Residential Colleges

Res College students in water purification lab

Get a jump-start on your Bucknell experience from your first day on campus. Discover the Residential Colleges, our signature academic program for first-year students, and quickly connect with people and resources that will help you get the most from every moment at the University.

Each of our nine themed living-learning communities offers the perfect opportunity to pursue your passion, deepen your knowledge, and get to know classmates and faculty who share your interest. Thousands of Bucknellians have enjoyed this 34-year tradition, and many past participants say the program stands out as one of the best parts of their Bucknell experience.

In addition to unlocking exciting opportunities across campus, you’ll also earn credit toward your degree.

What You’ll Do

If you crave high-impact intellectual adventure that goes beyond textbooks, you’ll thrive in the Residential Colleges, where you’ll enjoy a fully engaged experience that explodes classroom boundaries with immersive learning. 

As a member of a tight-knit community of students who share your interest, you’ll live on the same hall and learn side-by-side in your common fall semester Foundation Seminar taught by faculty known as Senior Fellows. At the same time, you’ll take your curiosity across campus and beyond to explore related topics through field trips, special events, research projects, “common hours” with faculty mentors, service projects, social activities and much more. Each college has Junior Fellows — older students who plan events and assist with programming. You’ll gain instant introductions to people, programs and academic resources that will develop your leadership skills and accelerate your journey to success.

Whom They’re For

Residential Colleges are open to all first-year students — it doesn’t matter what you plan to major in. Whether you want to be an engineer, an artist, a business leader, a writer, a physician or anything else, you can sign up to join whichever Residential College interests you. 

Diversity abounds, even within individual Residential Colleges, which brings interdisciplinary perspective to your experience. While you’ll share a broad common interest such as social justice or technology, you’ll meet classmates from across the country and around the world, with a wide variety of backgrounds. 

For instance, recent Food College members include mechanical engineering and music education majors. You could meet a physics or management major in the Humanities College, find friends studying electrical engineering and chemistry in the Arts College, and connect with education and cell biology majors in the Languages & Cultures College. 

Professors from different disciplines often collaborate in individual colleges, too — so you might find English and biology professors working together in the Environmental College, or biomedical engineers and psychologists teaming up in the Discovery College. 

How to Sign Up

The program is part of your academic journey, so you sign up for a Residential College by selecting a Foundation Seminar when you register for your first-semester courses in May. Your housing assignment will follow, placing you with hallmates who’ll accompany you throughout your first year — and form the beginning of lasting Bucknell friendships.
 

 

Residential College Options

Kareen George '22

Being a part of this program both as a resident and Junior Fellow has been a very fun experience and I couldn't imagine how my first year here would have gone without it! I strongly recommend choosing a Residential College if you come to Bucknell.

Kareen George '22

Residential Colleges

Location

101 Smith Hall