Where is Bloomsburg?
Bloomsburg University is located in the Town of Bloomsburg, one mile south of I-80 Exit 236 in north central Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg is the county seat of Columbia County and holds the distinction of being the only incorporated town in the state of Pennsylvania. The town has a population of about 12,000 people. The town has a prosperous business district with more than 80 retail merchants; major chain stores and a mall are also nearby.
To arrive here:
East of Bloomsburg: Use I-80 west to Exit 236A south.
West of Bloomsburg: Use I-80 east to Exit 236 south.
South of Bloomsburg: From Central Pennsylvania, take Routes 11 and 15 north
Southeast Pennsylvania: take Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476) to I-80 west (Pocono Exit) to Exit 236A south.
North of Bloomsburg: From the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, take I-81 south to I-80 west to Exit 236A south.
The Williamsport area: take I-180 south to I-80 east to Exit 236. From Exit 236, take Route 487 south and follow signs to campus, approximately one mile.
Some area highlights:
Short driving distance from Columbia Mall, within 1 hour driving distance of Susquehanna Valley Mall, Schuylkill Mall, Laurel Mall,
The university is within a 1 hour drive from Frackville, Hazletown, Selingrove/Sunbury, Williamsport,
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton; 1.5 hours from Harrisburg; 2.5 hours from Philadelphia; 3 hours
from New York City and Baltimore; and 4 hours from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
Home of the Bloomsburg Fair in September.
Of course, home to Bloomsburg University.
A four-year, public university, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is one of 14 members of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1839 as the "Bloomsburg Literary Institute," Bloomsburg offers 54 Undergraduate Degree Programs, 45 Undergraduate Minors, 20 Graduate Degree Programs, and a Doctorate in Audiology. Programs of study at Bloomsburg University include arts and humanities, sciences, education, health care and business.
Bloomsburg is recognized as one of the best 100 public universities in the United States due to excellent sports teams, academic programs, and faculty/staff. There are over 8,800 undergraduate Degree, 250 Non-Degree, and 950 Graduate students, most from the Northeast and Central half of Pennsylvania. Over 55 percent of the student population is female, and 10 percent are non-traditional students. Bloomsburg has approximately 1,000 employees with 520 full and part-time faculty. All classes are taught by faculty; there are no teaching assistants. More than 160 student organizations call Bloomsburg home.
The campus has 72 buildings on 282 landscaped acres, divided into two parts. Lower campus: residence halls, academic buildings, student services, library, administrative buildings. Upper campus: three student apartment complexes, athletic facilities, university maintenance services. The campuses are linked by a shuttle bus that runs throughout the day.
The school colors of Bloomsburg University, originally "lemon and garnet," have been maroon and gold since the 1920s. In the early 1930s, the Husky became the school mascot when a dog owned by a faculty member accompanied Adm. Richard E. Byrd on an expedition to the South Pole.
Images and information from Bloomsburg University, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, and Derek Stevens.