Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation

Welcome! To ease your transition to BU, the Orientation Office offers a comprehensive online orientation experience. However, if you would prefer an in-person orientation experience, you are encouraged to attend a BU Preview day!

BU Preview days offer are a perfect opportunity for you to meet faculty and fellow transfer students, get a closer look at our scenic campus and learn about the activities and support services available to students.

If you find your major listed below, you are required to attend a BU Preview Day, which is an in-person orientation. If you do not find your major listed below, Preview Day is optional.

  • Anthropology
  • ASL/English Interpreting
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Exceptionality Programs
  • Language and Cultures
  • Management and International Business
  • Mass Communication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Teaching and Learning

If you do not see your major listed, attendance at an in-person BU Preview Day is optional. You will receive an email with a link to your online orientation. For additional information about BU Preview days, please visit the links to the left hand side of this page, especially the Orientation FAQs!

Thank you for helping us make the most of your Orientation experience!

Preview Day Schedule (July 10-12)

  • 8:30 to 9:20 am — Registration and Light Refreshments Haas Center
    Welcome! Check-in, shake off the traveling stiffness and grab a coffee!
  • 9:30 to 10:20 am — Welcome to Husky Life! Haas Center Be warmly greeted by our University President and other BU personnel! Find out what to expect during your day!
  • 10:20 to 10:50 am — Navigating Financial Aid and Billing: Protecting Your Investment
    Learn how to navigate and understand the financial aid and billing processes related to your education.
  • 10:50 to 11:20 am — Living and Eating, Husky Style
    Nervous about freshman living? (“What’s it really like to share a bathroom with strangers?”) Concerned about freshman eating? (“Is the freshman 15 really true!?!?”) Dispel the myths, relieve your fears, and get excited about what freshman living, eating and succeeding is all about! Also explore the array of services in place to ensure a safe, healthy, and enjoyable Husky experience! Want a glimpse of what the Dean’s Office has to offer, check us out ahead of time.
  • 11:20 to 11:35 am — ProfessionalU
    ProfessionalU is a specialized development experience unique to Bloomsburg University available to all students. ProfessionalU helps students Get Ready. Get Experience. Get Connected. and Get Hired! These experiences begin in the freshman year!
  • 11:45 to 12:3 0pm — My College & Me: College Deans’ workshop
    Meet your College Dean (a person you really want to get to know)! Learn about academic standards, extracurricular experiences and research opportunities associated with your College! Explore related majors and minors you may wish to add to your academic goals. Get a jump start on learning more about your college.
  • 12:30 to 1:20 pm — Lunch (all you care to eat! Don’t be shy!)
  • 1:20 to 1:50 pm — New at BU Information Fair & Student ID Photos
    Over 40 campus and community vendors are waiting to meet you and share what they have to contribute to your Husky experience! Discuss banking, health care, dining options, and student leadership and involvement and much, much more! Prizes and give-a-ways galore! Don’t forget to smile big for your student ID photo. IDs will be distributed upon your return to campus in the fall.
    Note: During lunch and the Information Fair, you will have a chance to attend optional workshops to learn about opportunities in:
  • 2 to 3 pm —         My Major & Me: Academic Advisement workshop
    Your fall class schedule. Meeting an Academic Advisor. Learning the requirements of your major. Meeting other students in your major. These are the moments you’ve been waiting for. Well, here they are.
  • 3:10 to 4 pm — “From Highschool to Husky” experience
    This meeting is so secret we can’t even describe it online. (Your parents aren’t even allowed to attend) You simply have to be there. Yep. That’s all we’re giving up!


Same as your new student until…

  • 2 to 2:30 pm — High Husky Expectations
    This workshop introduces parents to the environment of safety, community, and high standards we have for all our students. College is a learning experience for students and families. Let’s explore some of the many resources in place to ensure a fantastic learning and growing experience for everyone! Want a glimpse of what the Dean’s Office has to offer, check us out ahead of time!
  • 2:35 to 3:35 pm — Husky Helpers Panel
    We won’t make her bed the way you do, and we can’t fold his t-shirts that special way only you can, but we do offer many resources and services which aim to give your student as “home-like” an experience as possible. Bring all the questions you’ve generated and we will answer each one! This workshop is one of the most highly related of the day! You will soon see why…
  • 3:40 to 4 pm — The Parent Party!
    I would love to tell you about this…. but it’s a secret….And really, who doesn’t love to end the day with a “bang!”

A couple notes…

Parking for orientation is the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Parking Lot located on Lightstreet Rd. Orientation staff will eagerly direct you from the parking lot to check-in and breakfast. If you find the Hospital Parking lot is full, overflow parking is behind the Andruss Library. The BU campus map may be helpful to you in your travels.

Wondering what to bring??? Just bring yourself, an open mind, and maybe something to write with! Remember to check the weather! It never rains in Bloomsburg :) …. But just in case it decides to start during orientation, we want our huskies to be prepared!

Staying overnight? Check out our corporate sponsors for comfortable and convenient lodging and dining. Be sure to tell them you are in town for BU orientation- they may have a special discount for you!

Still have questions? We’ve got an app for that! It’s called the New Student Orientation Office… and it is actually not an app… It’s an office. But we are a helpful office nonetheless: