BU receives record number of applications for fall 2005 admission

For Immediate Release

Date: August 19, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Admissions Office received a record number of applications for spots in the Class of 2009.

According to Chris Keller, director of admissions, 8,168 prospective students applied for admission this fall, with 60 percent of applications submitted online. Although final enrollment figures won’t be available until the 15th day of classes, the preliminary count lists 1,435 new fall freshman. Another 101 students entered BU in June through the Act 101/EOP program for educationally and economically disadvantaged students and 180 enrolled in their first classes as summer freshmen.

Keller provided a snapshot of the first-year students who are moving to campus next week:

- Participated in student government, athletics or honors programs while in high school: 80 percent.

- Average SAT score: 1054.

- Average high school class standing: top 31 percent.

- Number of valedictorians: eight.

- Number of salutatorians: three.

Thirteen percent of BU’s freshman class hails from outside of the commonwealth. Keller said incoming freshmen are attending BU from Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and North Dakota. The class also includes international students from India, Japan, Liberia and Russia.

Traditionally, the majority of BU’s enrollment is made up students from eastern Pennsylvania with the largest groups coming from Columbia, Luzerne and Northumberland counties, he said.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.