From the School

Begun in 1846 as a "literary institution" in what its founders described as the "wilds of Pennsylvania," Bucknell University has long embraced academic vigor. Today, Bucknell is a top-ranked university offering a personalized and comprehensive liberal arts education to exceptionally talented students from across the U.S. and around the world. With academic programs in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and social and natural sciences, and broad opportunities outside of class, Bucknell is now much more than a literary institution: It is a place that prepares students for success in an increasingly complex and interconnected global society.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 680
SAT Math
620 - 720
ACT Composite
28 - 32


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities


From The School

Bucknell's academic programs are enlivening and inspiring, largely because of the professors. They encourage free-flowing ideas and stimulating discussions across campus, getting to know students personally and challenging them to do their best. The professors are also dedicated scholars who frequently receive awards and grants for their work. Often, they engage students in research and creative projects outside of class. By doing so, they provide students with mentorship and guidance for the future. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1.

In addition to the faculty, visiting scholars and speakers come to Bucknell regularly. Recent visitors include F.W. deKlerk, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., David McCullough, Barbara Ehrenreich, Leonard Pitts, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Distinctive programs that complement the curriculum include, but are not limited to:
Residential Colleges
Theme-based living and learning environments that combine classroom learning with the residential experience
Themes: Arts, Environmental, Global, Humanities, Languages and Cultures, Social Justice, Society and Technology
Participating first-year students take a class together and join in programs and social activities that complement their classroom learning
Bucknell University Environmental Center –
Faculty, staff, and students collaborate on environmental and nature-related learning, teaching, scholarship, and service
Initiatives: Campus Greening, Susquehanna River, Nature and Human Communities
Civic Engagement
Educational experiences link academic course work with efforts to meet a community need
Opportunities include Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua, Katrina Recovery Trips, Alternative Spring Break trips, tutoring in local schools, and international service
Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management
This two-summer program bridges the disciplines of engineering and management for select students in engineering, management, and the liberal arts
In the first summer, a group of 18 rising juniors participates in an intensive, six-week, on-campus program focusing on globalization, ethics, communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership; students hear lectures and attend workshops by Bucknell faculty and corporate leaders, travel to selected industrial and business sites, and work with companies on significant and real-world management and technological projects
In the second summer, the students (now rising seniors) participate in off-campus internships involving work at the confluence of technology and management

Students Say

Armed with a great reputation, Bucknell is a small university that still manages to provide a “large amount of resources and opportunities.” Surrounded by a “beautiful” campus, undergrads happily become part of a “strong, spirited community.” Moreover, students here truly appreciate that the university “places a large emphasis on [both] undergraduate learning and preparation for graduate school.” Among the many great disciplines Bucknell offers, students are especially quick to highlight the “extremely strong language, international relations, and science departments, [along with the] engineering and management schools.” Undergrads also give their professors high marks, citing them as “extremely engaging,” “very knowledgeable,” and “deeply involved in their areas of study.” One pleased Bucknellian elaborates, “I am extremely lucky in that all of my professors are fantastic! In fact, my organic chemistry professor changed my outlook on organic chemistry as a whole. In high school, chemistry was my least favorite subject. Now, however, I look forward to that class every week!” Professors here are also lauded for being highly “accessible” and always “willing and excited to meet students outside of class.” Another contented student adds, “Professors devote themselves tirelessly to their students; they are available at a moment’s notice and genuinely enjoy interaction with their students both in and outside of the classroom. They seek to become lifelong friends and mentors.” Finally, as one student succinctly puts it, “Bucknell provides a student lifestyle that is welcoming, active, and challenging.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Jessica Jackley
Co-founder, current Board Member of

Jane Elfers
CEO and President, The Children's Place

Leslie Moonves
President and CEO., CBS Corporation

Philip Roth
Pulitzer Prize novelist


From The School

For the 2010-11 academic year, tuition and fees are set at:
Tuition: $42,112
Standard double room: $5,768
Meals: around $4,170
Student activities fee: $230


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Outside of class, students participate in more than 150 student-run clubs and organizations. These groups focus on anything from social and environmental causes to cultural awareness, poetry slams, dance, pottery, video games, or politics. Bucknell offers Division I athletics along with intramural and club sports. Students can enrich their religious and spiritual lives through multiple University and student-led faith organizations. About half of sophomore, juniors, and seniors participate in Greek life.

Students Say

At first glance, the typical Bucknell undergrad could be described as “uppermiddle-class and white.” Further, “preppy” is certainly the look that permeates this campus; as one student sharply notes, “I have never seen so many Sperry’s in my life!” However, though some do acknowledge that “there is a lack of diversity,” they quickly follow up this assertion by stating, “Everyone is very open-minded and accepting of people with different backgrounds.” More importantly, if you push past the exterior, you’ll discover a student body that’s “smart and eager to learn” as well as “outgoing and friendly to anyone they come in contact with.” And perhaps best of all, “The typical student also loves Bucknell and could never see themselves anywhere else.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

With its green spaces, red brick buildings, and striking vistas, Bucknell's 400-acre campus is a quintessential college environment in the heart of scenic central Pennsylvania. The shops of historic downtown Lewisburg including the new Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University - lie within walking distance of campus. The University is located within three to four hours of New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh by car. For more information about Bucknell's location, see

Students Say

Undergrads at Bucknell seem to unanimously agree that most everyone here adopts a “work hard, play hard” mentality. Indeed, “During the week, students are very focused on their work.” However, once the weekend rolls around, “everyone lets loose.” Of course, no matter the day of the week, the university is always buzzing with activity. The campus “hosts a lot of events such as BU After Dark and the Spring/Fall Semester Concert.” In addition, “the school does a wonderful job of bringing in a lot of diverse and interesting speakers.” One pleased undergrad interjects sharing, “There are lots of concerts either for free or for minimal price. The music is [of] all sorts. It can be either Tchaikovsky or Wiz Khalifa. There is a Craft Center that provides all kinds of art supplies. I go there almost every Friday and either play with clay, do something on potter ’s wheel, or do a stained glass.” Sporting events (intramurals and varsity alike) are also quite popular. As another student reveals, “We have a lot of pride for our teams and love to go to the home games on the weekends.” Greek life tends to “dominate the social scene here,” and the vast majority of students can be found “partying at the frats” during the weekend. However, for those wary of the Greek lifestyle, rest assured, you’ll still enjoy your time at Bucknell. As an undergrad confidently states, “If you don’t want to go Greek, no worries. My roommate is not in a sorority, and she loves Bucknell just as much as I do!”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

41% join a fraternity
47% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

87% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bison)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Bison)
15 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Part-time advisor for gay, lesbian and transgendered students. Also a student organization. See:

Minority Support Groups: Administrative office specifically for multicultural/minority affairs. Multicultural center. See:

Army ROTC Offered on-campus


The Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment engages students, faculty, and staff in promoting sustainability awareness and demonstrating best practices in social and environmental sustainability. The Center supports student and faculty research on a broad range of sustainability related topics; ; provides guidance and leadership to sustainability courses and projects; and supports outreach activities at the local, regional, state, and national levels. An annual sustainability symposium engages the university community in new sustainability themes and discussions each year. The campus Master Plan embraces sustainable principles, including creating a more pedestrian-friendly campus, reconnecting campus to the Susquehanna River, and restoring the campus stream, Miller Run. An intensive summer program called “Bucknell on the Susquehanna” gets students out into the environment to learn about the regional watershed. Bucknell has also adopted alternative and renewable energy sources beginning with its transition in 1998 from a conventional coal-burning power plant to a co-generation power plant fueled by cleaner-burning natural gas, resulting in a 40 percent reduction of GHG emissions. Students get their hands dirty with some clean and green infrastructure, as three green roofs, four photovoltaic arrays, and a wind turbine are used in educational programming. The Career Development Office provides guidance on green jobs and connects students to alumni in environmental career fields. The Bucknell Environmental Club heads a wide variety of student-centered sustainability activities, and a the Bucknell Green Fund turns student proposals into completed projects with both economic and environmental benefits.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Lenovo, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Outdoor Primate Facilities
Uptown Night Club
Stadler Poetry Center
Library with Technology and Media Commons
Bertrand Library, Seventh Street Cafe, Elaine Langone Center (student center), Bucknell Observatory, Environmental Center, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell West (new academic building)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Variety of Restaurants in historic Lewisburg
R.B. Winter State Park
Historic Campus Movie Theater- Downtown
2 malls within 30 min. drive
Skiing in the Poconos
Packwood House Museum, Slifer House Museum, Rail Trail (biking, walking), over 20 covered bridges in the area

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; 1/2 Sat. Sept.-June
8:30am-4:30pm; Sat. 8:30am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 11:00am, 1:00, 3:00pm; Sat 10:00, 11:00 am;
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

year round, scheduled by phone only, 570-577-3000

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Available only to those considering Early Decision in the fall, or accepted seniors in the spring.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By Plane Scheduled airline service is available at the Harrisburg International and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airports, while Allegheny Commuter (USAir) serves the Lycoming County Airport near Williamsport. By Bus The Susquehanna Trailways bus lines serves the area. The bus stop is about three blocks from campus. Susquehanna Trailways: 1-800-692-6314 Local Bus Ticket Vendor (Market Street Deli): 570-524-7776 Limousine Service Susquehanna Valley Limousine Service: 1-800-685-5567 Car Rental The following automobile rentals are available at the Harrisburg International Airport: Avis: 1-800-831-2847 Enterprise: 1-800-736-8222 Hertz: 1-800-654-3131 National: 1-800-227-7368 Thrifty: 1-800-847-4389 The following automobile rentals are available at the Lycoming County Airport: Avis: 1-800-831-2847 Hertz: 1-800-654-3131

Driving Instructions to Campus
Allentown (2 hours) PA Turnpike Northeast Extension Route 80 West to Exit 210A Route 15 South At 11th traffic light, turn left (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on the left.) Baltimore (approx. 3 hours) 83 North Route 81 South Route 322 West Route 11and15 North When Routes 11 and 15 split, stay on Route 15 (Tedd's Landing is on your right; KMart on your left) Approx. 7 miles after Selinsgrove / Shamokin Dam, you'll come to a stoplight. Bucknell is on your right. (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on right.) Harrisburg (1:15 hours) Route 83 North Route 81 South Route 322 West Routes 11and15 North When Routes 11 and 15 split, stay on Route 15 (Tedd's Landing is on your right; KMart on your left) Approx. 7 miles after Selinsgrove / Shamokin Dam, you'll come to a stop light. Bucknell is on your right. (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on right.) New York City (3.5 hours) Route 80 West to Exit 210A Route 15 South At 11th traffic light, turn left (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on the left.) Philadelphia (3.5 hours) PA Turnpike Northeast Extension Route 80 West to Exit 210A Route 15 South At 11th traffic light, turn left (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on the left.) Alternate Route: PA Turnpike West to Harrisburg Route 283 North Route 83 North Route 81 South Route 322 West Routes 11and15 North When Routes 11 and 15 split, stay on Route 15 (Tedd's Landing is on your right; KMart on your left) Approx. 7 miles after Selinsgrove / Shamokin Dam, you'll come to a stop light. Bucknell is on your right. (Look for Bucknell Athletic Stadium on right.) Pittsburgh (4 hours) Route 22 East 220 North (I99) Interstate 80 East to Exit 210A Route 15 South At the 11th traffic light, turn left (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on the left.) Alternate Route: Route 22 East Route 453 North for 1 mile Route 45 East Route 15 South At the next traffic light, turn left (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on the left.) Reading (2 hours) Route 422 West Route 61 North Route 54 West Route 642 West Route 45 West Cross Bridge into Lewisburg Turn left on 7th Street. (This leads directly to campus.) State College (1 hour) Route 26 North Route 322 East Route 45 East Route 15 South At the next traffic light, turn left (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on the left.) Washington D.C. (3.5 hours) Route 495 Route 270 to Frederick, MD Route 15 North When Routes 11 and 15 split, stay on Route 15 (Tedd's Landing is on your right; KMart on your left) Approx. 7 miles after Selinsgrove / Shamokin Dam, you'll come to a stop light. Bucknell is on your rightl ( Look for Bucknell Athletic Stadium on right.) Alternate Route: Route 95 North Route 695 West (Inner Loop of Baltimore) Route 83 North Route 81 South Route 322 West Route 11and15 North When Routes 11 and 15 split, stay on Route 15 (Tedd's Landing is on your right; KMart on your left) Approx. 7 miles after Selinsgrove / Shamokin Dam, you'll come to a stoplight. Bucknell is on your rightl (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on right.) Wilkes-Barre / Scranton (1:40 / 2:00 hours) Route 81 South Route 80 West to Exit 210A Route 15 South At 11th traffic light, turn left (Look for the Bucknell Athletic Stadium on the left.)

Local Accommodations
A few blocks from Bucknell in the restored downtown area is an antique-filled bed-and-breakfast, the Pineapple Inn (439 Market St.; 570-524-6200). Built in the 1850s, it has an inexpensive to moderate rate that includes a full breakfast and tea in the afternoon. Another bed and breakfast located just a few blocks from campus is The Tawsty Flower (106 S. 4th St., 522-6600)and a third just a little farther on Market Street is the Copper Beech Manor. (17 Market St., 570-524-1460) Many inexpensive and moderate motels and hotels are located in and around Lewisburg, particularly along U.S. Rte. 15. These include: Days Inn (570-523-1171), only 1 mile away; Best Western Country Cupboard Inn (570-524-5500),Country Inn and Suites (570-524-6600) and Hampton Inn (522-8500), about 2 miles from the university; Comfort Inn (570-568-8000), and Holiday Inn Express (570- 568-1100), 8 miles away in New Columbia at the junction of Rtes. 15 and 80; and Hampton Inn (570-743-2223), 10 miles south of campus on Rte. 15 in Shamokin Dam.