The Bucknell Wilderness experience known as BuckWild is a dynamic outdoor pre-orientation program held in Central Pennsylvania on August 16-20, 2019.

There is a variety of outdoor pursuits such has hiking, paddling, backpacking and more that you can choose between. Be sure to check out the trips page to see the housing, bathroom, and technical options that can fit all your needs to be successful transitioning into your first year.


Important Dates

April 13 - Admitted Students Day, Check out the BuckWild Tables to Learn about the program. If you can't make it email getoutside@bucknell.edu

May 6 - REGISTRATION OPENS, First come first serve on spots. You must have your new OFFICIAL Bucknell Log in.

June 23 - Pre-Orientation Enrollment Deadline

July 28 - Waivers, Informational Sheets & Medical Disclosure Forms Due

Aug. 16 - Move In from 7-11 a.m. into your residence hall room for the fall

Aug. 16-20 - BuckWild Trips begin starting at 12:30 pm in the Weis Center


The goal of BuckWild is to help you transition into life at Bucknell. College can be tough because not only is it the first time for many students to have full control and freedom over their own lives but also have new experiences, meet new people and adapt to a new culture and community. To help with some of these challenges BuckWild aims to connect you with fellow classmates, introduce you to upperclassmen mentors and campus culture, build teamwork, enhance leadership skills, and broaden your perspectives. All of this contributes to the foundation of a support network for the rest of your time at Bucknell. We believe this experience will help you boost personal confidence and manage academic, social and personal challenges accordingly.

Bucknell University is known not only for providing its students with a world-class education but also with the tools to succeed outside of the classroom. Today's graduates will leave Bucknell with a tremendous education including strong leadership, communication, and problem solving skills whether in the backcountry, the classroom, the boardroom, or the lab.

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Get Outside on your own or with your friends using Outdoor Education & Leadership Equipment. A full rental center and student space is located in the Tustin Basecamp.

Rental Center

Get Outside on your own or with your friends using Outdoor Education & Leadership Equipment. A full rental center and student space is located in the Tustin Basecamp.

Rental Center

BuckWild Registration

BuckWild Registration

BuckWild Registration

Registration will be available May 6, 2019. Payments types will be collected at the time of enrollment. You will need your BUID, email, and password. You will need your bank routing numbers (paid as soon as you enroll), a check (sent through the mail), money order (sent through the mail), or you may ask for financial assistance waiver to cover some of the costs of the program. If you ask for the waiver we will be in touch.

We will do our best to accommodate one of the top four trip choices that you choose during registration. Please be open to many of the excursions. If you require special needs for certain trips please email getoutside@bucknell.edu.

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