Welcome to Bucknell University, Class of 2024! We're excited to have you join our community of explorers, artists and innovators who, like you, are driven to reshape the world.

Our students, faculty and staff look forward to supporting you as you engage inside and outside of the classroom, challenge long-standing assumptions and take bold steps in learning.

Below, you can explore some of the information you'll need as you begin your journey to Bucknell.

Join B2B: Bison to Bison

We're proud to introduce B2B: Bison to Bison, our online community open to students admitted into the Class of 2024 and their families. 

Log in using the unique link we sent to you by email, and begin by joining one or more of our 14 communities — from Ask an Admissions Counselor to Housing & Dining to Student Support.

You'll find friendly and welcoming Bucknellians ready to answer questions and share their stories.  

Update About Spring Visits

Bucknell is continuously tracking the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and working to mitigate potential risks it poses. The safety of students — both current and future — as well as our faculty and staff is our top priority.

As such, we have cancelled:

  • Enrolled Student Day (March 21)
  • Admitted Student Day (April 18)
  • On-campus visits, including tours and preview programs, through April 30, at which point we may adjust our policies to reflect the status of the public health situation

We know this news will be disappointing to you and your fellow members of the Class of 2024. We're disappointed, too. But please make note of two important points:

  • Our preparations continue for your arrival this fall. We encourage you to watch your email for regular updates about class registration, housing, Pre-Orientation and Orientation programs, and more. 
  • While our in-person experience has been cancelled, we look forward to launching B2B: Bison to Bison, our admitted student network that will allow you to connect with faculty, learn more about life on campus, communicate with current students and get your questions answered. We'll share more information soon.

The Coronavirus and Your Final Semester of High School

We understand the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic may have changed the trajectory of your academic year. It has affected us, too.

Please send your transcripts to us as soon as you can, but know that we understand there are currently a lot of unanswered questions.

While we generally expect the remainder of your senior year of high school to be consistent with the academic and personal record presented in your application, rest assured that no matter what happens, we will work with you and be flexible.


"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. Whether you explore the arts, the outdoors or any of our other themes, you'll expand your mind, discover valuable Bucknell resources and have a lot of fun as you settle into college life. 

Pre-Orientation programs run from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18, 2020. 

Explore pre-orientation programs

New Student Orientation

Our on-campus Orientation programs, held in August, focus on academic and social expectations, learning University traditions and providing opportunities for students to meet their new classmates.

Orientation begins Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

Learn more about New Student Orientation

Other Key Dates 

Aug. 23, 2020:Convocation and Candlelighting
Aug. 24, 2020: Classes begin

Recommended First Semester Courses

Wondering which classes you should choose for your first semester at Bucknell? The guide below outlines your options and recommended first-semester courses for your major.

Curious about future semesters? Explore the Academic & Planning Calendar.

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Explore Your Opportunities

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    Residential Colleges

    Living-learning Experience

    Sign up for a Residential College at the same time you choose your first-semester courses.

    Residential Colleges are living-learning communities for first-year students.

    They are open to all 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.

    The Residential Colleges are tied to a first-semester class, so you'll get to live and learn with students who share your interests. Students who have participated in them say they have been among the best experiences of their Bucknell education.

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    Global & Off-campus Education

    Study Abroad

    There's no substitute for the experience of exploring new places, meeting new people and the learning that happens through those encounters.

    At Bucknell, we give our students countless opportunities to learn about the world on and off campus with their own eyes and ears.

    Through our "Bucknell In" programs, exchanges and more than 450 partner programs, students can travel and explore the world around them while keeping their graduation requirements on track.


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