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  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 is a highly rated private university located in East Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,530 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Bucknell acceptance rate is 30%. Popular majors include Economics, Psychology, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 88% of students, Bucknell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $56,400.
About Bucknell University...
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

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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
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 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 32 responses
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  • Friendly
    22%
  • Wealthy
    19%
  • Balanced
    16%
  • Stuck up
    16%
  • Extroverted
    9%
  • Fun
    9%
  • Sheltered
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.64 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.72 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Preppy
    40%
  • Friendly
    20%
  • Prestigious
    14%
  • 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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Great courses and the professors are amazing! I am a history major and as sophomore I was able to do research. There are so many enriching opportunities that Bucknell has to offer. However, the campus can be a bit isolating at times. Transportation is very poor in the area and there is virtually nothing to do off campus. Nonetheless, the school offers affordable trips to different cities and cool activities. Overall my experience at Bucknell has been good!
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Bucknell University is a small, rural, liberal arts college of almost 4,000 students. It’s three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Education wise Bucknell is a great school with amazing and for the most part thoughtful professors. They know what they're teaching and have a noticeable passion for their work. The school itself is beautiful. However, the school is on a hill so it is troublesome for students in wheelchairs and crutches. Food is boring, tasteless, and bad quality of vegetables and fruits. The meal plans are expensive for this below average food. The campus atmosphere, the students are all clones of one another. In this prestigious, predominantly white school there are a lot of cliques based on financial status and greek life. There is alcoholism, drug abuse, and an above average rate of sexual assault and harassment at Bucknell. Location wise, students feel trapped in this "Bucknell bubble" since there is nowhere to go in the small area.
I am from the west coast and came to Bucknell on an athletic scholarship. I knew it was a big party school and I was someone that was cool with partying. But let me assure you there is absolutely nothing else to do here.

Professors and academics are great but it does not make up for the horrible social scene. Parties are in disgusting, sweaty frat houses and are no fun unless you like getting black-out drunk. The fact that it's DI doesn't make much sense considering my friends who played DIII sports got better uniforms and didn't have to fundraise.

The university is merely concerned with getting more money from alumni despite the professors being quite good. I have good friends through athletics but unless you plan to join Greek Life you're pretty much screwed. You'll tell yourself you can sacrifice things just to get the name "Bucknell" on your diploma...but just know very few people outside of New York, PA, or New Jersey know what it is anyways.