From the School

  • 9:1 student-faculty ratio
  • All classes are taught by faculty
  • 94% of first-year students return as sophomores
  • 86% of our students graduate within four years — well above the national average


Established in 1846, Bucknell University is highly selective, private, nonsectarian, coeducational, residential and undergraduate, with a small graduate program. Bucknell offers more than 50 majors and 65 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences.

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Overview

Applicants
10,253
Acceptance Rate
31%
Average HS GPA
3.55

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
29%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 720
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
434
with Terminal Degree
398

251
Men
183
Women
69
Minority
17
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Italian Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Animal Behavior and Ethology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology, General.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.
  • Voice and Opera.


Students Say

Students choose Bucknell University, a private liberal arts school in central Pennsylvania, for its rep for "providing an excellent education, a small classroom setting with involved professors, and a close-knit community." The school packages a "great education and engineering school on a beautiful campus," where "the school spirit keeps students motivated to attend classes and try their hardest." Bucknell's academics provide "a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education" with a "strong focus on its undergraduates," who number over 3,500. The professors are "passionate about their area of study" and "truly care about us and encourage interaction outside of the classroom." They're "interesting, knowledgeable, and accessible." "The professors are at Bucknell because they want to work with students. It definitely shows in the classroom and during office hours." "There isn't one class where the professor doesn't know everyone's names within the first few weeks." Bucknell's culture fosters a "desire to develop its students as well-rounded, capable, intelligent and interesting individuals" who "are competent in both theory and practical application of coursework." The university's "well-respected engineering college" stands out among its academic offerings, as do Bucknell's small class sizes: "The ideal faculty to student ratio makes class time more meaningful and engaging. Our academics mean the perfect combination between challenging and fascinating." One student comments, "Unlike my friends at other universities, I honestly can't say that I have had a bad professor here." "The classes offered are extremely interesting and really instill a sense of passion and appreciation into what area you choose to study," and if you find an area of particular passion for you, "Bucknell offers many resources to its students that allow for success in whatever fields students would like to pursue." Indeed, Bucknell's undergrads are forward-looking, and many extol Bucknell's "unbelievable alumni network" and "retention rate," as well as its "research opportunities" and "high degree of job placement after school."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Jessica Jackley
Co-founder, KIVA.org, current consultant and investor with theCollaborative

Jane Elfers
CEO and President, The Children's Place

Leslie Moonves
Chairman and CEO., CBS Corporation

Philip Roth
Pulitzer Prize novelist

Bill Westenhoffer
Freelance Special Effect Artist and 2 time Oscar winner

Marc Lore
President & CEO, Walmart.com|Founder & CEO, Jet.com

Sunil Gulati
President, US Soccer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$62,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$124,700

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$63,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$129,700

Percent High Job Meaning
39%

Percent STEM
37%


Students Say

“Bucknell University allows students, no matter what their academic or social preferences are, to find opportunities to really explore their interests. Students are encouraged to develop projects or clubs to enhance the campus community.” Most are “impressed” with the career services and “networking opportunities” available, especially the alumni “dedication.” Alumni are “valuable” assets to future Bucknellians and remain involved with the school and students long after graduation. Also, the career development center is “amazing” as are the study abroad programs, internships, and undergrad research opportunities. Bucknell “has a huge focus on service learning and community service which is phenomenal.” Students receive guidance and opportunities through their professors and pre-professional advisors. According to the website PayScale.com, the average starting salary for graduates is $62,300 with a mid-career average at $124,700.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,700

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,000

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,500

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,000

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,700

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,788
Required Fees
$304
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$400

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,662
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,611
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

5.07%
Asian
3.54%
African-American
6.94%
Hispanic
74.00%
Caucasian
6.13%
International

51% female
49% male
78% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

At Bucknell, "the way most students fit in is by joining Greek life." One student describes the student body as "very preppy, but all students are welcomed," and another as "a not very diverse but very open to diversity school!" "While most students may be geographically homogenous (tri-state area, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts)," one student believes that her school is distinctive "in that its people are extremely unique, and there is a lot of diversity of thought." Many students comment that the "white and wealthy" are prevalent at the university, and that the "campus looks like a country club."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Students Say

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 twenty-one-year-olds go to the bars" as well. Overall, Bucknell is popular with its undergrads, who praise its "incredible opportunity, and incredible people."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Accessability Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Heather Fowler

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Educational Psychological evaluation

Documentation Required for ADHD

Educational Psychological evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
12

32% join a fraternity
48% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

42% participate in intramural sports
21% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bison)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bison)
15 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Part-time advisor for gay, lesbian and transgendered students. Also a student organization. See: https://getinvolved.bucknell.edu/organization/LGBT

Minority Support Groups: Administrative office specifically for multicultural/minority affairs. Multicultural center. See: http://www.bucknell.edu/x5941.xml

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

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.

96/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
37%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone
570-577-3000

Email
admissions@bucknell.edu

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, Academic West, Graham 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
570-577-3000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@bucknell.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

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

Transportation

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.


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