when you graduate, you’ll join a network of more than 55,000 active alumni.

The preparation you receive and the connections you make will give you a foundation for success in your career — and in life.

Your credits will count

The credits you’ve earned at a two-year or four-year college will count at Bloomsburg.

After an evaluation of the courses that will transfer to BU, up to 60 credits will be accepted from a two-year college and up to 90 credits will transfer from a four-year institution if those institutions are accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Higher Education or its regional equivalent.

If you’ve earned your associate’s degree, you can expect to complete your bachelor’s degree in just two years, depending on the major.


Any student who is in good standing with their current/previous college or university is eligible to transfer to BU. Due to the large number of applicants, a GPA of 2.5 is preferable and is required for many majors.
Transfer applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered. BU's education major requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for consideration.
If you were once enrolled at Bloomsburg University as a degree-seeking student, do not fill out this application. You must complete the readmission application.
Note: Majors that are closed for admission will be advertised on the Admissions Home Page.

Applying is easy

  • Complete and submit an Online Transfer Application and $35 non-refundable fee to the Office of Admissions
  • Request official high school transcripts to be sent by the school to the Office of Admissions
  • Arrange to have SAT or ACT test scores sent to the university
    (if transferring with less than 24 credits)
  • Request official college transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended. Your official transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing source to the BU admissions office.

Applicants who have earned more than 24 credits will be evaluated for admission based on their college transcripts. Upon completion of 24 credits, SATs or ACTs are not required. Students who have not completed 24 credits at the college level will be evaluated on their high school and college transcripts and must meet the minimum admissions guidelines for freshman.

When to apply

Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the major or semester reaches capacity and is closed. Apply early, as many majors fill
up quickly and are very competitive.

Financial aid

You are eligible for financial aid at Bloomsburg University, just like you were at your previous school. Financial aid will not automatically transfer, so contact the financial aid office to make sure all forms are in order. Before financial aid can be finalized, we’ll evaluate transfer credits.Federal regulations require that first-time Federal Stafford Loan recipients at BU must complete entrance counseling requirements before receiving loan funds.

Additional Information

Credit Evaluation — The Academic Passport between the Pennsylvania Community Colleges and The State System of Higher Education universities, allows for the transfer of courses where the grades of C- and D are earned, provided the overall GPA is above 2.0. Courses taken at other institutions where a grade of C- or lower is earned will not transfer. BU will not accept credits earned by examination at other colleges. The university accepts CLEP general exams taken prior to enrolling at BU. CLEP subject examinations may be taken prior to or after enrolling at the university.

Housing — Transfer students are not guaranteed housing on campus. However, for a current list of off-campus housing vacancies, visit the off-campus housing page or call 570-389-3590 or 570-389-4734.

Articulation Agreements

Dual admission programs at schools such as Luzerne and Lehigh County Community Colleges guarantee students admission to Bloomsburg University (for most majors) upon completion of an associate's degree. Students must also meet the standard admission requirements for the BU major.

2+2 programs — Students who have completed an associate's degree at Luzerne County Community College are able to complete a bachelor's degree at BU in two years provided they have followed the appropriate curriculum guide. These curriculum guides (called 2+2 programs) have been developed for many BU majors. The Early Childhood Education Completion Program is designed for students who graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and successfully complete the Praxis I examination. The final 60 credits for a bachelor’s degree in elementary education will be earned from BU.

BU has articulation agreements with a number of community and four-year colleges, including others in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Learn more