Incoming Act 101/EOP Students

Incoming Act 101/EOP Students

Students admitted to Bloomsburg University through Act 101/EOP will no longer be required to take the Accuplacer Test before admission. Beginning this summer they will participate in the ALEKS Math Placement Testing and complete the six-week, Summer Preparatory Academy (SPA) program.

Students who earn a 2.0 GPA at the end of the SPA program will guarantee their Fall admission. In addition, faculty assessment will also help determine each student's potential for success during each week of the summer program based on academic progress. Attendance at Bloomsburg University in the fall is guaranteed only if these criteria are met.

Mentoring Program

The Act 101/EOP Mentoring Program is designed to help New Freshmen develop a network and establish connections to Bloomsburg University through Individual Mentoring and Bi-weekly Discussion Groups. New Freshmen (mentees) are matched with a peer mentor, who is a volunteer BU student, or a faculty staff member. Discussion Groups give students an opportunity to share and gain experiences with their peers. Students meet biweekly to discuss their academic and personal concerns in groups, which are facilitated by Act 101/EOP program assistants and graduate students.

Academic Progress

A new policy has been approved to place students into First-Year English and Mathematics courses so they no longer will be enrolled in remedial courses during the summer. A limited number of Enrichment 60 (Writing 2) courses will be offered only in the fall and spring semesters for selected students based on needs. Beginning Fall 2017, all Reading and Writing courses will be replaced by new Enrichment 120 (College Reading and Study Skills), a three-credit course that can be applied towards graduation. This course will be presented using co-requisite instructional strategies that support college-level courses offered in the summer, such as BUSED 101, COMMSTUD 103, ENGLISH 152, HISTORY 121, and SPECED 101. Students in Act 101/EOP typically take more than four years to graduate. With the co-requisite delivery model students are enrolled in two complimentary courses and receive targeted support to help boost their understanding and learning of college-level course material.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Financial aid advising is provided by the Act 101/EOP staff and supplements efforts of the university's financial aid office. Sources of Financial aid include the Federal Pell Grant, the PHEAA state grant and loans. Students eligible for financial aid may have as much as 90 percent of the cost covered for the summer program.

Who applies to be a part of the Act 101 program?

Approximately 550 students are enrolled in Act 101/EOP at the university. About half represent minorities, 60 percent are women, 20 percent are older than typical college freshmen, and they come from urban and rural environments. Students share two common characteristics.

They don't match the usual admissions profile and they possess a financial, cultural, social, or education disadvantage as defined by state or university program guidelines. In addition, students may enter Bloomsburg University through Act 101/EOP with pre-existing disabilities.

What’s the difference between an Act 101 student and EOP student?

Act 101 – students identified as Act 101 must meet the requirements for Act 101 Program eligibility based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • Must be at an “Economic Disadvantage” based on Federal Poverty Guidelines and Income limits
  • Must be at “Educationally Deficient” (see Director or webpage for specifics)
  • In addition, students must be judged at an “Educational Disadvantage,” or unlikely to succeed educationally at the institution, if they are predicted to have a postsecondary GPA of 2.0 or less.

    EOP – EOP students can be non-PA residents, or PA-residents, who meet or exceed the economic eligibility criteria for Act 101, but have similar student profiles.

    How will Act 101/EOP help my academic progress?

    The Act 101/EOP Director receives mid-term grade reports for students until they have completed 60 hours of study and have earned a GPA of 2.3 or better on a 4.0 scale.