How to Apply

How to Apply

Five things to do before applying

OWL Bryson Purcell

  • 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.

via-media-tagAs 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 60,000 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.

  • Freshmen — Students applying to BU who have not graduated from high school or have graduated from high school, but have not attempted college courses, are considered Freshmen Applicants and should complete the Freshmen Application.
  • Transfer — Students applying to BU who have graduated from high school and have since attempted college courses, are considered Transfer Applicants and should complete the Transfer Application.
  • Readmit — Students applying to BU who have previously attended BU are considered Readmit Applicants and should complete the Readmit Application.
  • International — Students applying to BU who are citizens from outside the United States.
  • Non-Degree — Students applying to BU who may not be looking to complete a degree at the moment, but would still like to take classes, are considered Non-Degree Applicants and should complete the Non-Degree Application.
  • Second Degree — Students applying to BU who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and would like to complete a second bachelor’s degree, are considered Second Degree Applicants and should complete the Second Degree Application.

Don't wait, apply early!

Applications received by December will get priority consideration, especially for our competitive majors:

  • All Biology and Allied Health Programs
    (Pre-PT, Pre-PA, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Med, Medical Imaging, Medical Lab Science and General)
  • Speech Pathology/Audiology
  • American Sign Language
  • Criminal Justice
  • Exercise Science
  • Early Childhood PK-4/Special Education PK-8 Dual Certification
  • Nursing — need to apply by Dec. 1!

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.