With its green spaces, red brick buildings and striking vistas, Bucknell's 450-acre campus is a quintessential college environment in the heart of scenic central Pennsylvania. The shops of historic downtown Lewisburg including the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University and the historic Campus Theatre lie within walking distance of campus. The University is located within three to four hours by car of New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. For more information about Bucknell's location, see bucknell.edu/visit
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Bucknell's 450-acre tree-lined campus contains state-of-the-art facilities for performing arts, poetry, science, engineering, athletics and more, all accessible to undergraduates.
Bertrand Library holds nearly 860,000 volumes, providing you access to books, maps, journals (both electronic and print) and nearly 300 databases and offers a video editing lab, thousands of audiovisual materials and multimedia equipment. Computer labs are available across campus, and there are more than 900 wireless access points spread out across campus to ensure almost complete wireless coverage no matter where you go. There are more than 900 classroom and lab computers on campus and all student residences are connected to the residential network, which features a high-speed data connection and digital television programming for each student. Science and engineering programs offer sophisticated instrumentation available for student use, including a structural testing lab, an atomic force microscope and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.
Bucknell is a residential university, so most students live on campus, but learning, service, research and recreation extend off campus. You will have the opportunity to volunteer as close as the local nursing home, community center and sustainable farm and as far away as New Orleans and Uganda. Every year, students also travel off campus to conduct research with faculty mentors. Destinations have included Alaska, Suriname, Australia and the Sudan.
More than 45 percent of students spend a summer, semester, or year abroad through one of the university's own "in" programs or 160 other approved programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe and South America.
At Bucknell, you'll take advantage of career services such as advising, networking, mock interviews, internship support and employer fairs. You can explore your career options and network with alumni through summer internships with corporations, government organizations and non-profits locally, nationally and internationally. An externship program provides job-shadowing opportunities for sophomores. And all that work will pay off. The career placement rate for recent Bucknell graduates is consistently high: 97% of the Class of 2013 was employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, volunteering or engaged in another activity within nine months of graduation.
Student Organizations & Activities
As the cultural hub of the region, Bucknell's social environment will inspire you and expand your learning. You'll join with active students whose voices are valued in student government and in shaping the University community. Take advantage of speaker series, arts performances and scholarly lectures on campus. Become a member or leader of a student-run organization. From participating in the arts, honor societies, cultural, political or religious organizations, to exploring the outdoors, you'll find your niche. You can compete in and support Division I athletics as well as intramural and club sports and be active in our state-of-the-art fitness center. About half of sophomores, juniors and seniors participate in fraternity and sorority life and students frequently volunteer in the local community or on one of our many national and international service trip opportunities.
If your ideal college experience includes “strong campus unity” with “opportunities for undergraduates, accessible professors, incredible athletic resources...engaging atmosphere,” all on a “beautiful campus,” Bucknell may deserve a close look. Students describe life at Bucknell as “a culture that fosters an eagerness to learn while simultaneously providing opportunities to engage and grow socially with an incredible student body.” Students value both seriousness and fun, saying they “work hard play hard (and safe),” and that “everyone is very involved in various activities across campus. Students fit in well because everyone is part of many different groups.” They feel “it’s important to break out of your comfort zone, try new things, learn from your mistakes; you will be given opportunities of a lifetime at Bucknell, so take them.” Bucknell’s undergrads love “recreational sports of any kind” in the spaces between their ongoing “party, sleep, eat, study” cycle, and university-sponsored social highlights include “great events like cake decorating contests, canoe battleship, movie nights, and so many other fun events” on campus. “Bucknell has a reputation for being a party school, but there are plenty of students that do not party and live quite happily on this campus.” “The school is good about getting artists and speakers here,” so there’s plenty to do besides drinking, but “house parties happen three to four times a week and the over 21-year-olds go to the bars” as well. Overall, Bucknell is popular with its undergrads, who praise its “incredible opportunity, and incredible people.”