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Make a decision that will change your life forever. 

Choose a university where your faculty will inspire you to take bold steps in learning, where your friends are as ambitious and active as you, and where you can innovate, lead, prepare for your career, and form lifelong friendships. Choose Bucknell University.

Your valuable education
Our liberal arts education means that whatever your major, you will come to understand people, cultures, society, and the environment. Learn a foreign language. Take your math and science skills to the next level. Make art. Study abroad. And serve communities in need.

All of your learning, in class and out, will give you the skills, knowledge, and flexibility of mind employers seek. At Bucknell you’ll take advantage of career services such as advising, networking, mock interviews, internship support, and employer fairs. And all that work will pay off. The career placement rate for recent Bucknell graduates is consistently high: 97% of the Class of 2014 were employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, volunteering, or engaged in other activities within nine months of graduation. Bucknell is ranked #5 among best-value liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary. And our alumni include highly successful business leaders, researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, educators, scholars, actors, engineers, authors, artists, and humanitarians.

For more information on the many benefits of a Bucknell education, visit bucknell.edu/valueofbucknell.

Your inspiring professors
Your Bucknell professors will inspire you with their passion for the material and their depth of knowledge. You
will find that they take the time to get to know you personally and provide help and advice—and not just in class. These accomplished scholars will involve you in their research and creative projects. All you need to do is seek the opportunity.

Your vibrant life as a student
When you come to Bucknell, you’ll join a close-knit community where nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Visiting scholars and speakers come to campus almost every week, often focusing on cultures, societies, and economies around the globe. You can participate in Division I athletics along with intramural and club sports, a strong fraternity and sorority system, about 200 student-run clubs and organizations, and diverse religious life programs.

Learning happens off campus too. Students frequently perform service work locally and as far away as Nicaragua and Uganda. They secure summer internships with nonprofit organizations and corporations. They study abroad through one of the University’s own programs or through more than 430 other approved programs worldwide. After they graduate, they live, work, volunteer, and study all over the world.

Your beautiful campus
With its green spaces, Georgian build
ings, and striking vistas, Bucknell is a quintessential college environment in the heart of scenic central Pennsylvania. You’ll be able to walk to the shops and restaurants of historic downtown Lewisburg, including the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore and the art-deco Campus Theatre. Within the surrounding region, you can kayak on the Susquehanna River, hike on the many trails in the area, or go for a bike ride on the new rail trail. When you’re feeling like some urban exposure, New York City; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Pittsburgh are all within a three- to four-hour drive. We run bus trips to selected cities too.

Applying for admission
When you apply for admission, we look at the whole picture your application represents. Among the many factors we consider are your intellectual ability, the quality of your preparation, your SAT or ACT scores, your special talents and contributions to your school and community, your writing skills, your recommendations, and your character.

To apply for admission, complete the Common Application at commonapp.org (deadlines: Early Decision I, November 15; Early Decision II, January 15; Regular Decision, January 15).

Financial aid
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you think you might need financial assistance to attend Bucknell, apply for financial aid. It’s a separate process from admission. Apply using the CSS/PROFILE at student.collegeboard.com/profile and follow the admission application deadlines listed above.

About 52% of students receive scholarships and grants from the University, and about 60% receive financial aid of some form, including need-based scholarships, loans, work-study, and a limited number of merit scholarships. The average total financial aid package in the fall of 2015 for first-year students with financial need was about $34,400. The average student loan debt upon graduation is about $22,500.

Arts Merit Scholarships are available in the areas of art and art history, dance, English (creative writing, literature, film/media studies), music, and theater (design and technology, performance). These require a special application and audition process. Presidential Fellowships, Dean’s Scholarships, and other invitation-only merit-based awards recognize outstanding academic and personal achievement.




College of Arts and Sciences
• Africana Studies
• Animal Behavior
• Anthropology
• Applied Mathematical Sciences
• Art (Studio)
• Art History
• Biology
• Cell Biology and Biochemistry
• Chemistry
• Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
• Comparative Humanities
• Computer Science
• Early Childhood Education
• East Asian Studies
• Economics
• Education
• English
• Environmental Geosciences
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• French and Francophone Studies
• Geography
• Geology
• German Studies
• History
• Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics
• International Relations
• Italian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Linguistics
• Mathematics
• Music
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Theatre
• Women’s and Gender Studies

School of Management
Accounting and Financial
• Global Management
• Managing for Sustainability
• Markets, Innovation, and Design

College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science and Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

Five-Year Dual Degrees
• Engineering and a major in Arts and Sciences
Management for Engineers

Special advising is available for those interested in pursuing health or law professions.