At Bucknell University, you’ll find your direction and define personal and professional success on your own terms. But first you’ll explore every possible route—diverse interests, passions, and curiosities—and realize the one that makessense to you.
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 deeply into the ideas and theories you’re passionateabout 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 Bucknellgraduates is consistently high: 97% of the Class of 2016 were employed, ingraduate school, both employed and in graduate school, or volunteeringwithin nine months of graduation. Bucknell is ranked #3 among “best value” liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary. Our alumni includehighly 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.
A Bucknell education can’t be definedby one narrow philosophy. It’s foundat the intersection of top-ranked Arts, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, and Management programs. Our faculty are passionate teachers, scholars, researchers, and mentors who are at Bucknell because they love teaching and seeing you succeed. Withmore than 50 majors and 65 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, about 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’sown 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
From your first visit to your proud walkat Commencement to every time you retrace your steps back to Bucknell, you’ll experience a beauty and tradition that runs deep. Our 450-acrecampus in historic Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with its green spaces and beautiful scenery, provides a stunning backdrop for discovery. You can walk to downtown restaurants, shops, andentertainment, including the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore and the art deco Campus Theatre. Venture out into the Susquehanna Valley, where you can kayak on the Susquehanna River, hike on many local trails, or bike on the rail trail just minutes from campus. When you want some urban exposure, New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC, are all within a three- to four-hour drive. We offer chartered 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, yourwriting skills, your recommendations, and your character.
To apply for admission, complete theCommon 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 aseparate process from admission. Apply using the CSS/PROFILE at student.collegeboard.com/profile and followthe 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 the fall of 2017 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 awardsrecognize outstanding academic and personal achievement.
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
• Environmental Geosciences
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• French & Francophone Studies
• German Studies
• International Relations
• Italian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Mathematical Economics
• 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
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
Special advising is available for those interested in pursuing health or law professions.