Students who thrive at Bucknell University work hard, pursue diverse interests, and define success on their own terms.
College of Arts and Sciences
• Africana Studies
• Animal Behavior
• Applied Mathematical Sciences
• Art (Studio)
• Art History
• Cell Biology & Biochemistry
• Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies
• Comparative Humanities
• Computer Science
• Early Childhood Education
• East Asian Studies
- Creative Writing
- Literary Studies
• Environmental Geosciences
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Film/Media Studies
• French & Francophone Studies
• German Studies
• International Relations
• Italian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Mathematical Economics
• Music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music)
• Political Science
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• Women’s & Gender Studies
College of Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science & Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
Freeman College of Management
• Accounting & Financial Management
• Global Management
• Managing for Sustainability
• Markets, Innovation & Design
Five-Year Dual Degrees
• Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
• Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Management for Engineers
• Combined BS/MS in Engineering
Special advising is available for those interested in pursuing health or law professions.
They come from all over the world, bringing perspectives that enliven classroom discussions and inform how they approach their on- and off-campus involvement. The individual paths our students forge lead them to achieve their personal and professional goals. At Bucknell, success is measured by where you go and how much it means to you.
The benefits of a Bucknell education
As a Bucknell student, you’ll build the skills that open opportunities by engaging with a community where artists, engineers, and business leaders have the freedom to explore different paths.
Led by professors and your own intuition, you’ll delve deep into the ideas and theories you’re passionate about while still exploring whatever else interests you. You can take advantage of our resources to find career opportunities and gain useful experiences and skills. You’ll have access to career services such as advising, networking, mock interviews, internship support, and employer fairs. And your hard work will pay off. The career placement rate for recent Bucknell graduates is consistently high: 97% of the Class of 2017 were employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, or volunteering within nine months of graduation. Bucknell is ranked #11 among “best value” liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary. Our alumni include highly successful business leaders, researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, educators, scholars, actors, engineers, authors, artists, and humanitarians.
If you’re driven to pursue a particular field, you’ll have many opportunities to study it in depth at Bucknell. If you want to explore different fields before making a decision—or you already know you want to follow multiple interests—that’s where a Bucknell education truly excels. The beauty of the liberal arts is that you’ll develop skills in communication and complex problem solving that will serve you well in any career. Our faculty are passionate teachers, scholars, researchers, and mentors who are at Bucknell because they love teaching and seeing you succeed. With more than 55 majors and 70 minors, you can find the field of study that’s just right for you.
An immersive learning environment
At Bucknell, learning is an experience that takes place in and out of the classroom—and every space in between. Nearly all undergraduates live on campus, which creates a tight-knit community where you can connect with different people, ideas, and perspectives. Visiting scholars and speakers come to campus nearly every week to complement your learning and explore important issues in depth. You can participate in Division I athletics, intramural and club sports, a strong fraternity and sorority system, more than 150 student-run clubs and organizations, and diverse religious life programs.
Learning happens off campus too. Students frequently perform service, locally and as far away as Nicaragua, Nepal, 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, Bucknell alumni live, work, volunteer, and study all over the world.
A beautiful campus
Set foot on Bucknell’s 450-acre campus and you’ll see why so many students feel at home here: it’s a pedestrian-friendly space with historical beautyand updated facilities, including the 100,000-sq. ft. Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center, Academic West with its 8,000-sq. ft. green roof, and the new Humanities Center in Hildreth-Mirza Hall. As a member of our highly motivated student body, you’ll have plentiful opportunities to get involved and make your mark.
Our hometown—Lewisburg, Pennsylvania—is a welcoming small town with a rich arts scene. Watch popular and classic films or student projects at the Campus Theatre downtown, view traveling or student exhibits at the Samek Art Museum, or catch a concert or dance troupe at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. If you enjoy exploring the outdoors, the surrounding Susquehanna Valley brims with potential adventures: hiking, biking, jogging, kayaking, canoeing, and more. And you’ll have easy access to Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC—ideal locations for summer internships and faculty-led networking trips.
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 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 grants, loans, work-study, and a limited number of merit scholarships. The average total financial aid package in fall 2018 for first-year students with financial need was about $37,500. For the Class of 2017, the average student loan debt upon graduation for those who borrowed was $22,600.
Arts Merit Scholarships are available in the areas of Art and Art History, Dance, English (Creative Writing, Literature, Film/Media Studies), Music, and Theatre. These require a special application and audition process. Presidential Fellowships, Dean’s Scholarships, and other merit-based awards recognize outstanding academic and personal achievement.