Class of 2020 first-year students are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, Aug. 17 between 8 a.m. and noon. After a series of afternoon programs, family and friends are asked to depart between 5 - 6 p.m.

Details about the arrival day schedule are listed below.  You can also view or download a pdf of the New Student Orientation schedule.

Arrival Day - Wednesday, Aug. 17

8 a.m. – noon
Arrival and Check-In

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Technology Desk
Technology Desk Consultants will be available in the halls to assist if you have problems connecting to the network.

10 – 11 a.m.
Family meetings in various residence hall locations
Families are invited to meet the professional staff in each first-year residence hall.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
GenerationFirst!@Bucknell Weis Center Lobby
GenerationFirst!@Bucknell welcomes first-generation college students* to Bucknell. First-generation students and their families are encouraged to attend this session to connect with faculty and staff who were also first-generation college students and can serve as mentors throughout your college experience. *You are a first-generation college student if you and/or your siblings will be the first generation in your family to graduate from a four-year college.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Resource Fair Ground floor, Elaine Langone Center
Learn about checking accounts from local banks, subscribe to The Bucknellian (our student newspaper) and get your questions answered by representatives from a variety of campus offices and resources including Bucknell Student Health, the Counseling & Student Development Center, Dining Services, members of the Parents Board, Information Technology, and Card Services & Student Transit.

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Bostwick Dining Hall, Terrace Room, Room 256, Elaine Langone Center
New students, their families and friends are invited to lunch as guests of the University (no charge).

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
“Chips Off the Ol’ Block” Alumni Parent and Student Reception
Hunt Formal Living Room, Hunt Hall
Meet President John Bravman as we celebrate Bucknell alumni legacy families and welcome alumni first-year sons and daughters to the Bucknell community

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Diversity & Inclusion Reception Intercultural Equity & Advocacy (IEA) Multi-Purpose Room, Elaine Langone Center
Multicultural Student Services, International Student Services, The Office of LGBTQ Resources and the Women’s Resource Center invites new students and their families to stop by their shared space, the IEA Multi-Purpose Room. We welcome this opportunity for you to meet our staff and other campus allies, become acquainted with affiliated student groups, and learn about available resources. Light refreshments will be served.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Religious Life Open Houses St. George Street and Rooke Chapel
New students and their families are invited to drop by the Berelson Center (Jewish), Rooke Chapel (Protestant and Interfaith) and the Newman House (Roman Catholic) along St. George Street (just north of Smith Hall, across from Financial Aid) to meet Bucknell’s chaplains from our University religious programs.

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Vedder and McDonnell Building Meeting and Community Meetings with OA/RA/JF
Vedder - Smith Quad / McDonnell - McDonnell Amphitheatre
Gather with your entire building to learn important information and meet the professional staff living with you.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Smith and Swartz Hall Meetings with OA/RA/JF
Meet at your residence hall
This session will be with just your residential community and give you an opportunity to get to know each other and the student leaders dedicated to your hall.

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Parent and Family Orientation Break-out Session 1 (choose one):

  • Parent-to-Parent Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center
  • Keeping Your Student Healthy Forum, Elaine Langone Center
  • College Student Finance 116 Rooke Chemistry

2 – 3 p.m.
Vedder & McDonnell Hall Meetings with OA/RA/JF
Meet at your residence hall
This session will be with just your residential community and give you an opportunity to get to know each other and the student leaders dedicated to your hall.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Smith and Swartz Building Meeting and Community Meetings with OA/RA/JF
Smith: Smith Quad; Swartz: McDonnell Amphitheater
Gather with your entire building to learn important information and meet the professional staff living with you.

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.
Parent and Family Orientation Break-out Session 2 (choose one):

  • College of Arts & Sciences Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature
  • College of Engineering Harvey M. Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall
  • School of Management Olin Science 268

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Being Bucknellians
Students will be directed to various locations by their Orientation Assistant.
As the newest members of Bucknell, the Class of 2020 has joined a community dedicated to excellence, leadership, creativity, diversity and integrity. This session provides an opportunity to discuss what it means to be a Bucknellian with faculty, staff and upperclass students.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presidential Welcome for Parents and Family Weis Center
President John Bravman, Provost Barbara Altmann and Dean of Students Amy Badal welcome and advise family members on the first year at Bucknell.

5 – 6 p.m.
Family and Friends Depart

Looking for more details?

To see the most current details about orientation, view or download a pdf of the New Student Orientation schedule.

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