Why Join a Residential College?
Blend Life and Learning
Take your learning further by living on a hall with students interested in the same topic as you. Together, you’ll explore that topic inside and outside of class, forge lasting friendships and connect with professors and older students who’ll become your mentors. You’ll go on trips, serve your community and broaden your perspectives.
Venture Beyond Campus
Residential Colleges travel off campus to visit sites related to their coursework and discussions. Group trips might include taking in a museum, exhibit or performance in a nearby major city, or diving into the region around Bucknell with outdoor excursions and visits to historic sites like the Gettysburg Battlefield.
These activities introduce you to Bucknell and set you up to explore further. Students in the Residential Colleges say they are more likely to:
- Participate in service-learning opportunities.
- Attend art exhibits and performances.
- Talk about ideas and career plans with faculty.
- Work with faculty on projects outside of coursework.
- Try to better understand someone else’s views.
Connect with Mentors
Faculty members known as senior fellows lead each Residential College, guiding weekly common hour discussions, traveling off campus with students and joining students in informal conversations. Bucknell sophomores, called junior fellows, live on the halls with first-year students and help them plan activities and get to know campus. Lifelong friendships have emerged from these early connections.