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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Bucknell University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Bucknell University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
30%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1200-1380
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$34,339/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,257/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,402/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,514/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,570/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,785/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.46 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,530Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
22%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Balanced
    16%
  • Stuck up
    16%
  • Wealthy
    16%
  • Extroverted
    10%
  • Fun
    10%
  • Sheltered
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
70%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.63 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.71 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Preppy
    41%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Prestigious
    12%
  • Ambitious
    9%
  • Bad
    6%
  • Small
    6%
  • Homogeneous
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$66,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses
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Bucknell University is honestly such a wonderful place to grow into a young adult. The classes are interesting, challenging, and rewarding. The professors are passionate about what they teach and really care if students understand the material. It's not just about the grades at this university, it truly is about learning information and expanding your knowledge. The location is great as well. A safe small town that still is full of fun activities to keep students occupied on the weekends. Another great part of Bucknell is that it is a liberal science university. I can major in biology, but also take art or dance classes if I want. It's overall a great place and I'm very happy with my choice to attend.
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Academics and professors are great for the most part. Few complaints on that front. However, the school has so many other problems.

First off, diversity sucks. It doesn't really affect me since I am white, upper-class male, but I could imagine that it would be awfully difficult to adjust for international/minority students. The wealth is obvious around campus, and honestly I wish I could meet more people with more diverse personalities. Everybody has virtually the same background.

Greek life dominates Bucknell. There is barely anything else to do and trust me I have tried looking. After you join a frat, say bye to your freshman friends. Your frat completely isolates you from everybody else, so you better pray that you made a good choice and like the people. Between meals, events, etc, it actually consumes your life, especially during pledging. I guess you could say it fits the lifestyle of a stereotypical white, upper-class person though.
As an alum I continue to be impressed by the career paths and life achievements of my peers. Bucknell afforded me the opportunity of a well rounded education leading me to an Ivy League business school and a high level career in finance. I had the opportunity to teach a group of students for a management class recently at Bucknell and was amazed by the intelligence, thoughtfulness and well roundedness of my students. The campus has expanded without losing its bucolic appeal and it remains a great place to strike a strong work play balance.