BU to Create Honors College

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania announces the creation of an Honors College effective July 1 that will significantly enrich the educational and collegiate experiences for high-potential and high-achieving students. The Honors College will offer its students the opportunity to expand cultural and personal boundaries while reaching intellectual and career goals.

The new Honors College will offer small, discussion-based honors classes and experiential learning activities. Bloomsburg's dedicated faculty mentors will facilitate research, internship, service, travel, and study-abroad opportunities. Students in the college will also enjoy Honors Learning Community housing and priority move-in.

“Our honors experience has been essential to making Bloomsburg University a destination for the most promising students in our region and beyond,” said Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D., president of Bloomsburg University.  “With its emphasis on research, scholarship, civic engagement and leadership development, the new Honors College at BU is a testament to our commitment to developing today’s best and brightest students into tomorrow’s leaders.  I look forward to working with our students and my colleagues in continually developing the Bloomsburg University Honors College so that it will be recognized as the best educational experience for honors students in Pennsylvania.”

The current Honors Program has a 90 percent graduation rate with nearly 100 percent of the graduates enrolled in graduate school or employed within 12 months of graduation according to a post-graduate survey.

Julie Vandivere, professor of English and current director of the Honors Program, will lead the Honors College. Vandivere received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in comparative literature and has a demonstrated history of dedication to student success.

“The new Bloomsburg University Honors College provides students with the chance to experience the tight community and broad horizons associated with liberal arts colleges while taking advantage of the top-flight programs at one of the commonwealth’s finest and most affordable public universities,” said Vandivere.

The Honors College will move into a newly renovated space in Lycoming Hall, in the heart of the campus community. It will have dedicated study areas, a library and easy access to campus dining options. Students already enrolled in BU’s Honors Program, automatically become part of the new Honors College.

For more information on the Honors College at Bloomsburg University visit http://intranet.bloomu.edu/honors.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.