The University invites first-year students to participate in a pre-Orientation program, all of which occur prior to the start of New Student Orientation on August 22. Pre-Orientation programs are not required; however, they provide a great way for students to make connections and enhance leadership skills prior to the start of Orientation.
If you are a varsity athlete competing in a fall sport, please consult with your coach regarding your arrival date and practice schedule prior to signing up for a program. Since all the programs occur during the same time frame, students may only participate in one program with the exception of the Bison Gatherings which occur in July.
BISON GATHERINGS - Held across the country from Connecticut to California, Bison Gatherings provide new students and their families an opportunity to learn more about the New Student Orientation program and what to expect the first few days on campus. Students and families have an opportunity to meet their classmates, members of the University community, upperclass students, alumni and parents. To register for Bison Gathering.
International Student Orientation
ISS coordinates a four-day orientation program to give new international students an opportunity to settle in and explore campus prior to New Student Orientation. While you are here, your International Orientation Assistants will help you to address anything from purchasing necessities at a local store, open a bank account, to completing immigration and tax requirements, to learning about course registration or co-curricular opportunities for involvement. It's free. Sign up
BuckWild is a dynamic outdoor pre-orientation program held in Central Pennsylvania August 17-21. Participating in BuckWild is a great way to face the challenges of transitioning into the university. You will meet your new classmates, learn more about yourself, build relationships from peer mentors, and have a whole lot of fun. We have several trip options to choose from including Service based expeditions, multi-element expeditions, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, paddling, and more!!
Building on Foundations (BOF) introduces opportunities for leadership, involvement, service, and personal development while building a strong community of incoming first-year students. The program offers participants a chance to learn more about the University, and to build confidence in seizing leadership and involvement opportunities once arriving on campus. Held August 18-21 at the University's Conference Center in Cowan, BOF opens a huge world of possibilities to new students.
Arts. Everywhere. is a six-day, multidisciplinary introduction for students who enjoy or are interested in the arts, plan to have careers related to or associated with the arts, and/or are artists. The program occurs August 17 - 21. Students participating in Arts. Everywhere. investigate the arts generally, not with the intention of developing any specific skill or craft but to learn about the rich and distinctive possibilities the arts have to offer.
Backstage Bucknell is a six-day residential pre-orientation program for the Engineering Success Alliance (ESA) Program. Invited first-year engineering students participate August 16 - 21, prior to the start of New Student Orientation, to create a supportive cohort and to build a sense of community and belonging on campus. Students invited into the program will receive notification via email in the spring. For more information on ESA and Backstage Bucknell contact email@example.com or visit www.bucknell.edu/ESA.
RAMP Up is a four day pre-orientation program that occurs August 18-22 and exposes students involved in the T.E.A.M program to campus resources, including the Career Development Center, Bertrand Library and the Writing Center, introduces them to faculty and staff members, educates them about transitioning to college and helps them build a new community through social activities. T.E.A.M is a year-long program peer mentoring that engages students from underrepresented backgrounds in the life of the University while fostering affinity to the University.
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