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Undergrad Profile

Make a decision that will change your life for the better every day. 

Choose a university where your faculty will inspire you to take bold steps in learning. A place where you can be ambitious, intellectual, and active. A place where you can innovate, lead, prepare for your career, and form friendships for life. Choose Bucknell University.

The benefits of a Bucknell education
At Bucknell you’ll join a community of students, faculty, and alumni who think, act, create, and engage with the world. All of your learning, in class and out, will give you the skills, knowledge, and flexibility of mind employers seek. 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: 96% of the Class of 2015 was employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, or volunteering within nine months of graduation. Bucknell is ranked #3 among best value liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salaries. And our alumni include highly successful business leaders, researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, educators, scholars, actors, engineers, authors, artists, and humanitarians.

Inspiring professors
Your Bucknell professors will mentor you as you strive to meet their high expectations. 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.

Active student life
When you come to Bucknell, you’ll join a close-knit community where nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Scholars and speakers visit campus regularly to complement your learning. You can participate in Division I athletics, intramural and club sports, a strong fraternity and sorority system, about 200 student-run organizations, and diverse religious life programs.

Learning happens off campus too. Students perform service 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.

A beautiful campus
With its green spaces 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 rail trail just minutes from campus. When you’re feeling like some urban exposure, New York City; Baltimore; Washington, DC; 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 high school 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).

Cost and financial aid
For 2016–2017, Bucknell’s comprehensive fee is $64,616, including tuition, fees, standard room, and anytime-access meal plan. Keep in mind that the actual cost to you and your family will depend on your need, which we determine based on the information you provide when you apply for financial aid. If you think you might need financial assistance to attend Bucknell, apply for financial aid 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 62% receive financial aid of some form, including need-based scholarships, loans, work-study, and a limited number of merit scholarships, including Arts Merit Scholarships, Presidential Fellowships, and Dean’s Scholarships. The average total financial aid package in the fall of 2016 for first-year students with financial need was about $35,500. The average student loan debt upon graduation is about $22,600.





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 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

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