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New Freshmen Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions
New Freshmen Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during BU 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, visits 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 BU Preview Days?
No payment will be due at orientation; however, all new students pay a $95 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/guardian. At check-in, you and your parent/guardian will be provided with the appropriate schedule. Don’t fret! 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.
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. 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 paraphernalia!
Can I turn in my Health Form during BU Preview Days?
Yes! At the Campus Information Fair, the BU Health Center will have a table set up where you can turn in your completed health forms. Staff from the Health Center will also be available to answer any questions you might have. If you lose your form, you can download and print another copy here. An incomplete Health Form results in a hold being placed on your record.
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 breakfast begin at 8:00am, followed by the program at 9:00am. 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 3:30pm 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 email@example.com.
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 or 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 Freshmen or ACT 101/EOP student. When do I attend Orientation?
Summer Freshmen and Act 101/EOP students are required to attend Summer Freshmen or ACT 101/EOP orientation on June 30th 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, and/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 I am NOT affiliated 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (570) 389-4595.