The Office of the First-year Experience (FYE) is here to make your Bucknell transition successful through a wide variety of opportunities to make connections with your peers and get involved on campus.

In support of the Bucknell University mission, our office seeks to facilitate the academic and social transition of new students to the Bucknell community. Through participation in FYE programs students will develop academically and intellectually, cultivate interpersonal relationships with peers, explore diverse identities and intersections, discover career and involvement opportunities, create healthy habits, understand civic responsibility, and articulate unique values and beliefs.

Your First Year

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Join us for a Bison Gathering! It's a great way for incoming first-year students and their families to meet current Bucknell students, parents and alumni.

Join us for a Bison Gathering! It's a great way for incoming first-year students and their families to meet current Bucknell students, parents and alumni.

Bison Gatherings

First-year Common Reading

Each year, Bucknell selects a common reading for the incoming class. New students discuss the book with each other, faculty members and staff at New Student Orientation.

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Pre-Orientation Programs

Can't wait to get here? Attend a pre-orientation program. They are designed to help acclimate students and introduce them to fellow classmates, upperclass students and University administrators before orientation even begins.

Pre-Orientation Programs

The Residential Colleges

Connect with your peers and professors before you even go to your first class.

Each Residential College is tied to a first-semester class, which means you get to live and learn with students who share your interests and connect with your professors outside of class.

Learn more about the Residential Colleges
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Get Involved on Campus

Over 150 clubs and organizations give students a chance to become involved and make friends with others who share their same interests. From music and theatre groups to service clubs to academic societies, there are so many leadership opportunities. And, if you don't find what you're looking for, you can form your own group!

Explore our student orgs
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More About Your First Year at Bucknell


What is First Night?

First Night is a celebration for each class to mark the upcoming completion of their first semester and the beginning of their life-long journey as Bucknellians.

Your Bucknell ID Card

Your BU ID, provided through Card Services, lets you accomplish all those behind-the-scenes tasks of campus life. Enter your residence hall. Get into free events or purchase tickets. Check out materials from the library. Do your laundry. Shop in downtown Lewisburg. And, most importantly, eat!

Your BU ID

Places I've Been

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