Living-learning communities for first-year students

It doesn't matter what you plan to major in.

Whether you want to be an engineer, an artist, a business leader, a writer, a physician - or anything else - you can sign up to join whichever Residential College interests you.

The Residential Colleges are themed living-learning communities for first-year students.

Students who have participated in them say they have been among the best experiences of their Bucknell education. 

Residential Colleges


themed living-learning communities

Arts Colleges

Explore your vision of the world. Affirm the connections among art and life and creativity and culture. Perform, compose, represent and build. Celebrate the imagination. 

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Humanities Colleges

Explore a long line of thinkers and writers, from Plato to Dante. Understand literary genres, philosophical traditions, religious expression and much more. Gain an interdisciplinary perspective on topics ranging from the visual arts to scientific texts. 

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Discovery College

Learn how science has changed the world. Participate in hands-on activities. Visit places where breakthroughs have occurred. Appreciate science through the lenses of other disciplines, including history, philosophy and education. 

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Languages and Cultures College

Understand national and cultural perspectives of non-English speaking countries. Explore the world's cultures. Become skilled in cross-cultural communication. Prepare yourself to make the most of a study abroad experience. 

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Environmental Colleges

Study the complex scientific, social, political and ethical dimensions of environmental issues. Explore the ecological impact of human activities. Look at successes in sustainable development. Raise awareness about environmental issues. Celebrate the wonder of the natural world.

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Social Justice Colleges

Examine topics including poverty, inequality in education and health care, immigration, and gay and lesbian civil rights. Advocate for social justice in the community. Learn about grassroots activism. Help meet people's needs in nearby communities.

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Global Colleges

Take a close look at internationalization, globalization and related themes tied to culture, controversies and solutions. Understand the evolution and contradictions of the modern world. Learn how to initiate change. Challenge your beliefs and look beyond the conventional.

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Society and Technology Colleges

Examine the possibilities inherent in technology, along with the ethical, economic and political challenges that come along with it. Consider the ways technology contributes to and detracts from society. Design technological solutions in a creative environment. 

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Here's How to Sign Up

Here's How to Sign Up

Res College Pre-Enrollment Form

A pre-enrollment request form for Residential College foundation seminars is available through Tuesday, May 6th.

After the pre-enrollment period has ended, you'll be able to register for a Residential College in mid May, when you select your courses for the first semester. Select the Foundation Seminars coded RESC that interest you. You'll enter your preferred choices in our online portal, and we'll assign you to a hall with students who are part of the same Residential College.

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