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First Year Experience and Orientation

Bloomsburg’s Center for First-Year Experience and Student Transition is dedicated to making your transition to college life a 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. 

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Your transition to Bloomsburg University isn't confined to a one-day orientation event. We've designed an immersive program that will help you, along with your family and supporters, get ready to start your journey on the right 'paw'! The BU orientation program includes:

  • A pre-orientation virtual platform- Bloom Bound
  • The Zoom with Bloom webinar series (Check out the recorded episodes)
  • A New Student Orientation event (in-person or virtual)
  • The Before BU course (summer only)
  • Welcome Week

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

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The Jump Start program is designed to introduce you to campus and expand the skills you’ll need as a first-year college student. You’ll engage in programs and activities that will help you adapt and thrive in your academic, social, and cultural life at Bloomsburg.

You’ll receive focused support and guidance from faculty and staff who are committed to helping you succeed – both inside the classroom and in the University community.

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The Learning Communities at Bloomsburg University foster an inclusive environment where students with similar majors, interests, and goals are afforded rich and varied student learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. We offer 14 different learning communities to choose from:

  • American Sign language
  • Army ROTC
  • College of Education
  • Creative Arts
  • Digital Sciences
  • Environmental
  • Explore and Discover
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Health Sciences
  • Honors
  • Military and Veterans
  • Nursing
  • Zeigler College of Business

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Student Leader Opportunities

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Your Learning Experience

We’ll help you develop a personalized academic plan. Then we’ll turn our attention to helping you grow, develop, and get involved with leadership opportunities to match all your interests - making it both intentional and fun.

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Give spare moments value

We believe your education extends well beyond the classroom. At BU, you’ll find that even your spare time has value. With so many clubs and organizations for you to consider, you won’t have time to be bored.

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MyCore Overview

MyCore (general education) widens students’ social perspectives and enables them to develop both the academic and the applied skills they will need in the future while exploring the connectedness between subjects and disciplines.

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