PRP 3333 - Undergraduate (Degree and Non-Degree) Admissions Policy

Issued by: Dr. Carol J. Matteson, Interim Provost And V.P. for Academic Affairs
Effective Date: August 28, 1995
Notes: Approved by BUCC, 3/19/86. Approved by Council of Trustees, 6/11/86. Amended by BUCC 4/12/95. Presented to University Forum 4/19/95.


  • Admission to Bloomsburg University is determined by the applicant's academic and personal qualifications. Decisions are reached without regard to race, age, color, creed, national origin, sex or physical handicap.
  • Applicants other than those eligible for early admission must be graduates of or seniors in accredited secondary schools or must have secondary school equivalency as determined by the Credentials Evaluation Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Acceptance is determined by the Director of Admissions upon evaluation of secondary school preparation, achievement, scores on either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), personal characteristics, and institutional capacity.
  • Acceptances are tentative if based on evaluation of transcripts which show work in progress; final action is taken after complete transcripts have been received and evaluated.


  • To be a candidate for admission, one must complete and submit an official application with the appropriate non-refundable application fee to the Office of Admissions. The applicant is responsible for requesting the proper official of his/her secondary school to submit a transcript and personal evaluation to the Director of Admissions.
  • An applicant must provide scores of the SAT or ACT. It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange for the test and to request the forwarding of the scores directly from the Testing Service. A photostatic copy of the test report on an official high school transcript is also acceptable. No other standardized test will serve as a substitute for the SAT or ACT.

Special Categories:

  • Early Admissions - Outstanding high school students may apply for consideration for admission prior to completion of high school. In addition to strong achievement and high aptitude, applicants for early admission must have the unqualified endorsement of the high school to receive consideration.
  • ACT 101/Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) - Any individual with a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency is eligible to apply for admission to the program. Non-traditional criteria are applied in estimating potential of an applicant when it appears that the environmental background may have adversely affected grades and/or standardized test scores. The Director of Admissions may require an applicant for the ACT 101/EOP to file supplementary information as needed for proper consideration. Students admitted through the ACT 101/EOP are expected to participate in a summer enrichment experience prior to the first semester of their attendance, where special assistance in tutoring and counseling is given to address specific academic, financial and/or social problems. This requirement can only be altered by the Director of ACT 101/EOP.
  • Transfer Students - An applicant who was previously enrolled, or at the time of application is enrolled, in another college or university is a transfer student. The criteria and procedures above apply to transfer applicants. SAT or ACT results are not required from applicants who have successfully completed 30 or more semester hours of college credit. Transfer applicants must supply an official transcript from each college attended to the Director of Admissions, regardless of whether credit was earned at the other institution(s). For a transfer student to be considered for admission, he/she must be certified as in good standing academically and otherwise in the college last attended and must have an overall quality point average of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 system for all courses in which passing and/or failing grades were recorded.
  • Readmission of Former Students - Students, who, having been formally admitted to degree study and attended Bloomsburg University, fail to enroll or withdraw for any academic semester, regardless of the reason, must apply for readmission. Readmitted students are responsible for the graduation requirements and academic policies which exist at the time of reentrance. The Director of Admissions may require an applicant for readmission to file a letter containing such supplementary information as needed for proper consideration. Students under academic dismissal are ineligible for readmission for one calendar year. They should present evidence of successful achievement at another college or university as part of any application for readmission. Readmitted students who were formerly dismissed for academic deficiency have two final grading periods in which to regain minimum academic progress or good academic standing. These students are not eligible for academic probation and if dismissed the second time may not attend the University for additional degree or non-degree credit study.
  • Non-Degree Admission - Admission to the non-degree credit program is open to all high school graduates or those holding GED credentials, standardized test scores are not required. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or the Office of Adult Advisement. Non-degree categories with their credential(s) requirement are as follows:

Adults who desire to enroll as part-time students must submit to the Office of Adult Advisement: completed application for don-degree admission. Must submit evidence of high school graduation of GED completion prior to enrolling for a second semester or session.

A student approaching the final year of high school who desires to combine university work with the last year of high school must submit to the Office of Admissions: high school transcript, junior year SAT or Act scores, a letter of recommendation from the high school counselor, and letters of recommendation from two high school instructors in the academic area of intended pursuit, and completed application for non-degree admission.

Students with an earned baccalaureate degree who wish to complete the requirements for Level I or Level II teacher certification. Credential requirement: a transcript from the institution granting the baccalaureate degree and a completed application for non-degree admission

Senior citizens who are retired, over 60 years of age, legal citizens of the U.S. and residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for waiver of tuition fees through the School of Extended Programs. Students in this category may be admitted to classes on a seat available basis only. Credential requirement: proof of age, retirement, United States Residency, and a completed application for non-degree admission. Must submit evidence of high school graduation of GED completion prior to enrolling for a second semester or session.

Students seeking enrollment in a certificate program. Credential requirement: official high school transcript of GED, a completed application for non-degree admission, and the signature of the Coordinator of Adult Advisement.