Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions

Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions


Student FAQs

FAQ for Parents

What happens during Preview Days?

BU Preview Days provide 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. You will also participate in an advising session with a faculty member from your major. Additional opportunities include: taking your photo for your student ID, browsing a campus resource fair, learning about study abroad, residence life, meal plans and other vital resources to smoothly transition you to BU.

More importantly, Preview Days are an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow new students, as well as some of our top student leaders: the Orientation Workshop Staff! Check the orientation page frequently to see a tentative schedule of events.

Is there a cost to attend Preview Days?

No payment will be due at orientation; however, all new 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, entertainment and special activities during both summer and fall orientation.

Will I be with my parent/guardian during orientation?

Yes and no. There are some brief parts of the BU Preview Day schedule that are designed to meet your unique needs as a student, while other parts are designed just for your parent/supporter. At check-in, you and your parent/supporter will be provided with the appropriate schedule. Don’t fret! Appreciate the opportunity to establish independence, and experience Husky life on your own. You will be reunited with your family in no time!

Will I be able to take my photo for my student ID?

Yes. An opportunity to take your photo for your student ID has been built into the BU Preview Day schedule. You will receive your actual student ID card during the fall Welcome Weekend orientation.

Will I meet my advisor at orientation?

This depends on your program of study. In some cases you will meet the advisor who has been assigned to you via your major. In other cases, you will meet with a different advisor who is assisting with the orientation process, yet who is still from your major’s department. This meeting will take place during the My Major & Me Academic Advisement workshop. There, you will have an opportunity to meet with an advisor from your college to discuss your fall class schedule, major requirements, and academic and professional opportunities.

When will I receive my class schedule?

You will receive a tentative draft of your fall class schedule during the My Major & Me Academic Advisement workshop. Your class schedule will not become permanent until the week before classes begin. Changes are made to your schedule to reflect summer classes, transfer credits, enrollment needs, major changes and your personal preferences. For this reason, please refrain from contacting your advisor about your class schedule until the first week of classes.

What should I bring with me to my BU Preview Day?

You will receive a registration packet at 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 swag!

Can I turn in my Health Form during BU Preview Days?

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 orientation.

Where should I park during BU Preview Days?

Parking for BU Preview Days 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.

How long is a BU Preview Day?

Registration and light refreshments begin at 8:30am, followed by the program at 9:30 a.m. Typically, the day concludes by 4:30 p.m.

What do I do if I want to change my academic major?

If you decide you want to change your major, you must visit 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 orientations, 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.

I plan to play a sport at BU. Will I be able to meet with the coach at any time?

If you would like to set up a meeting with one of our athletic coaches, the best time to do so would be 3:30 p.m. or later, in order to not miss any of the mandatory orientation workshops. You can find contact information for our athletics staff here.

Do we have to eat on campus during orientation? I am on a special diet and am concerned I may not be able to eat.

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 requiring a gluten free diet, as well as menu items that are, dairy free, soy free, diabetic, kosher, and many other preferences and requirements. Bloomsburg also employs a dietician who works closely with students, parents, and dining services staff to ensure each student 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 or by emailing mlynn@bloomu.edu.

I, or someone in my party, has a mobility challenge. Is there a lot of walking during orientation? Are there wheelchairs available?

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.

What do I do if I need to change my RSVP for my BU Preview Day?

We understand that sometimes, life can be unpredictable. If you unexpectedly are unable to attend the BU Preview Day that you registered for, please call 570.389.4595. Based on capacity constraints, we will try our best to get you registered for another day that is convenient for you.

I have been admitted as a Summer Preparatory Academy student. When do I attend Orientation?

Summer Preparatory Academy students are required to attend orientation on July 2, 2017 only. You are NOT required to attend a BU Preview Day.

I have questions about financial aid and billing. Will I be able to meet with someone individually?

The financial aid and billing offices will present a workshop during orientation, but will not be available for individual appointments during orientation. The presentation will provide an overview of the financial aid and billing process, forms, timelines, and expectations. If you have individual questions, please contact Financial Aid at 570-389-4279 or the Bursar (billing) office at 570-389-4013.

I don’t know my email address, password, or student ID number.Whom can I contact for this information?

Please contact our Admissions Office at 570-389-4316.

I am a new freshman taking summer classes but am NOT with a summer program. Which orientation do I attend?

You are required to attend a BU Preview Day in between your classes. It is highly recommended you have a parent or guardian attend the entire day as well. You will register for orientation under the New Freshman link.

What if my question is not answered here, nor on the New Student Orientation website?

Please email the Orientation Office at orientation@bloomu.edu or call 570-389-4595.

Are parents/support persons required to attend the BU Preview Day?

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No, but you are strongly encouraged to attend! Approximately 95% of the first-year students who attend bring a support person, whether that is a parent, older sibling, relative, or mentor. By bringing a guest, two people are hearing the same information, which makes it easier to understand and follow-through with the next steps. If you cannot attend, consider sending a trusted friend or relative to accompany your student to provide support.

Why should I attend?

The reasons are endless! Whether this is your first, or fifth, student you are sending off to college, every school is different and policies change each year. Having the most up-to-date information is critical in order to best support your new student. At orientation, you will have an opportunity to meet with and hear from representatives from many different campus resources and departments, as well as valuable University personnel. Attending orientation allows you to learn about some of the expectations that will be placed on your first-year student, as well as guidance for you on how to relate to your new student. You will also be able to ask questions, receive answers, and share information with other parents/support persons who are experiencing this transition as well! BU Preview Days are as much for families, as they are for the student. We understand the transition from high-school to college is a unique experience for all who are involved in the student’s life. As such, we have designed the orientation program to meet your unique needs as well.

What if I can't attend?

First, encourage your student to take diligent notes throughout the day. When your student returns from BU Preview Day, ask questions and ask to see the materials they received at orientation. Review the Helpful Phone Numbers list and call the appropriate offices to get any information you need clarification on. You may also visit the Orientation website at www.bloomu.edu/orientation. We provide links to various campus resources and important information about your student’s transition to BU. You may also consider sending a trusted friend or relative to accompany your student to provide support.

Is there a fee for Orientation?

Guests attend orientation for free, but students pay a $95* fee, which will be included on their fall tuition bill. Guests are also required to pay for their own meals at our Scranton Commons dining hall. The orientation fee covers your student’s meals, materials, orientation staffing, entertainment and special activities during both summer and fall orientation, among other administrative costs. The cost for guest meals during the summer orientation experience is approximately $12.00. This cost includes an all-you can eat buffet of entrees, soup, salad, dessert and beverages. Please note, it is highly recommended you pre-pay for all guest meals here. Pre-payment significantly expedites your entry into the dining hall; however, payment is accepted at the door as well. Pre-payment of meals is non-refundable.

Will I be with my student throughout orientation?

Yes and no. There are some brief parts of the BU Preview Day schedule that are designed to meet your unique needs, while other parts are designed just for your student. At check-in, you and your student will be provided with appropriate schedules. Don’t fret (or for some of you, don’t celebrate too long!) You will be reunited with your student in no time!

Can I bring other children/dependents, relatives etc.?

BU loves families! However, young children can easily become bored (as you know!), so they sometimes have a difficult time during BU Preview Days. All children are welcome, as are other family members. Bringing additional guests is entirely up to you! If time allows, there is a Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg that may be of interest to you. There are also several restaurants in town that offer a kid-friendly atmosphere. Many restaurants also offer special discounts when you tell them you are in town for BU orientation. You may browse a list of participating retailers

Can I attend the Academic Advisement session with my son or daughter?

Academic Advisement is a time when your student will be discussing academic requirements with a faculty member representing their major. Topics will include fall class scheduling, classroom expectations, degree requirements and other information pertinent to their academic and professional career. This meeting is a critical first step for your student in learning how to interact with faculty, and understanding what the next 4 years may be like. For this reason, students practice their independence by attending this session alone, similar to how the fall will be. Concurrent to this student session, parent/support persons will hear from important campus departments who have information tailored to you! By attending your session, you are also showing your student you have confidence in this first step towards independence!

How long is a BU Preview Day?

Registration takes place between 8:30am and 9:20am. Light breakfast refreshments are available. Tentatively, the day will conclude around 4:30pm.

Can I turn in my students’ Health Form during BU Preview Days?

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 families during orientation.

I, or someone in my party, has a mobility challenge. Is there a lot of walking during orientation? Are there wheelchairs available?

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.

Where should I park during Preview Days?

Parking for BU Preview Days 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 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.

Do we have to eat on campus during orientation?

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 requiring a gluten free diet, as well as menu items that are, dairy free, soy free, diabetic, kosher, and many other preferences and requirements. Bloomsburg also employs a dietician who works closely with students, parents, and dining services staff to ensure each student 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 or by emailing mlynn@bloomu.edu.

I have questions about financial aid and billing. Will I be able to meet with someone individually?

The financial aid and billing offices will present a workshop during orientation, but will not be available for individual appointments. The presentation will provide an overview of the financial aid and billing process, forms, timelines, and expectations. If you have individual questions, please contact Financial Aid at 570-389-4279 or the Bursar (billing) office at 570-389-4013.

We would like to extend our stay in the area. What hotels do you recommend?

BU is home to some of the nicest bed and breakfasts, hotels and dining establishments. You can find a listing of recommended lodging and dining here. Mention you are in town for BU orientation and these university partners may have a special deal for you!

What do I do now?

Get excited! Whether this is your first or fifth to leave the nest, this is an exciting time for both you and your new student! As you prepare for the orientation experience, please support your student by following the Accepted Students Checklist. Now is also a good time to encourage your student to start earning and saving money (if they have not already) so they can enjoy the occasional slice of pizza while in college! Ask as many questions as you have, and encourage your new student to do the same! Our office is in place specifically to ensure a smooth and successful start to BU!
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