Can't wait to get started at Bucknell? Join us in one of our Pre-Orientation programs, all of which take place just before New Student Orientation.

"Pre-O" is a great way to settle into the University community, connect with classmates and enhance your leadership skills in a program of activities designed to jump-start your Bucknell experience. You'll expand your mind, discover valuable Bucknell resources and have a lot of fun as you settle into college life.

While Pre-O programs are optional (except for International Student Orientation, which is required for those on U.S. student visas), past participants say they're one of the highlights of their first year at Bucknell.

Note: In an effort to promote community health and safety, changes have been made to some Pre-Orientation programs. Please find additional details below and visit the individual program websites for more information.


Students in the Class of 2025 will be invited to reserve a space in a Pre-O program after their enrollment deposit is processed. 

Sign-ups for Pre-O are first come, first served. Because all Pre-O programs run concurrently, students may choose only one.

Sign Up for Pre-O

Space is limited — reserve your spot today

Arrival Day Schedule

Friday, August 13

7–11 a.mArrival, check-in and move-in
11 a.m.Lunch begins for all pre-orientation participants and their families in Bostwick Marketplace
12:30 p.m.(participant & families)
Individual program meetings
1:30–2 p.m.Farewell at individual program meetings
2 p.m.(families)
University Welcome for families and friends by the Dean of Students, Provost, and President
2 p.m.(participants)
Pre-orientation programs begin with students

Pre-Orientation Programs & Dates

Pre-O programs for members of the Class of 2025 who registered will be held in the days prior to Aug. 18 (the beginning of first-year move-in).   

Arts First

Aug. 13–17

    Get creative with classmates who share your passion for the arts. In this multidisciplinary program, you'll explore the University's wide array of arts and rich cultural scene. The program includes but is not exclusive to Bucknell's Arts Merit Scholars and Arts Residential College students — all first-years who enjoy or are interested in the arts, who plan to pursue arts-related careers, or who are artists are invited. 

    Learn more about Arts First

    Backstage Bucknell (Engineering Success Alliance)

    Aug. 13–17 (by invitation only)

      Part of the Engineering Success Alliance (ESA), Backstage Bucknell is an invitation-only Pre-Orientation program where first-year engineers can create a supportive community and build a sense of belonging on campus. Students who are invited to participate will receive a notification via email in the spring before their first semester.

      Learn more about Backstage Bucknell


      Aug. 13–17

      Take it outside at BuckWild, Bucknell's wilderness Pre-O experience, which takes full advantage of the region's natural beauty. You'll meet classmates, learn new outdoor activities or strengthen your skills, build teamwork and learn a lot about leadership. Trip options include service-based expeditions, multi-element expeditions, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, paddling and more — no experience necessary.

      Learn more about Buckwild

      Design Thinking Leadership

      Aug. 13–17

      Connect with others interested in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Through design-thinking workshops and small group activities, you'll develop a strategic mindset for problem-solving. Apply your new skills as you engage with local businesses to collaborate on real-world initiatives under the mentorship of alumni, faculty, staff and upperclass student leaders. All first-year students are welcome. Capacity is limited to 30 people.

      Learn more about Design Thinking Leadership

      International Student Orientation

      Aug. 12–17

      In this program, students from around the world will quickly build a strong, globally minded community of support on campus. You'll learn about academics and cultural adjustment, make valuable connections and have fun as you settle into Bucknell life. Attendance is mandatory for new Bucknell students on U.S. student visas, including teaching assistants and exchange students. While the program is designed for international students, all first-year students are welcome to join.

      Learn more about International Student Orientation

      RAMP Up!

      Aug. 13–17

      Join the T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) Peer Mentor Program and get exclusive access to RAMP Up!, a five-day retreat that builds community, introduces you to multicultural resources and provides support throughout your first year at Bucknell. Enjoy outdoor activities and workshops with campus leaders in a program designed to enhance your transition to college life and build relationships with upperclass student mentors. 

      Learn more about RAMP Up!

      Ryan Bailis in front of Facebook sign.

      Pre-Orientation Programs are a tremendous way to get involved on day one and build a close network of friends before classes start.

      Ryan Bailis '21, computer engineering and management

      Contact Details

      Division of Student Affairs


      211 Langone Center