BU and CCHS renew admissions agreement

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and the Central Columbia School District are renewing an agreement guaranteeing admission for Central Columbia students after graduation.

The agreement, first signed in 2009, guarantees admission to a BU bachelor's degree program for Central Columbia graduates who:

* Achieve a minimum 500 verbal and 500 math scores on the SAT, with a combined score of at least 1100 on the verbal and math portions.
* Earn a minimum of 90 percent cumulative grade point average.
* Apply to BU by Dec. 15 of their senior year for admission the following fall. The deadline is Nov. 15 for students planning to major in nursing, medical imaging, speech pathology, biology or allied health.
* Satisfy all other BU application requirements to the major.

"We have many academically talented high school students living in the region surrounding our campus," said BU President Bashar W. Hanna. "Some already choose to enroll in Bloomsburg's outstanding degree programs and remain close to their homes and jobs. This agreement assures Central Columbia students that working hard in high school will guarantee admission to Bloomsburg University."

Harry Mathias Jr., superintendent of the Central Columbia School District, feels this agreement has been a benefit to the students of the district. “Our students have seen over the last several years that if they work hard throughout their four years of high school, they will be accepted into their hometown university,” says Mathias. 

"I'm very proud that 10 years ago we had the foresight to enter into this partnership with Bloomsburg University," Mathias said. "There are some families in our district for whom college attendance is only a dream. With this agreement, we are saying to all of our students, 'If you do these things, you can go to Bloomsburg University.' "

Currently, there are 27 Central Columbia students enrolled in the Advance College Experience (ACE) program and 16 in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Of those 43, 12 ACE students and three from STEM have applied and/or have been admitted to Bloomsburg University for the Fall 2019 semester.

According to Chris Lapos, Associate Vice President for Admissions at Bloomsburg University, "This agreement further solidifies the great working relationship we have with our local school districts, including Central Columbia. When they come here for a visit, local students realize they have a great college in their backyard.”

Pictured are students from Central Columbia who will attend BU this fall as well as a graduate of the school district who is attending BU now along with administrators from both the university and the school district. Seated left to right: Central Columbia students Mary Burnett; Toby Dayhoff; Mackenzie Fish; Maddison Price. Standing left to right: Tom Fletcher, vice president enrollment management; Harry Mathias, Superintendent, Central Columbia School District; Kayla Wondoloski, BU senior and Central Columbia graduate; Bashar Hanna, president Bloomsburg University; Jeff Groshek, principal, Central Columbia High School.

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.