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 2024 were invited to reserve a space in a Pre-O program after their enrollment deposit was processed. Signups for Pre-O are first come, first served. Because all Pre-O programs run concurrently, students may choose only one.

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Pre-Orientation Program Dates

"Pre-O" programs for members of the Class of 2024 who registered will be held in the days prior to the beginning of first-year move-in on Aug. 12. Please note that dates and details have changed for some programs. Updated Pre-O information is as follows: 

  • Arts First: Aug. 11-14 (in person; early move-in required)*
  • Backstage Bucknell (Engineering Success Alliance): Aug. 11-14 (now online; no need to move in early)
  • BuckWild: Due to the remote nature of this wilderness experience, this program has been canceled for 2020.
  • Design Thinking Leadership: Aug. 8-11 (now online; no need to move in early)
  • First Stop: Independence!: Due to restrictions on travel and tourism, this program has been canceled for 2020.
  • International Student Orientation: Aug. 11-14 (in person; early move-in required)**
  • Ramp Up: Aug. 10-14 (now online; no need to move in early) 

*Arts First participants will receive direct communication from their program director about move-in times.

**International students will receive detailed arrival information from International Student Services (ISS). Please contact ISS staff with specific questions about your situation.


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

Arts First

    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

    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 upperclass student leaders. All first-year students are welcome. Capacity is limited to 30 people.

    Learn more about Design Thinking Leadership

    International Student Orientation

    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!

    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!

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