Guaranteed Admission to State College Students at PA University
Graduates from the State College area will now have guaranteed admission to the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania.
The board unanimously approved a deal with the Commonwealth at a meeting on Monday evening. Under the agreement, all State College area graduates will have guaranteed admission to the Bloomsburg, Lock Haven or Mansfield campuses as well as on-campus housing for up to four years. Students must apply by December 15 of their senior year to qualify and meet all application requirements.
Commonwealth University will also offer scholarship opportunities to students who meet certain GPA requirements. The four levels of the scholarship are:
3.8-4.0 GPA $7,000 per year
3.5-3.79 GPA $6,000 per year
3.0-3.49 GPA $4,000 per year
2.5-2.99 GPA $3,000 per year
Universities of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield combined as Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania in March. The decision was made to help increase enrollment, provide more opportunities and strengthen the financial position of universities.
Enrollment at the three universities has declined in recent years, with 12,468 students enrolled in the 2021-22 academic year, down from 13,391 in 2020-21 according to the Pennsylvania State Higher Education System.
According to the contract, the agreement will allow universities “to attract a more diverse population of students who have already demonstrated academic success.”
State College Board of Trustees Vice Chair Amy Bader said the opportunity can be life-changing for students and families.
“As an individual who received a very similar type of award that allowed me to go to a school where I otherwise would not have been able to go, these types of scholarships can be truly remarkable.”
The agreement will last until 2027, with the current senior state officials being the first beneficiaries.
Some programs, such as nursing or some science programs, are selective and have limited capacity, so students are encouraged to apply early.