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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

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
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  • 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 Reviews

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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 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.
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.