Prize patrol selects a winner at summer orientation

First-Year Experience and Orientation

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

Our in-person New Student Orientation dates are organized by your major and academic college. Not sure of your major? Each section includes the major that academic college includes! Virtual orientation dates are for all majors.

The in-person orientation dates are first-come-first-serve! Make sure you download the GuideBook app before your New Student Orientation for day-of event details!

The Bloomsburg Orientation Season

Your transition to Bloomsburg University 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. Register below or check out the recorded episodes!

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.

The Before BU BOLT course will go live on July 5th. To access the 2021 New Student Orientation course, please visit


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!

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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.