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The first-year experience at Bucknell isn't the warmup act. It's the main event. From your first semester on, you can audition for the mainstage play, work on fascinating research with your professor and use the latest high-tech equipment.
It starts with New Student Orientation. Your first days at Bucknell will immerse you in scholarship, tradition and opportunities to discover what it means to become a member of the campus community. Many students will choose a Pre-Orientation program, giving them a fun head start on what's ahead.
These opportunities and programs will help shape your experience during your four years here. You may find a new hobby, discover a new academic interest and make bonds with your fellow Bucknellians.
Explore Some of Our Pre-Orientation Programs
Get creative with classmates who share your passion for performing and visual arts.
Head outside with new friends as you explore the region's natural beauty.
Connect with others interested in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Design Thinking Leadership
Discover the strong, globally minded community of support on campus.
Take a Closer Look at the First-year Experience
First-year Common Reading
Each year, Bucknell selects a book that all members of the incoming class will read and discuss. The reading encompasses current events and social issues. New students will have the opportunity to discuss the book with their fellow classmates, orientation leaders and faculty during New Student Orientation.
Learn more about the Common Reading
First-year College Mentors
Each of Bucknell's three colleges has its own first-year mentoring program to help students start pursuing life-changing experiences on and off campus from day one. Peer mentors answer questions and connect first-year students with opportunities like internships, events, clubs and organizations, undergraduate research, study abroad and much more.
Explore all three first-year mentoring programs
Get Involved on Campus
With more than 200 clubs and organizations, students have the opportunity to explore new interests, make new friends and take on leadership opportunities.
Take a Closer Look at the Student Organizations
Explore the Residential Colleges
Each Residential College is paired with a first-semester class, which means you get to live and learn with students who share your interests, and connect with your professors both in and out of the classroom.
GenFirst! @ Bucknell
College is a time of "firsts." For some, it is the first time being far away from home. For others, they are the first in their family to attend college. At Bucknell, many of our faculty and staff are members of the first generation community and here to help. If you are a first-generation student and would like to talk about your experiences, look for a "come talk to me" poster, there is a friendly first-generation faculty or staff member who would love to meet and chat with you.
Division of Student Affairs
211 Langone Center