Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

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Providing an excellent education to all students requires a firm and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness at all levels of the institution. Inside the classroom and beyond, we strive to foster an environment in which our students engage with, understand and appreciate perspectives, people and cultures that may be very different from their own. These experiences position students to enrich their knowledge of self and others, examine their values, and develop skills in critical thinking and collaboration—all of which prepare students to make valuable contributions in a diverse, globally integrated world.

Let's get started
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 #34 among national liberal arts colleges | U.S. News & World Report


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

Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services supports students from racially underrepresented groups and provides cross-cultural learning opportunities for the entire campus community. We focus on advocacy, leadership development, global literacy and civic engagement, and we aim to foster a campus climate that recognizes, appreciates and shares a mutual understanding and respect for all cultures.

Opportunities & Programs

Bucknell University is an institution that values justice and celebrates culture through co-curricular activities, skill-building workshops and academics.

Civil Rights Alternative Spring Break Trip
This is your opportunity to explore the ongoing legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Join faculty and staff leaders and investigate historic sites, museums, colleges and archives. Meet with key historical players of the movement and get access to special behind-the-scenes tours.

Student and faculty/staff leaders will investigate historic sites, museums, colleges and archives, interact with key historical players of the movement, and receive special behind-the-scenes tours. Students will partner with various community-based, national and/or civic organizations, serving a variety of local constituents.

While considering current conditions of inequality, students will gain an insight on the historical events and policies which shaped our world today, cultivate an appreciation for civic duty and develop a commitment to preserving important principles of our heritage.

Applications are available in the fall and due in December.
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T.E.A.M. Mentoring Program
The T.E.A.M. Mentoring Program is a yearlong experience for first-year or transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds. T.E.A.M. partners first-year student scholars with an upperclass peer mentor to establish a supportive relationship and aid their transition to Bucknell. 
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The Edward McKnight Brawley Fund
Named for Bucknell's first African American student, Class of 1875, the Edward McKnight Brawley Fund supports a range of student activities, including research projects, workshops, internships and study abroad.
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The UnHerd Series
UnHerd is an educational outreach series sponsored by Multicultural Student Services. Each workshop teaches tangible skills, like how to respond when someone says you're being racist and how to effectively incorporate intersectional perspectives in your teaching.
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An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "I ultimately ended up choosing Bucknell when I visited and observed the tight-knit community it offered."

    • Abby Buckworth '23
  • "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."

    • Jared Hodell '22
  • "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."

    • Ashlyn Ramos '22