Students kayaking on the Susquehanna River

RAMP Up! (Ready, Aware, Motivated, Prepared) is a five-day Pre-Orientation program filled with exciting community-building activities designed to help students from underrepresented backgrounds make a strong start at Bucknell.

This program is an exclusive benefit for students who have been selected for the Together Everyone Achieves More (T.E.A.M.) Mentoring Program. T.E.A.M. partners first-year students from underrepresented backgrounds with upperclass peer mentors to provide the support and guidance needed to make a smooth transition to academic and social life at Bucknell.

The benefits of RAMP Up! continue long past Pre-Orientation. As a member of T.E.A.M., you'll gain year-long access to mentorship, private seminars and programs to assist you throughout your first year at Bucknell.

What You’ll Do

Led by T.E.A.M. mentors and staff, RAMP Up! introduces T.E.A.M. scholars to the study skills, campus resources and community connections needed for a solid start to college life. We will help you build your community, become familiar with cultural resources on campus and in the area, and establish a support system with students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Activities include a ropes course, camping, kayaking and visits to local businesses that cater to multicultural needs (such as barbers and restaurants). In addition, campus leaders will conduct workshops on self-care, time management, networking, study skills and more.

Whom It’s For

Any incoming first-year, transfer or exchange student who joins the T.E.A.M. Mentoring Program may participate. T.E.A.M. members are expected to attend RAMP Up!, but if there is a scheduling conflict (such as a summer job), you can still apply for T.E.A.M.

For more information or to apply, email mss@bucknell.edu.




Marcus Scales at ms090@bucknell.edu
Qyaira Colber at qc002@bucknell.edu.


Join the T.E.A.M.

Pre-Orientation Move-In Day Schedule

Friday, Aug. 16

7–11 a.m.

Arrival and Check-in
Outside Sojka Pavillion
Students will receive their room key and BUID and check in with their Pre-O program leaders. After check-in, head to your residence hall to unpack your belongings and settle in.

Representatives from a variety of campus offices will be present to answer your questions. Meet staff from Bertrand Library, Bucknell Nutrition, Bucknell Student Health, Campus Activities & Programs, GenFirst!, Global & Off-Campus Education, the Teaching & Learning Center and more.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Lunch
Bostwick Marketplace, Elaine Langone Center
All Pre-Orientation participants, their families and friends are invited to lunch as guests of the University (no charge). Pick up your lunch tickets at Pre-O check-in.
12:30 p.m.

Program Meetings
Meeting locations will be posted in June
Parents and families are invited to join their student and attend these meetings. Program leaders will share details about program schedules and expectations and will be available to answer questions

2 p.m.Students: Programs Begin
2 p.m.Families: University Welcome
Weis Center Concert Hall
University officials welcome and advise family members on the first year at Bucknell. Light refreshments will be served before the welcome; parents and families are invited to stay after to mingle.

More details about the move-in day schedule will be shared in early 2024.

Contact Details

Multicultural Student Services


59 Elaine Langone Center


08:30 a.m. - 04:30 p.m., Monday - Friday