Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg, PA, USA

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
3.93 Average Rating

Sarah from Halifax, PA

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There are many opportunities to learn at Bloomsburg University. Classes pertaining to your major tend to be more interesting than the general education classes. I am a nursing student, and it seems that every nursing related class has an enormous amount of information to learn. The material is worth learning and interested me very much, but if you are not going to apply yourself, the classes become tedious. General education classes seem to drag on if they are not important to you. However, sometimes a class will surprisingly intrigue you.
Am enjoying being here
The campus is gorgeous without a doubt. The program board schedules activities weekly to offer fun ways to relax and have a good time. If you want to get away from campus there is a park a little over a mile away. Downtown has a variety of shops and restaurants along Main Street. At night, downtown turns into the party scene known to Bloomsburg. Overall, Bloomsburg University has a well rounded availability of activities to keep students busy.
Bang for the buck
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the larger, more expensive universities, but do not want to go to a community college, Bloomsburg is a good choice. The tuition and fees are reasonable for a state school, even with the recent increase of tuition. Bloomsburg does not offer many scholarships to freshmen, but there are exclusive scholarships offered to transfer students and upperclassmen. The majority of them pertain to your declared major. Overall, Bloomsburg is a big bang for the buck.
Tips for prospective students
1. If you are a city person, Bloomsburg probably is not the school for you.
2. Give it your best shot! - This is the doorway to your future. The process is worth your effort.
3. Have fun! - Get the college experience. Although studying all the time will help you earn good grades, you are missing out on a great opportunity to open your horizons.
Great for these types of students
Bloomsburg is known for its nursing, education, and medical imaging programs. If you are interested in any of these, this school could be the one for you. Class sizes are variable. There are large lectures and small sized classes for almost all of the courses, so do not fret the stereotypical 300+ student class. For the most part there is usually an alternative.
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Natalie from Milton, PA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
A lot of people seem to find state schools to be cop-out schools. On the contrary, Bloomsburg does provide challenges for those willing to go for it. Certainly there are those easy-A courses, but the majority of the classes really focus on teaching and helping the student RETAIN information. The faculty are almost all willing and eager to help and even take suggestions. Many of my own professors love to find ways to make class fun and interesting.
Am enjoying being here
I love my school. The faculty are very personal and the campus is lovely. There are actually quite a few things to do for it being in a relatively small town. The over-all experience is wonderful. Sometimes the students who don't care and always come to class drunk do get annoying. You will find them at most schools, but Bloom does need to, and is currently, working on that problem.
Bang for the buck
This school is super affordable and I'm getting a good education. I'm a commuter and it makes it A LOT cheaper, with grants and scholarships helping me only have to pay about 6,000 out of pocket for a full year. The books can be expensive, but they are easliy found online for much cheaper prices. Bloom is an accredited school that provides some wonderful facilities and classes that would cost three times as much at any other school.
Tips for prospective students
Try and get to know your faculty and the people around you. Having connections at Bloom will help you through a lot of speed bumps. Also try testing out of whatever you can, it'll get you out of the classes you don't need to take because you could pass them easily and in the end save you money and time. Last but not least, get involved with clubs to up your chances of financial aid and take a well-rounded set of classes to make your resume stand out.
Great for these types of students
Great for students who want to : teach, be a nurse, major in speech pathology, anthropology, Mass Comm, Comm, and Exercise Science.
Great for those who like personal settings; just avoid the lecture halls.
Good for those who want to do more than just class-work 100% of their time
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Zachary from Mount Joy, PA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors are very knowledgeable in their respective fields. In my experience, if a student asks a question that the professor can not answer, most professors will be willing to research the question and return with an answer at a later time. Unlike some larger schools, classes are not taught by graduate students, but solely by professors. These professors are not just committed to educating the students, but are just as determined to continue expanding their own horizons, creating an incredible learning environment.
Am enjoying being here
Despite its out of the way location, there is always something to do in the general area. The various groups, clubs, and organizations on campus hold a multitude of events throughout the semester, offering cheap or even free forms of entertainment. Additionally, life in the residence halls is perfect for fostering new friendships and really offers a sense of community within your floor or throughout your building.
Bang for the buck
As a part of the Pennsylvania State School System, Bloomsburg offers a very affordable tuition. Additionally, there are many different grants and scholarships that incoming student can apply for to ease the costs of tuition and housing. While it may not carry the same prestige associated with some of the larger or better-known schools, the education received is still of an excellent quality.
Tips for prospective students
The best tip I can give to new students is to get involved. Whatever it is you may be interested in, find the organization and join. If there isn't already a group related to your interests, you can always start your own. Take advantage of this time in your life when you are no longer stuck under your parents but aren't yet out all alone. Try new things, make new friends, and just get involved.
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MCB Morristown, NJ

a current student here
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In three sentences
Bloomsburg University, BU in short, is a challenging but fun college experience. After applying to 10 schools and getting accepted to them all, Bloom was my first choice, and I couldn't have made a better decision.
Tips for prospective students
Bloomsburg is selective and its getting more competitive every year with its high number of applicants. The biggest factor when it comes to the admissions decision is GPA so keep that high along with your SAT scores. Also, visit every campus that you apply to. One of the main reasons I choose Bloomsburg was because the campus just felt right.
Academic Rigor
As a business major I take difficult classes. It's not easy but the professors make it worth it. Also the nearly 100% graduation placement rate gives you some incentive to pass your classes too. ;) As for gen eds, those aren't too hard but you will still pickup information from them. Overall you get a well rounded education coming to Bloomsburg and the professors will make you work for your grade.
Dorm Life
As a transfer I got to live in an on campus apartment my first semester here. So I have no complaints. But I have friends who live in dorms and their only complaint is noise. However, depending on your CA (some are more strict than others) that might not be an issue.
Food and Dining
It's hit or miss eating in the main dining hall. (Scranton Commons.) Some days they have good food, sometimes they don't. Thankfully there is a lot of variety if you end up getting bored of the Commons. For instance you can eat at Italian Kitchen, Subway, Monty's (in upper campus), or The Husky using your meal plan.
What to do for fun
There is a lot to do here. Whether you want to party or not, there is always something happening. If you go looking for a party, you will find one. If you want to stay in with a couple of friends and watch netflix, surely you will find others doing that to do. In town there are also multiple restaurants, a movie theater, and shops.
Bang for the buck
As an out of state student from New Jersey, BU is still cheaper than most NJ state universities. Given the quality of education at bloomsburg, it's (mostly) modern facilities, and general college atmosphere I'm surprised at how inexpensive bloomsburg is.
Great for these types of students
Bloomsburg is great for just about anyone. The campus community is very diverse. You could be a nerd, gamer, partier, or athlete and always fit in. It's not like highschool, everyone is nice and accepting here. (For the most part.) Do note if your only interest is partying here, you will have to make some lifestyle changes to adapt to the academic rigor.
Clubs and Activities
I've only done marching band here which was only okay. I've heard great things about other clubs and activities though.
Greek Life
It exists. You see events around campus promoting greek life along with various community service activities. It does not dominate the campus however and no one will judge you if you join greek life or don't.
Campus Safety
Bloomsburg is a safe town. I've never felt unsafe walking alone.
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Kaitlyn from Dunmore, PA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Every class I have taken so far I have gained knowledge both for my professional career as well as for the real world. The teachers are very personable and are willing to help you understand any way they can. Not only do they hold office hours, but they also offer their email addresses and phone numbers so they can readily help with any questions a student has. Bloomsburg offers a variety of classes and the curriculum allows students to chose classes they want to take, just for fun, along with the required courses for each major.
Am enjoying being here
During my freshman year, I had a difficult time adjusting being away from home. After joining a few clubs and organizations, I felt more at ease and now, entering my junior year, I never want to leave. There are so many things to get involved in and I love all of the classes I have taken. The campus is beautiful and the best part is, you can set your classes up so that you can have free time to hang out on the quad, go to the gym or play Frisbee on the lawn. There are also a lot of places available to live in. After living in the dorms, I decided to live in one of the University On Campus apartments which meant I got my own room. There are 4 apartment complexes on campus that are walking distance to the school as well as many rented apartment spaces downtown that are also within walking distance. Bloomsburg offers so many options to students regarding classes, organizations, sports as well as living areas.
Bang for the buck
This is a state University so it is relatively cheap. As a PA citizen you have more of an advantage as well. The books can be pretty expensive but because the professors put their requirements online about 2 months before the semester starts, a lot of students try to find cheaper prices on sites such as amazon or ebay. Bloomsburg is an accredited school that offers a wide variety of majors. The two most popular are probably Education and Speech Pathology. If you are interested in Speech Pathology/Audiology, Bloomsburg has one of the top accredited programs for both a bachelors and a masters degree. Bloomsburg is also a great school for those requiring financial aid. They also offer many work study positions each semester that I would highly recommend you look into.
Tips for prospective students
The number one piece of advice for students is to get involved! Being a freshman in a new place away from home can be very intimidating. But remember, every freshman is feeling the same way. By getting involved and making friends, you will lose that anxiety and find that these years are the best times of your life,
Another tip would be to study hard. Because you have more time on your hands, you need to learn how to manage it. Every major at Bloomsburg is competitive and requires a lot of hard work and a certain GPA, especially for students in the health care and education fields. Take time to study a little everyday and you will find that you will be a lot less stressed come the night before the test.
Also, don't freak out after the first test in each class. Every professor tests differently and you need different study techniques for each class. Before the semester starts, ask around to see how other students studied for that class. Sometimes it is better to use flashcards for one class, while it is better to read the book for another. Once you take the first test, you will have a better idea of how to study for that particular class.
Great for these types of students
Hard working and goal oriented students. This is a pretty large campus but the community is like a small town family, so if you grew up in a small town, then this is the place for you. And also, like any college, there are parties, but if you learn how to balance your studies and your social life, your college years will be very beneficial.
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Tishawna from Harrisburg, PA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
At Bloomsburg University, I have learned so much for my first semester. It is a blessing to wake up every morning and going to class, knowing that you are going to get the education needed to succeed. The professors are willing to work with you and help you become a better student. Every class is equipped with a professor that is able to teach you the necessary material needed to pass. I've learned a lot from not only my major classes but also from general education classes. My high school did not prepare me for this so it was a challenge, but I am catching on and learning a lot!
Am enjoying being here
I love being at Bloomsburg University. When its Christmas break or Thanksgiving break, I am always so eager to return back to Bloomsburg University. I met new people and professors. The food is really good and the environment is a natural clean feeling. Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable, but overall it's amazing. There are activities going on all the time and there are plenty of groups to join such as Gospel Choir, Program Board, Fraternities, Sororities, Sports, Band, etc. There is so much to do on campus!
Bang for the buck
Bloomsburg University is definitely not an expensive school compared to others. Financial aid plays a big role for your college tuition. They also offer scholarships! Paying for books can be a hassle sometimes so they provide a book loan in the beginning of the semester to buy books that you need for class and they will take it out of your refund check. It's amazing what they can do to help you. Some people say that meal plans are expensive but it is totally worth every penny! You can select your meal plan to what is affordable for you!
Tips for prospective students
For all students who would like to attend this university, I say, be prepared for anything. There is much to learn starting out as a freshmen but there are also people that are there to help. If you find yourself struggling, you can apply for tutoring and visit your professor for extra help during office hours. You have to be ready to learn and determine to accomplish anything!
Great for these types of students
This college was made for students that are willing to do what ever it takes to succeed. Students have to be prepared for anything. Setting goals for yourself is a great way to achieve them with no problem. Time management is also important. Having a daily planner and a calendar can also help you finish things on time. If you are willing to participate and join the movement, then this is the school for you!
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Kaycee from Williamsport, PA

a past student here
4 people found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
The classes here are very information packed. I definitely learned a vast majority of what I believe to be useful information at Bloomsburg University. The information from one class seemed to correspond with other classes I was taking and reinforced learning those concepts.
Did enjoy being here
I enjoyed Bloomsburg University a lot. Not only were the classes stimulating, but the campus was beautifully laid out. I likewise enjoyed the community inside the university itself. The network of faculty and staff are all so helpful and are always willing to answer questions.
Bang for the buck
Being a state school, it is a cheaper option than private schools. I believe what Bloomsburg included in their bills seems agreeable for what I received there.
Tips for prospective students
My main tip for incoming students is to figure out the layout of the campus prior to going there. It makes for a much smoother transition into living there and makes finding classes easier.
Great for these types of students
This college is excellent for any science majors. Bloomsburg University has a vast science and technology program that is both rigorous and worthwhile.
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Abraham from Philadelphia, PA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
When I think of Bloomsburg I think of three things, Passionate, Integrity and Family. The atmosphere you get here is the same as what you would feel at home. Bloomsburg is a place like no other.
Tips for prospective students
The biggest things students should consider is how you manage your time. Managing your time is the biggest aspect of college life because you have so much time for yourself that you wouldn't know how to spend your time up here. My advice, MANAGE YOUR TIME!
Academic Rigor
There are lots of classes and majors to choose from. Nothing in life is easy, but hard work defines what a Husky (Bloomsburg mascot) means. In order to prepare for classes, plan, organize, study, read daily, and most importantly, ask questions.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is excellent. There are vast amounts of dorms to live in and it's a great way to meet people and you learn independence by living on your own.
Food and Dining
You have choices off- and on-campus to eat. Food and Dining Halls are ubiquitous and you have lots of choices to choose from. The food is excellent, inexpensive and the overall atmosphere is enjoyable.
What to do for fun
The activities here at Bloomsburg are endless. You can go to the movies, join clubs, go to the gym, go to the game room, other people dorms, etc. the list goes on and on.
Great for these types of students
Bloomsburg is great for all types of students. There are people of every race, religion and ethnic groups. There's diversity and that's important because it's a great thing to learn about other cultures.
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Michele from Alburtis, PA

a current student here
22 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
It's really what you put into it. If you go into class thinking, Oh, this is an easy GPA booster that I won't have to work for you're not going to enjoy the class as much as if you actually take an interest in the course material. Get to know your professors! Most of the staff loves their job and wants to reach out and make personal connections with their students.
Am enjoying being here
The best advice is to get involved. Moving out on your own can be overwhelming, but remember there are 1,000 other students feeling the same way you are. The more connections you make, the busier you are, the less homesick you will feel.
Bang for the buck
Bloomsburg is especially advantageous for education majors; initially set up as a state school for educating prospective teachers, BU's tradition in education excellence continues. Speech pathology is another strong major - it's one of the top 10 schools on the East Coast for speech pathology. Accounting and Business are also popular.
Tips for prospective students
Find a balance between taking college seriously and having fun. College is the next step in moving into the real world, but by the same token you'll never get your college years back again. Branch out, try new things, really discover who you are.
Great for these types of students
Those who take their education seriously but also know how to reward themselves for hard work will thrive at Bloomsburg. Like any college town, parties are occuring on any given night; the most successful student will learn how to balance their education and their social life in a way that will provide a full and enjoyable college experience.
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Darrin from Pine Grove, PA

a current student here
9 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors here are the tops in their fields of study. Nearly all have their terminal Ph.D. degrees, and they have good, credible experience teaching and doing research in the field. They keep up-to-date with all the current research going on, and you are definitely well informed! Best of all, they project the information in such a way that it sticks with you and you actually learn the material to apply in practical situations.
Am enjoying being here
It's such a beautiful campus with its well-kept grounds, updated classrooms and facilities, and the people are genuinely friendly to you. I felt like I was at home the first time I stepped on campus to visit in my high school year (Fall 2007). So many activities are sponsored by the school and definitely help you come out of your shell.
Bang for the buck
It's a state school in PA, and so, if you are a PA resident, it's pretty cheap. Tuition usually runs at $6,000 a year, including fees associated with it. Even for out of state students, the price to attend here is much cheaper than it is at a lot of other schools. For having many professional accreditations and outstanding academic programs recognized nationally (especially business, chemistry, and education), this is a great price for such an education!
Tips for prospective students
Apply early, be sure to have an outstanding list of extracurricular activities, and maintain at least a B average in your high school classes. It is a very selective school because so many students apply to BU every year, and so, only those who stand out to the admissions committee will be accepted. Be sure to actually visit the campus as well and talk to many students (not just one) currently enrolled to get a broad, unbiased idea of what the campus is like. Once in college, be sure to study often and become involved in your education!
Great for these types of students
Self-motivated, independent, and achievement-oriented students. Those who want to attend a big university in a small, rural town also may find this campus quite a fit.
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