About Residential Colleges

Residential Colleges Staff

Meet the faculty and staff advisers who can answer your questions about the Residential Colleges. Student staff members are listed on the individual Residential College pages. 

Meet the staff

How to Sign Up

To sign up for a Residential College, select the Foundation Seminar associated with your choice of Residential College on your Course Registration Form. Courses are coded RESC.

Detailed sign-up instructions

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.

Residential Colleges


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