How to Apply

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 70,000 active alumni! The preparation you receive and the connections you make will give you a foundation for success in your career — and in life.

We make admission decisions on a rolling basis (with the exception of nursing). This means once your application is completed, it will take about four to six weeks to receive a decision via letter. We make decisions continuously until majors are full.

Feel free to use the application instructions below as you work to complete your online application:

Admissions Application Instructions


Student Services Center

Office of Admissions

104 Student Services Center
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Office: 570-389-4316
Fax: 570-389-4741


Freshmen Applicants

You are considered a Freshmen Applicant if:

  • You have not graduated from high school.
  • You have graduated from high school, but have not attempted college courses.

Freshmen Nursing Applicants:

  • The application deadline for the Nursing program is Nov. 15 - You must submit and complete the application by that date.
  • Final decisions will be made on or around mid-to-late December. Nursing decisions are not made on a rolling basis.

Additional application information:

Admissions Information

  • The application fee is $35 (non-refundable) and can be paid with a credit card or e-check. Students eligible for a fee waiver from College Board, ACT, or NACAC may select the fee waiver option for payment. You will then need to mail the form to BU's Office of Admissions or fax to 570-389-4741.
  • Please have your high school transcripts and SAT scores sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Your transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope or electronically through Parchment or Naviance. Your SAT scores can be on the transcript or be sent directly from College Board.

Transfer Applicants

You are considered a Transfer Applicant if you have graduated from high school and have attempted college level courses.

Program specific application information:

  • The application deadline for the Nursing program is March 1. You must complete the application and submit all the required credentials by that date. Final decisions will be made on or around mid-to-late May.
  • For students with an associate’s degree in Nursing and an RN License, you can apply for the online RN to BSN program.

Additional application information:

Admissions Information

  • Transfer applicants must have OFFICIAL transcripts sent from ALL previous colleges attended as well as a final high school transcript (or GED) indicating a date of graduation in order to be considered for admission.
  • All transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
  • Transfer students who select the fee waiver option will need to email a written request and explanation to The Office of Admissions will review all fee waiver requests on a case by case basis.

Readmit Applicants

You are considered a Readmit Applicant if you previously attended BU as a degree-seeking student.

Non-Degree Applicants

You are considered a Non-Degree Applicant if you are not looking to complete a degree, but would like to take classes.

Second Degree Applicants

You are considered a Second Degree Applicant if you have already completed a bachelor’s degree and would like to complete a second bachelor’s degree.

Military or Veteran Applicants

Military or veterans may select the fee waiver option when submitting the application. You will then need to reach out to our Military Liason for Admissions.

Five things before applying

  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor when school starts in the fall to find out how to request transcripts and test scores
  • Get organized! Make checklists of requirements for each college you are considering
  • Ask questions. We are here to help!
  • Visit! Visit! Visit! It’s key you experience our campus. Register for a daily visit or an upcoming open house.
  • Explore our available majors.

Application Information

Below are a few important reminders about your online application:

  • After paying your application fee, you need to re-enter your application for final submission.
  • If you would like to submit letters of recommendation, essays, a resume, or other supplemental materials. please email them as attachments to
  • If your high school is not listed, please select "Unknown School."
  • If you have attempted or completed dual enrollment courses, you must list the college you took the courses at under the "College Information" section of the application,
  • The Nursing application deadline is Nov. 15!


International Applicants

Students applying who are citizens from outside the United States are considered International Applicants. You must pay the $60 online application fee with a credit card. Send the following materials to the address indicated in the "Contact Information" section: An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native language is not English. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer, and 65 on the web-based.We will also accept official scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.

You can find a list of accredited evaluation services on the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) website.Before you apply, please note that many evaluation service companies charge a fee in order to process your information. It is the student’s responsibility to pay for the service provided by the evaluation agency. Transfer applications will not be considered without these credentials.

Note the following application deadlines for International Applicants: Summer semester - April 15; Fall semester - June 30; Spring semester - Nov. 15.

Conditional Admission Options:

  • Students who score between a 5-6 on the IELTS Test may be conditionally admitted to the university contingent upon the completion of 6 credits of ESL within their first academic year of study.
  • Note: In order to be considered for conditional admission, applicants must complete ALL other admission requirements albeit the required IELTS or TOEFL score.


Are you an adult learner?

An adult learner is a student looking to start your higher education career, or are looking to finish a degree you began earlier in life, Bloomsburg University is a great choice to complete your college education! Who are our Adult Learners? They may be:

  • Over the age of 24 or 7 years removed from their high school graduation
  • Parents
  • Working part-time or full-time
  • Looking for a career change
  • Transfer Students
  • Returning Students
  • Current or past military

Have more questions? Please contact Tom Kresch Jr., our adult learner counselor, at or 570-389-5350 to learn more about our vast opportunities designed specifically for you that include Distance Education, as well as Corporate and Continuing Education programs.

Admissions Notice

Bloomsburg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies.

Bloomsburg University is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security (Annual Safety and Security Report, Fire Safety Report). The annual safety, security and crime statistics report as well as the fire safety and fire statistics are available on BU's Annual Security Report. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Bloomsburg University or student organizations that are officially recognized by the institution; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters. To obtain a printed copy of the annual safety and security report or the fire safety report contact: Bloomsburg University Police, 400 E. Second St., Bloomsburg PA 17815-1301. Office: 570-389-4168; Fax: 570-389-3075.