Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions

Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during Orientation?

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, as well as some of our top student leaders: the Orientation Workshop Staff!

Is there a cost to attend Orientation?

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.

Will I be with my parent/guardian during Orientation?

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. At check-in, you and your parent/supporter will be provided with the appropriate schedule. 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 Orientation schedule. You will receive your actual student ID card toward the end of Orientation.

What should I bring with me to my Orientation?

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 swag!

Can I turn in my Health Form during Orientation?

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.

Where should I park during Orientation?

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.

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.

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 Orientation?

We understand that sometimes, life can be unpredictable. If you unexpectedly are unable to attend the Orientation that you registered for, please call 570.389.4595.

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.

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.