Living-learning communities for first-year 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. 

Why Choose a Residential College?


Blend Life and Learning

Live 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, broaden your perspectives. And you'll be prepared to lead and succeed at Bucknell and beyond.

Seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit

Venture Beyond Campus

Residential Colleges travel off campus to visit sites related to their coursework and discussions.

In the past, groups have traveled to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit, the Dialogues with Darwin exhibit, the National Gallery, the Newseum, the Spy Museum and historic Harlem. They've also seen plays in New York, visited the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and toured the Gettysburg Battlefield.

on a trip to Washington, D.C.

Prepare to Lead and Succeed

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. Both the Junior and the Senior Fellows are there to become mentors for first-year students. Lifelong friendships have emerged from these early connections.

Residential Colleges


themed living-learning communities

Arts College

Explore, engage and energize your creativity with like-minded peers and supportive faculty. Collaborate to move your work from the classroom to arts spaces across campus and in the community.

Arts College

Discovery College

Discovery College

Learn how science, technology, engineering and mathematics change the world every day. Participate in hands-on activities and visit sites of past breakthroughs. Gain fresh perspective on STEM fields through the lenses of other disciplines, including history, philosophy and education.

Discovery College

Environmental College

Environmental College

Examine the complex scientific, cultural, political and ethical dimensions of environmental issues. Explore the ecological impact of human activities, and study successes in sustainable development. Raise awareness and celebrate the wonder of the natural world.

Environmental College

Food College

Food Colleges

Partner with a local organic farm and study the process and industry of growing food, the connections between food and sustainability, and food
as a cultural phenomenon. Evaluate the complex interrelationships between humans, food production and the natural world.

Food College

Global College

Global College

Examine pressing global issues - such as human rights, sustainability, migration and identity - relevant to our increasingly interdependent international community. Take a close look at internationalization, globalization, and related themes tied to culture, controversies and solutions.

Global College

Humanities College

Humanities College

Employers seek workers who can think critically and are broadly educated. Dive into the great ideas of the humanities, from Plato to Poe, from ancient history to modern trends in human artistic production - literature, philosophy, religion, history and more.

Humanities College

Languages & Cultures College

Languages and Cultures

Understand national and cultural perspectives of people around the globe. Explore the world's cultures through language, holidays and cuisine. Build your skills in cross-cultural communication. Prepare yourself to make the most of a study abroad experience.

Languages & Cultures College

Social Justice College

Social Justice

Critically examine marginalization based on intersections of age, ability, class, gender, race, religion and sexuality. Meet the challenge of these complex societal issues and learn how to work locally and globally toward a more just world.

Social Justice College

Society & Technology College

Society and Technology

Examine the possibilities inherent in technology and related ethical, economic and policy challenges. Consider the ways technology contributes to and detracts from society. Work together to design technological solutions in a creative environment.

Society & Technology College

Meet Res College Alumni


Society & Technology Residential College

Nicole Kendrot '09

Nicole Kendrot '09

"They’re trying to wade through all the complexities, to figure out: How much do I owe? When do I owe it? How much am I going to owe? What do I do if I can’t afford these payments?"

Alumni Story: Nicole Kendrot '09

Global Residential College

Doug Lebda '92

Frustrated by the process of getting his first mortgage, in 1996 Lebda founded LendingTree.com, which revolutionized the way consumers shop for mortgages and how lenders reach new customers.

Speaking of Success: Doug Lebda '92
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