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First Year Experience and Orientation

Every journey needs a map. Chart your course to the top at orientation.

Mark your calendars - Dates for New Student Orientation events are below! Additional details and registration will be available in mid-April!

  • Wednesday, June 9 (on-campus)

  • Thursday, June 10 (on-campus)

  • Friday, June 11 (on-campus)

  • Saturday, June 12 (virtual)

  • Monday, June 21 (on-campus)

  • Tuesday, June 22 (on-campus)

  • Wednesday, June 23 (on-campus)

The Bloomsburg Orientation Process

Here at Bloomsburg University, your transition from high school to Husky isn't confined to a one-day orientation event. We've designed a summer-long immersive program that will help you, your family, and supporters, get ready to start your journey on the right 'paw'!

Bloom Bound is a virtual program for you to complete prior to your New Student Orientation event. here, you'll learn more about:

  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Support Services
  • What it means to be a Husky

Zoom with Bloom is a webinar series focused on key topics designed to engage, educate, and inform you, as well as your family and supporters. Topics to include:

  • Living in the Residence Halls
  • Course Scheduling
  • The Jump Start Program
  • Navigating the Bloomsburg Campus

Your orientation day is a great opportunity for you to:

  • Learn about the different academic and professional opportunities from current students and faculty.
  • Start planning your academic future with a fall semester schedule overview along with coursework requirements.
  • Get introduced to important software tools you'll use as a student.
  • Connect with your fellow students.
  • Explore the campus and downtown.

During your New Student Orientation day this summer, you'll learn more about your required "Before BU Course" on BOLT (Bloomsburg Online Learning and Teaching - our primary online learning platform). The "Before BU Course" is comprised of a series of short modules about various campus expectations and opportunities.

Husky Orientation and Welcome Leaders, or H.O.W.L.'s as we affectionately refer to them, are highly trained student leaders whose job is to help new students adjust to life at Bloomsburg University. There are more than 75 spirited and talented HOWLs who will serve as your personal hosts and share their experiences, tips and strategies for success.

HOWLs range from sophomores to seniors and cover nearly every major offered at BU. They live on and off-campus and are each involved in an average of at least three other student organizations on campus. Each of the HOWLs are individually unique yet collectively united and work on making this the best transition for each student.

Your official introduction to Husky Life!

Welcome Week begins on Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021 - once all first year students have moved to campus. During Welcome Week, you'll be introduced to college life at BU through a series workshops, social events, guest speakers, and peer interaction. You'll also learn more about Husky traditions and campus culture so you're prepared for your first day of class!

Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions? We have answers!

Orientation provides a brief, yet informative snapshot into your new life as a BU student. You will hear presentations from various University personnel, campus resources and learn about important policies in place to ensure your success. Additional opportunities include taking your photo for your student ID, browsing a campus resource fair and other vital resources to smoothly transition you to BU. More importantly, Orientation is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow new students.

No payment will be due at orientation; however, all new First year and Transfer students pay a $95.00 orientation fee. This nonrefundable fee will be included on the fall tuition bill. The orientation fee covers each student meal, orientation materials and staff, special activities during both summer, spring and fall orientations.

Yes and no. There are some brief parts of the Orientation schedule that are designed to meet your unique needs as a student, while other parts are designed just for your parent/supporter. Appreciate the opportunity to establish independence, and experience Husky life on your own. You will be reunited with your family in no time!

Yes. An opportunity to take your photo for your student ID has been built into the Orientation schedule. You will receive your actual student ID when you return to campus in the fall.

You will receive a packet at Orientation check-in, which contains everything you need to get through the day. However, you will also need a photo ID, your BU email address, and student ID number. It is always a good idea to bring money for the Campus Bookstore so you can stock up on lots of great BU merchandise!

Health form completion is entirely electronic. You may complete and submit all health forms at the Health Center webpage. Health Center staff will be available to speak with you during the orientation resource fair.

Parking for Orientation is in the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot, which is directly off Lightstreet Road. There will be orientation staff at the parking lot, as well as along the path directing you to registration. Handicap parking is available in various locations throughout campus. A campus map will assist you as you arrive on campus. You do not need a special parking tag to park during orientation.

If you decide you want to change your major, you must contact the Admissions Office, located on the first floor of the Warren Student Services Center. The Admissions Office will record your request, and submit it for review. Please be aware by the point of orientation, the vast majority of our majors are at capacity, and thus will not accept additional enrollees. Thus, it is highly unlikely major change requests will be granted, and no requests are processed on the same day as orientation. You will receive written correspondence after all orientations have concluded detailing the outcome of your request.

Our dining services provider, Aramark, does a fantastic job at providing meal options for a diverse selection of dietary needs. We offer dedicated cooking stations for those with specific dietary needs. Bloomsburg also employs a dietician who works closely with students, supporters, and dining services staff to ensure each customer is able to consume daily meals that are stress free and delicious! To address your dietary needs specifically, please contact our dining services team here by calling 570-389-4484.

There is quite a bit of walking during orientation, and there are also stairs to climb. Please know that there are elevators in our campus buildings. Although we try to minimize group movement as much as we can, it is not always possible. All of the workshops tend to be in the same areas of campus, but Bloomsburg is a “hilly” environment. Orientation staff are available throughout the day to direct all of our guests along a route that is most accessible. Please feel free to ask for guidance. Bloomsburg University does have a wheelchair for guests. Please contact the Accommodative Services office at 570-389-4491 if you will need this equipment. If you require the use of other personal devices or equipment, please bring them with you to aid in your comfort on our campus.

We understand that life can be unpredictable and changes might need to be made. If you are unable to attend the Orientation date that you registered for, please call 570.389.4595.

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Students in residence hall room

First-Year Experience

Bloomsburg’s First-Year Experience Center is dedicated to making your transition to college life success. The Center works closely with the Jump Start and New Student Orientation programs, as well as BU's Learning Communities, Academic Advisement, and the First-Year Seminar courses for incoming students. These First-Year Seminars lay the foundation for your future academic success — covering study skills, time management, and cultural diversity.