Make a decision that will change your life for the better, every day. Choose Bucknell University.
Your valuable education
When you study science or engineering at Bucknell, you will learn directly from faculty who are experts in fields ranging from robotics to autism, nanomechanics, environmental chemistry, insect behavior, and more. You’ll also have opportunities to get involved in faculty research or conduct research of your own, use professional-grade instrumentation, design and build projects, and become a coauthor of a published professional paper.
What’s distinctive about us? With more than 50 major and 65 minor programs, you can combine your electives to match your interests and goals; you might even choose to pair your science or engineering studies with a second major or a minor in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or management—the choice is yours. Our liberal arts-based curriculum will give you the flexibility to study cultures, languages, economies, history, and literature around the world so that you develop a well-rounded understanding of society and become a skillful and thoughtful writer, speaker, and thinker.
These big opportunities will take place in a close-knit atmosphere similar to that of smaller colleges. With a 9:1 student-faculty ratio and 3,600 undergraduates, Bucknell gives you the chance to get to know your faculty personally and form lifelong friendships with your classmates.
Nearly all undergraduates live on campus, where there is always something to do. Visiting scholars and speakers come to campus nearly every week. You can cheer on our 27 Division I athletic teams, join intramural and club sports, get involved in any of more than 200 student-run clubs and organizations, participate in fraternities and sororities, and join in religious life programs.
Your beautiful campus
With its Georgian brick buildings, green spaces, and striking vistas, Bucknell’s is a quintessential campus in the heart of scenic central Pennsylvania. One of the newest academic buildings on campus is Academic West, the 70,000-sq. ft. home to social sciences classrooms, faculty offices, collaborative and study spaces, and a green roof. In 2015 we opened four new residence halls and a student-run commons building. Athletic spaces include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, workout facilities, a golf course, and a basketball arena.
The shops and restaurants of historic downtown Lewisburg are a few minutes from campus. Catch a film at the restored art-deco Campus Theatre. Grab coffee and Bucknell gear at Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University. See the latest exhibit at the Downtown Gallery. And get a bite to eat at one of the cafés, restaurants, or pizza shops along Market Street.
Your gateway to the world
If you’re feeling adventurous, kayak on the Susquehanna River near campus, or hike or bike one of the many trails in central and northern Pennsylvania. If you need urban exposure, New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., are all within a three- to four-hour drive from campus. The University runs bus trips to select cities throughout the year too.
Volunteer locally, nationally, or internationally or study off campus through one of the University’s own semester- and year-long programs in Athens, France, Ghana, London, Spain, or Washington, D.C. Or choose from our three-week summer abroad programs or one of more than 430 approved international programs around the world. Alternative winter and spring break opportunities include service trips to Nicaragua, New Orleans, Appalachia, the Dominican Republic, and civil rights sites in the United States.
All of your learning will give you the skills, knowledge, and creativity that employers seek. At Bucknell you’ll have access to career services such as advising, networking, mock interviews, internship support, and employer fairs. The career placement rate for recent Bucknell graduates is consistently high: 97% of the Class of 2014 reported being employed, enrolled in graduate school, both employed and enrolled in graduate school, volunteering, or engaged in another activity within nine months of graduation. Bucknell is ranked #5 among best-value liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary. Our alumni include highly successful physicians, engineers, business leaders, researchers, humanitarians, authors, educators, and more.
Applying for admission
To apply for admission, complete the Common Application at commonapp.org. Deadlines are Early Decision I, November 15; Early Decision II, January 15; and Regular Decision, January 15. The application fee is $40; waivers are available for those with financial need.
When you apply for admission, we consider your academic success, quality of preparation, SAT or ACT scores, special talents, academic and cocurricular interests, contributions to your community or school, writing skills, and recommendations.
Cost and financial aid
For 2015–2016, Bucknell’s comprehensive fee is $62,368, including tuition, fees, and standard room and basic meal plan. Keep in mind that this is the “sticker price”; the actual cost to you and your family will depend on your need, which we determine based on the information you provide via the CSS/PROFILE. We provide grants and scholarships to about half of our students, and about 60% receive financial aid of some form, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The average total financial aid package for first-year students in the fall of 2015 was $34,400. The average student loan debt upon graduation is $22,500.
If you believe you will need financial assistance to attend Bucknell, apply for our need-based grants and scholarships using the CSS/PROFILE at student.collegeboard.com/profile and follow our admission application deadlines listed above. You’ll also need to complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov to qualify for federal aid.
We offer a limited number of merit scholarships to students with exceptional academic records and talents. Awards include $20,000-per-year Presidential Fellowships, Dean’s Scholarships, math scholarships, B-WISE (women in science and engineering) Scholarships, FIRST Robotics Scholarships, and campus enrichment awards. For more information, see bucknell.edu/scholarships.
College of Arts and Sciences
• Africana Studies
• Animal Behavior
• Applied Mathematical Sciences
• Art (Studio)
• Art History
• Cell Biology and Biochemistry
• Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
• Comparative Humanities
• Computer Science
• Early Childhood Education
• East Asian Studies
• Environmental Geosciences
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• French and Francophone Studies
• German Studies
• Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics
• International Relations
• Italian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Political Science
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• Women’s and Gender Studies
School of Management
• Accounting and Financial Management
• 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
More than 65 minors
Special advising available for those interested in pursuing health or law professions