Bloomfield. Bloom field. A blooming field. The word “Bloomfield” brings such nice images to mind!
This college first appeared on my radar screen when I saw on Twitter that the school has become ZeeMee‘s first partner in New Jersey. Remember that post about ZeeMee? They’re the organization that helps you to “bring your application to life” – definitely worth checking out! All of this is to say that after reading about Bloomfield College’s new partnership with ZeeMee, I decided that the time was ripe to learn more about them.
In landing on their admissions page, it was immediately apparent that their ZeeMee partnership is already blooming (I couldn’t resist!), as there is an optional video essay component to the application: “Showcase your unique story and skills! Share your personal story with us through our optional video essay application supplement. Upload a video (3 minute maximum) to zeemee.com and send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Video submissions will be reviewed for admission evaluation and scholarship opportunities.” Cool!
Along these lines, know also that the school has rolling admissions, that there exists a great deal of flexibility in terms of start dates (i.e. new students can opt to begin their studies in the fall, spring, or summer semester), and that the college also has in place what is known as “instant decision days” – really! You simply make an appointment to go into the Admissions Office, bring along all of the requested documentation (e.g. a completed application, high school transcript, test scores, and recommendation letters), attend your meeting, and you’ll then be given a decision as to whether you’ve been admitted or not! If you take this admissions route, you’ll also have your $40 application fee waived, saving you both time and money.
The Fall 2014 acceptance rate at Bloomfield College was 63.4%, which is not at all out-of-the ordinary. Remember, as is pointed out in this post by the NACAC, “nearly half of all four-year colleges and universities in the US accept 75% or more of their applicants. Only 3% of colleges have an acceptance rate of less than 25%.” However, though this one statistic may be rather ordinary, there are other interesting things of note about Bloomfield College:
- Of the approximately 2,000 students enrolled, 36% are male and 64% are female.
- With a 20% share of the degrees awarded, Visual & Performing Arts stands out as being the most popular area of study at Bloomfield. Along these lines, the college’s new Center for Technology + Creativity will be completed in time for the start of the Fall 2016 semester and “will combine cutting-edge computer and other electronic technology with multiple areas of the arts, including music, video and game development.” Click here to learn more!
- The school is very commuter student-friendly. As is written on their website, “We provide study areas, lounges, and refreshments and snacks for commuter students. Commuter meal plans are available. Our Commuter Breakfast Program brings together students and administrators for discussions on topics of interest.”
- On the other hand, if you live on-campus, you can take part in the college’s TRUE Program, which supports first year and transfer students. The program involves personal coaching and is designed to “encourage and assist students in making healthy decisions as well as instill educational, professional, and social growth.”
In short, beyond its great name (which brings to my mind images of the Netherlands in springtime!), there is a lot going on at Bloomfield College. To learn more about the school, check out its College Scorecard profile by clicking here. Before you know it, you may find yourself sending your zeemee link off to Bloomfield College’s admissions office!