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. Pre-orientation programs are not required (except for International Student Orientation, which is mandatory for those on U.S. student visas); 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.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

Any interested first-year student is invited to attend International Orientation. Attendance is mandatory for new Bucknell students on U.S. student visas, including teaching assistants and exchange students. This four-day program is your opportunity to settle in and explore campus prior to New Student Orientation.

Bucknell Wilderness Experience

Bucknell Wilderness Experience

This dynamic outdoor pre-orientation program is a great way to face the challenges of transitioning into university life. You'll meet classmates, learn more about yourself, build relationships with peer mentors, and have a whole lot of fun. There are several trip options to choose from including service-based expeditions, multi-element expeditions, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, paddling, and more!! 

Bison Leadership Involvement & Connections (BLINC)

Bison Leadership Involvement & Connections (BLINC)

BLINC 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.

Arts First

Arts First

This five-day, multidisciplinary opportunity is for students who enjoy or are interested in the arts, who plan to have careers related to the arts or who are artists. You will explore the arts in their many forms as they are offered at Bucknell. The program includes but is not exclusive to Bucknell's Arts Merit Scholars and Arts Residential College students.

Backstage Bucknell

Backstage Bucknell

Part of the Engineering Success Alliance Program, Backstage Bucknell is a chance for invited first-year engineering students to create a supportive cohort and to build a sense of community and belonging on campus. Students invited into the program receive notification via email in the spring.

RAMP Up! participants

RAMP Up!

Get READY, AWARE, MOTIVATED AND PREPARED for your first year at Bucknell! RAMP Up! is a five day pre-orientation program, filled with community building  and exciting activities designed to help you make a strong start at Bucknell.

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