Welcome to Bucknell! To help you plan for your transition to college, here are answers to some of your most commonly asked questions about student life at Bucknell.
Moving to Campus
First-year students live in designated first-year halls – McDonnell, Smith, Swartz and Vedder – most likely in a double-occupancy room. They have the option of choosing to live in a Residential College within a first-year building. Residential Colleges are themed living-learning communities — signups take place during fall course registration, which is due by June 15.
After completing the housing questionnaire, first-year students are matched with a roommate based upon their answers. Housing Services conducts roommate matching and assignments for first-year students.
First-year students are not able to request or choose their roommate. Roommate matching is done using the housing questionnaire. Based on your responses, you’ll be matched with a roommate who shares similar living characteristics — for example, your preferred bedtime, guest preferences, etc.
Students with mental health disabilities can request an emotional support animal accommodation through the housing accommodation request process. You can review the University’s Emotional Support Animal Policy here.
First-year students are not permitted to bring a car to campus.
The University operates a shuttle service with a route that includes campus, downtown Lewisburg, Walmart and the grocery stores located on Route 15. We also offer transportation to airports and train stations during University breaks and at the beginning and end of the fall and spring semester. More information about transportation can be found here.
New Student Orientation
"Pre-O" refers to our themed Pre-Orientation programs, which take place right before Orientation starts. They’re 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. You can learn more about Pre-O programs and sign up here. Registration is open until June 30 and is first-come, first-served.
New Student Orientation for the Class of 2026 and transfer students will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 21. Please visit the Orientation page for more information about this exciting introduction to life at Bucknell.
Students look forward to many annual University events — here are a few examples:
Convocation and Candlelighting
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Fall Fest — annual carnival and outdoor concert
Center Stage — comedian performance
Black Student Union Stomp Out and Fashion Show
Christy's A Capella Concert
You will find that Bucknellians are broadly engaged in activities and projects on- and off-campus. Students are incredibly focused on their academic success and yet make time to socialize, work out at the KLARC, and develop their leadership skills through involvement in clubs and organizations.
Lewisburg offers great outdoor opportunities on the Susquehanna River, the local rail trail (for walking, running and biking), countless hiking spots and nearby ski areas. Favorite local student destinations include Knoebels Amusement Park, Ard’s Farm (featuring hayrides, pumpkin patch, a corn maze and more), the Little League World Series, Penn’s Cave and much more. Of course, Lewisburg has some incredible restaurants, coffee shops, stores and downtown events!
If you need some city time, you’ll find that Bucknell is centrally located between New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
All first-year students are enrolled in the Anytime Access meal plan. This provides access to Bostwick Marketplace, an all-you-care-to-eat facility, as well as $75 in Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars can be used at any dining location on campus, including 7th Street Café, the Bison, the Library Café, the Commons Café and even concession stands at athletics events.
Bostwick Marketplace is where you’ll eat most often as a first-year student. There are a variety of stations in Bostwick that offer varied menu options all day long.
Bucknell Dining offers dozens of delicious options to meet specific dietary and nutritional needs, including food allergies. Consultations with a staff nutritionist are also available.
There are many ways to be a student-athlete at Bucknell, from varsity sports to club sports and intramurals. Here’s a great resource for students interested in learning more about being a DI student-athlete.
Students who meet the Federal Work-Study Program requirements will receive work-study positions as part of their financial aid package. Questions about this program may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.
Many work-study positions are on-campus; however, Bucknell’s work-study eligible students can also participate in the Community Service Federal Work-Study Program. This program matches students with non-profit organizations to do work that benefits local residents and the public good. Contact the Office of Civic Engagement to learn more.
Students can also seek non-work-study jobs on campus. To find out more about open jobs, search in myBucknell and Handshake. Contact Student Employment for more information.