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Don't wait until your senior year of college to conduct research in high-tech labs, build something groundbreaking, or use cutting-edge equipment. 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 Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, Biology or Biomedicine, Mathematics 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 #3 Civil Engineering program
Ranked #4 Electrical Engineering program
Ranked #6 Mechanical Engineering program
Ranked #10 Computer Engineering program
At Bucknell's nationally ranked College of Engineering, we are training a new generation of engineers to go beyond problem-solving to influence, impact and create change.
Questions are encouraged here. We call our students engineers from the day they set foot on campus, and empower them to design and innovate under the close mentorship of our world-class faculty. Our students learn by doing from their very first class, and quickly transition to authentic industry projects with real-world corporate, government and nonprofit partners.
The pace of technological change gets faster every day. Unleash your curiosity and see where it takes you.
“Taking leaps, no matter how big, often leads to some of the best experiences. I often think about how, in five years, I’ll be able to say that Bucknell was one of those life-changing opportunities.”
"The independent research opportunities here are so abundant. I got to choose exactly what I wanted to do every day for 10 weeks, and I don’t think that would’ve happened for me at many other schools."