At the end of Main Street on the top of College Hill is the entrance to Bloomsburg University, and since it had been there as long as I remember, it was easy to take it for granted. Since the early 1800's post high school education was available in the town of Bloomsburg. The beginning of higher education in Bloomsburg began in 1839 with the founding of an academy. Later in 1856 the academy was chartered as the Bloomsburg Literary Institute. Upon the construction of the first building at its current location, the school was established as a state normal school in 1869. The Commonwealth of PA purchased the school in 1916, and in 1927 it became Bloomsburg State Teachers College. In 1960, due to a variety of available programs and graduate degrees, the "teachers" was dropped from its name making it Bloomsburg State College (from where I graduated in 1975). When the State System of Higher Education was established, the school reached university status, and became Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1983. Upon my high school graduation, I was fortunate enough to have my education financed by my parents and was given the opportunity to go to any college I chose. Even today I am quite surprised that I chose Bloomsburg and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and never left this quaint town.
As an alumnus of Bloomsburg, I was quite certain that when our younger daughter, an honor graduate and gifted athlete graduated from high school, she would broaden her horizons and search for her dreams somewhere other than her hometown. After being heavily recruited for softball and field hockey and receiving significant academic and athletic scholarship offers, she began her college career at Ithaca College on beautiful Lake Cayuga in New York. We fell in love the beauty and culture of her new surroundings, so we were quite astounded and disappointed when she made the decision to leave such a prestigious private college to return home. Today she is a junior at Bloomsburg University and is extremely happy, and so are we!
Bloomsburg University is a leading regional university that attracts students from around the globe. With enrollment of approximately 8700, Bloomsburg University is comprised of four colleges: Business, Liberal Arts, Professional Studies, and Science and Technology. Offered are 63 undergraduate degrees, 16 masters degrees, and doctoral degrees are available in audiology and elementary education. Bloomsburg is known for its academic excellence, wholesome atmosphere and scenic beauty of its 192 acre campus. Located in the Appalachian foothills of north central Pennsylvania, this quaint rural town and its university have much to offer. Only today, on this brilliant fall day, did I finally realize the similarities of the beauty between Ithaca and Bloomsburg from the spectacular views from upper campus in all directions. Bloomsburg is built around creating the best possible educational experience for all of its students and is a great value! Be sure to visit the web site of Bloomsburg University to learn more at www.bloomu.edu.