New Student Orientation

During New Student Orientation, the entire Bucknell community is ready to welcome you. The program is centered on scholarship, community and the rich traditions you'll find at Bucknell.

You'll bond with classmates through a variety of events while becoming familiar with Bucknell and the resources available to you. Your faculty will introduce you to the collegiate classroom, providing information about your fall course schedule and all the academic opportunities Bucknell has to offer.

14 Days to ’ray!

Aug. 3–16, 2020

The 2020 New Student Orientation program, called 14 Days to 'ray!, is designed to provide incoming students, both those entering their first year of college and transfer students, with an opportunity to launch their academic journey, highlight resources and opportunities available on campus, and begin new friendships with other incoming students.

The program includes both live and recorded sessions and culminates with in-person, hall-based events after students arrive on campus. If you can't watch live, all sessions will be recorded with links added to MyBucknell after the event.  

Find the full schedule with Zoom links in MyBucknell and an overview below.

Orientation Schedule Overview

All times Eastern.

Monday, Aug. 3

  • Join a student club to dive into your passions, meet new people and get involved.
  • Begin the 14 Days to 'ray Fitness Challenge for a chance at some Bucknell merch.
  • Learn to be part of a healthy herd through a series of helpful videos.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • Attend a welcome from the dean of your college.
    • 1 p.m.: College of Engineering
    • 1:30 p.m.: College of Arts & Sciences
    • 1:30 p.m.: Freeman College of Management

Wednesday, Aug. 5

  • Foundation Seminar meetings begin, continuing through Aug. 15
  • Individual advising appointments begin, continuing through Aug. 15
  • 1 p.m.: Common Reading discussion about this year's selection, What the Eyes Don't See
  • 2 p.m.: Freeman College of Management group advising, required for all incoming Freeman students
  • 3 p.m.: Snap Talks, introducing students the many majors in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • 7 p.m.: Zoom In to See What's Real and What's Not About the Class of 2024, an entertaining, fast-paced session about social behaviors in college 
  • 10 p.m.: Common Reading discussion for West Coast and abroad students

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Watch videos covering essential topics like creating a career path, understanding your finances and staying fit
  • 7 p.m.: Diversity University, an upbeat, interactive session about the many layers of diversity

Friday, Aug. 7

  • Fri-Yay! Instagram Event
  • 2 p.m.: Presidential Fellows information session

Saturday, Aug. 8

  • Catch up on what you may have missed this week and make sure your to-do list is complete.

Sunday, Aug. 9

  • 11 a.m.: Rooke Chapel e-worship, an opportunity to sing, pray and connect
  • 4 p.m.: Catholic Campus Ministry coffee chat

Monday, Aug. 10

  • Bucknell Athletics Trivia with chances to win Bison gear

Tuesday, Aug. 11

  • An introduction to Bucknell's library and technology resources
  • 1 p.m.: Pre-health and pre-law advising sessions 

Wednesday, Aug. 12 (first day of in-person activities)

  • Noon: Lunch with your orientation assistant (OA), residential adviser (RA) and junior fellow (JF)
  • 5 p.m.: Dinner with your OA, RA and JF
  • Multiple times: Open design time at the 7th Street Studio & MakerSpace

Thursday, Aug. 13 (in-person)

  • 8 a.m.: Breakfast with your OA, RA and JF
  • Noon: Lunch with your OA, RA and JF
  • 3:30 p.m.: Time to settle into your room and meet your hallmates
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dinner with your OA, RA and JF
  • 7:30 p.m.: Team-building activities with your OA, RA and JF
  • To be scheduled with your orientation assistant:
    • Find your classrooms, settle into your room and get acquainted with campus
    • Visit the Bucknell bookstore and explore downtown Lewisburg
    • Enjoy open design time at the 7th Street Studio & MakerSpace

Friday, Aug. 14 (in-person)

  • 8 a.m.: Breakfast with your OA, RA and JF
  • Noon: Lunch with your OA, RA and JF
  • 1 p.m.: Muslim Prayer Service
  • 4:30 p.m.: Shabbat Services
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dinner with your OA, RA and JF
  • 7:30 p.m.: Floor meetings with others on your residence hall floor to learn about resources and expectations
  • To be scheduled with your orientation assistant:
    • Find your classrooms, settle into your room and get acquainted with campus
    • Visit the Bucknell bookstore and explore downtown Lewisburg
    • Enjoy open design time at the 7th Street Studio & MakerSpace

Saturday, Aug. 15 (in-person)

  • 8 a.m.: Breakfast with your OA, RA and JF
  • 9:45 a.m.: Speak About It, a performance and conversation about relationships, sex and alcohol
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch with your OA, RA and JF
  • 1:15 p.m.: Anti-racism conversation
  • 3:30 p.m.: Meet the Class of 2024 in fun introduction activities
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dinner with your OA, RA and JF
  • 7 p.m.: A Bison Welcome!, including small-group outdoor activities and games 

Sunday, Aug. 16 (in-person)

  • 8 a.m.: Breakfast with your OA, RA and JF
  • 11 a.m.: Protestant worship service
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch with your OA, RA and JF
  • 1 p.m.: Department advising by appointment
  • 1 p.m.: Engineering 100 meetings, required for all engineering students and all students enrolled in ENGR 100
  • 2 p.m.: Engineering meetings by major, with a separate meeting for those who are undeclared
  • 4 p.m.: Catholic mass
  • 5 p.m.: Dinner with your OA, RA and JF
  • 6:30 p.m.: Pre-Convocation gathering with your hallmates
  • 7:30 p.m.: Convocation, viewed remotely with members of your hall

Monday, Aug. 17

  • Classes begin
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Find the full 14 Days to 'ray! schedule in MyBucknell

Division of Student Affairs

Location

211 Langone Center

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation will be held Aug. 11 to 14.

International Student Orientation

Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation, or Pre-O, programs begin in the days prior to move-in on Aug. 12.

Pre-O is designed to help acclimate students and introduce them to fellow classmates, older students and University administrators before the semester begins.

Pre-Orientation programs

Fall Reopening Plan

 

Find the latest information about Bucknell's fall reopening plan.

Fall Reopening