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Don't wait until your senior year of college to conduct research in high-tech labs, take a starring role onstage, or start your own business. At Bucknell University, these kinds of high-level experiences begin the moment you arrive. In fact, we expect first-year students, even those who haven't selected a major yet, to immerse themselves in a range of subjects they want to explore. Whether that's Animal Behavior or Accounting, French or Finance, Music or Mechanical Engineering, you'll find opportunities that other schools reserve exclusively for upperclassmen. Those experiences explain why 91% of our first-year students come back for their second year—far above the US average of 73.5%.
Who we are
Bucknell is a small, private liberal arts university consisting of three colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Freeman College of Management. But these three colleges don't exist on secluded islands. They're uniquely intertwined, allowing you to follow your passions and uncover new interests without ever feeling boxed in.
Where we are
As college towns go, it's hard to imagine a better one than Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Like Bucknell itself, Lewisburg is neither too big nor too small—so you won't get stuck in traffic, but you won't run out of things to do either. Lewisburg's safe, walkable downtown is just a few blocks from campus and features charming cafés, trendy boutiques, and our three-story campus bookstore.
What we're looking for
There's no stereotypical Bucknell student—but we can say that successful applicants excel in challenging classes, pursue their passions through extracurricular activities, and are engaged in the world around them.
Ranked #7 among undergraduate Engineering programs where a doctorate isn't offered | U.S. News & World Report
#10 most beautiful campus | The Princeton Review
Ranked #12 among liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings
#17 "Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2022" | Poets&Quants for Undergrads
Don't wait any longer. At Bucknell University, your first year isn’t a warmup act—it’s the main event.
• Professors, not TAs: Every class at Bucknell is taught by a member of our faculty, not a teaching assistant.
• Funding for research: We’ll help you secure the money you need to pursue research that interests you. And after your big discovery, we’ll help you get those findings published.
• Support for what’s next: Whether your post-college plans include embarking on a meaningful career or attending law, medical, or grad school, our advisors will help you plot a path to success.
"I ultimately ended up choosing Bucknell when I visited and observed the tight-knit community it offered."
"Talking to my friends, they're like, 'Oh, I'm going to my econ class, and there's 350 kids in there.' I couldn’t do that. I like being able to go up to my professors and they know your name."
"A lot of schools are in the city, but I got here, and I thought the town was so cute. I like the small-town feel of it. I thought it was really scenic."