Welcome to Bucknell University, Class of 2026! 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.

So what comes next? You'll receive information from various campus offices to guide you through the process of becoming a Bucknellian, including information on how to set up your new Bucknell email address. Once you have your @bucknell.edu account, be sure to check it regularly for more important updates as fall approaches.

Below, we've collected even more of the information you'll need as your Bucknell journey nears.

Class of 2026 Welcome Video

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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.

Fall Course Registration and Advising

Full instructions about academic advising and course registration are now available.

Get started here

Move-in Dates

Move-in day for incoming first-year students is Wednesday, Aug. 17. First-year students traveling from a distance are able to check in on Tuesday, Aug. 16 between 1 and 4 p.m. Students participating in Pre-Orientation will move into their residence hall on the day their program begins.

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Orientation Dates

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. 17, 2022.

Prepare for Orientation


"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-O begins Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

Learn about Pre-Orientation

Other Key Dates

Aug. 21, 2022: Convocation and Candlelighting
Aug. 22, 2022: Classes begin
Sept. 16 – 18, 2022: Family Weekend
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022: Homecoming
Dec. 6, 2022: Classes end for semester
Dec. 15, 2022: Finals End

Curious about future semesters? Explore the Academic & Planning Calendar

Visit Options for Admitted Students

As you continue preparations to arrive at Bucknell, please watch your email for an invitation to Enrolled Student Day. We also invite you to explore virtual and in-person visit options and browse our Virtual Welcome Center.

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Whether you're celebrating a graduation, the latest Bison win or just want to show your Bucknell spirit, we have the decorations to make your next party say 'ray Bucknell!

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