Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions

Preview Days Questions

Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions


What happens during Preview Days?

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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, visiting a campus resource fair, learning about study abroad, resident life, meal plans, and other vital resources to smoothly transition you to the college lifestyle here at 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 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 family 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. Photos will be taken in the Kehr Union Building. You will receive your actual student ID card during the fall Welcome Weekend orientation. If you miss the Preview Days, fear not! You can always take your photo upon arrival at the BU Card Center located in the ground floor of Elwell Hall.

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 permanent class schedule will be located on your MyHusky account and information about your classes will be frequently updated by your professors on your BOLT account. 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 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 school supplies and memorabilia!

How do I complete the required health forms?

Go to the Health Center webpage to complete and submit the required health forms. Health Center staff will be available during Preview Days to answer any questions!

Where should I park during Preview Days?

Parking for 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 Preview Day?

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

What do I do if I want to change my 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. 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?

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.

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 Student Disabilities Center 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 am 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.

Will I be able to meet with someone about financial aid and billing?

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?

Please contact our Admissions Office 570-389-4316.

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

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

What if my question is not answered here, nor on the orientation website?

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

Are parents required to attend the Preview Days?

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No, but you are encouraged and welcome to attend! Approximately 85% of the first-year students who attend bring at least one guest. If you cannot or do not want to attend, your student certainly won't be the only one without family with them.

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 university 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 how to relate to your new student. You will also be able to ask questions, receive answers, and share information with other parents/guardians. Preview Days are as much for families, as they are for the student. We understand the transition from high school to college can be challenging for family members. 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 Preview Day, ask questions and ask to see the materials they received at orientation. Review the university's services and Helpful Phone Numbers list. Please call the appropriate offices to get any information you need clarification on. We provide links to various campus resources and important information about your student’s transition to BU.

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.

Will I be with my student throughout orientation?

Yes and no. There are some brief parts of the 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 relatives etc.?

BU loves families! However, small 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 may be of interest. 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 list of participating retailers here.

Can I go to the Academic Advisement session?

Academic Advisement is a time when your student will be interacting with a University faculty member representing your student’s academic department to discuss their class schedules, what is going to be expected of them while attending Bloomsburg University, and the requirements for their particular major. During this session, parents will meet with representatives from other important campus departments. We encourage all parents to attend the important parents-only sessions to get their questions addressed by university staff.

How long is a Preview Day?

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. along with a complimentary continental breakfast. Tentatively, the day will conclude by 4:30 p.m.

How do I complete my students’ required health forms?

Go to the Health Center webpage to complete and submit the required health forms. Health Center staff will be available during Preview Days to answer any questions!

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 Student Disabilities Center 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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 in moving through the Accepted Students Checklist. Ensure that each item is checked off and understood. 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 orient you! But we don’t know your needs unless you ask!
*Fee subject to change.