Pre-O programs for members of the Class of 2026 who registered will be held in the days prior the beginning of first-year move-in.
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.
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Backstage Bucknell (Engineering Success Alliance)
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.
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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.
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Design Thinking Leadership
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 student leaders. All first-year students are welcome. Capacity is limited to 30 people.
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Travel with fellow students to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where you'll enjoy excursions, events and interactions with local leaders — all designed to help you explore the issues affecting this important region. Though this Pre-Orientation program lasts less than a week, the impact it will leave on you — and you'll leave on the southern coal region of West Virginia — will last throughout your Bucknell career and beyond.
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First Stop: Independence!
Hosted by the Freeman College of Management, this exciting Pre-O program takes first-year students on a five-day educational adventure through Philadelphia. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the "City of Brotherly Love" as you get to know your classmates and student mentors. You'll also have exclusive opportunities to network with alumni and learn about the wide variety of career paths taken by the many Bucknell graduates who work in the city.
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GC3: Global Connections, Cultures & Community
In this program, formerly known as International Student Orientation, 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, any first-year student is welcome to join.
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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 student mentors.
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Taste, Tech & Teamwork
Join fellow first-year students, experienced student leaders and Bucknell staff as you explore one of the nation's hottest tech towns. You'll fly to Charlotte, N.C., to meet alumni business leaders at their offices, tour local foodie hotspots, test out your teamwork skills at the U.S. National Whitewater Center and much more.
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