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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  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 3,581 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bucknell acceptance rate is 33%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Psychology. Graduating 88% of students, Bucknell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $57,700.
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League

Bucknell University Rankings

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

Bucknell Admissions

Acceptance Rate
33%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1250-1420
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$36,305/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$33,820/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
59%

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
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.47 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.47 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,581Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
16
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
  • Friendly
    20%
  • Stuck up
    20%
  • Wealthy
    20%
  • Balanced
    14%
  • Extroverted
    9%
  • Fun
    9%
  • Sheltered
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.67 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
  • Preppy
    42%
  • Friendly
    18%
  • Prestigious
    13%
  • Ambitious
    8%
  • Small
    8%
  • Bad
    5%
  • Homogeneous
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$70,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses
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Going into my freshman year, I was nervous to start a new phase in my life, but Bucknell's staff and student body made me feel so welcome. The campus is beautiful and there is a tight sense of community. There is always something to go do, so you're never bored, and all school-sponsored events are really fun! I have made life-long friends and know that I'll always have a place in the Bucknell community. The academics are so immersive. The professors are very helpful and kind, always making time for students in class and outside of class. They are really there to help you learn as best you can. The class sizes are typically small, so you can develop a good relationship with professors. I really love Bucknell. It's such a great school and is really preparing me to transition into the workforce or graduate school.
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If you are disagreeable, depressive, unmotivated, like the big-city life, then you will rate your Bucknell experience badly through no fault of the school. Instead, focus on its unique charms: sports teams, clubs, guest speakers, events; great gyms and sports fields in a quiet town with fresh air, open spaces, farms, a golf course, a big river, woods, easy access to shopping at Giant, Weiss, Wal-Mart, and a 24-hr Dunkin' Donuts. Four Starbucks to study at. Also, small class sizes, smart professors, good library, interesting campus, open classrooms in Vaughn Lit to study in late in a safe, serene setting. So much to take advantage of. Try to get in the best shape of your life and get A's in your classes, and you will never be bored. And find the key books in the library to help take your own education to a higher level beyond what the class requires, to prepare you for life, work, law school, or grad school. Visit your prof's during their office hours to discuss things. Stay positive.
As a current student, I can tell you that Bucknell is surrounded by enough things to probably do in one week... After that, there is nothing other than the same old frat parties which are just rich, upper class sheep following other rich, upper class sheep. The Greek life hierarchy is definitely prevalent on campus as it pretty much runs the social scene (only 3 real bars in town). The groups are very much segregated on socioeconomic class. Very cliquey and middle-class students are scalped with the high living costs and tuition even though the school is in the middle of nowhere.

The very prominent issue is the class-based hierarchy that is represented in Greek life with the "top" fraternities and sororities and very little interaction between those who have a wealthy upbringing and even those that are middle-class. Come here if you want to try and make it through that as if it is highschool 2.0.