Students who thrive at Bucknell University work hard, pursue diverse interests, and define success on their own terms. Theycome from all over the world, bringing perspectives that enliven classroom discussions and inform how they approach their on- and off-campus involvement. The individual paths our students forge lead them to achieve their personal and professional goals. At Bucknell, success is measured by where you go and how much it means to you.
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
- Creative Writing
- Literary Studies
• Environmental Geosciences
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Film/Media Studies
• French & Francophone Studies
• German Studies
• International Relations
• Italian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Mathematical Economics
• Music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music)
• 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
Freeman 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
• Combined BS/MS in Engineering
Special advising is available for those interested in pursuing health or law professions.
The benefits of a Bucknell education
When you study Science or Engineering at Bucknell, you’ll learn directly from faculty who are experts in fields ranging from robotics to nanomechanics, environmental geosciences, primate behavior, and more. You’ll have opportunities to get involved in faculty research or conduct researchof your own, use professional-grade instrumentation, design and build projects, or coauthor a published professional paper.
Our faculty are passionate teachers,scholars, researchers, and mentors who are at Bucknell because they loveteaching and seeing you succeed. Ledby professors and your own intuition, you’ll delve deeply into theideas and theories you’re passionate about while still exploring whatever else interests you. You’ll join a community of students, faculty, and alumni who solve problems, exercise creativity, and integrate their learning with action. You can combine your electives to match your interests and goals; you might even choose to pair your Science or Engineering studies with a second major in the Arts, Humanities, Management, or Social Sciences.
An immersive learning environment
These big opportunities will take place within a close-knit community. With a 9:1 student-faculty ratioand around 3,600 undergraduates,Bucknell gives you the chance to get to know your professors personallyand form lifelong friendships withyour classmates.
Nearly all our undergraduates live on campus. 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 andclub sports, a strong fraternity andsorority system, about 150 student-run clubs and organizations, and diverse religious life programs.
A beautiful campus, connected to the world
Set foot on Bucknell’s 450-acre campus and you’ll see why so many studentsfeel at home here: it’s a pedestrian-friendly space with historical beautyand updated facilities, including the100,000-sq. ft. Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center, Academic West with its 8,000-sq. ft.green roof, and the new HumanitiesCenter in Hildreth-Mirza Hall. As a member of our highly motivatedstudent body, you’ll have plentiful opportunities to get involved and make your mark.
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’s own programs or throughmore than 430 other approved programs worldwide. After they graduate, Bucknell alumni live, work, volunteer, and study all over the world.
Our hometown, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is a welcoming small townwith a rich arts scene. Watch popular and classic films or student projects at the Campus Theatre downtown, viewtraveling or student exhibits at theSamek Art Museum, or catch a concertor dance troupe at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. If you enjoy exploring the outdoors, the surroundingSusquehanna Valley brims with potential adventures: hiking, biking, jogging, kayaking, canoeing, and more. And you’ll have easy access to Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC—ideal locations for summer internshipsand faculty-led networking trips.
Let your ambition lead you
If you’re driven to pursue a particular field, you’ll have many opportunities to study it in depth at Bucknell. If you want to explore different fields before making a decision—or you already know you want to follow multiple interests—that’s where a Bucknell education truly excels. The beauty ofthe liberal arts is that you’ll developskills in communication and complex problem-solving that will serve you well in any career.
You can find your path to successby taking advantage of our resources to help you find professional opportunities and gain experiences and skillsthat you can put to use. You’ll have access to career services such as advising, networking, mock interviews,internship support, and employerfairs. And your hard work will pay off. The career placement rate for recent Bucknell graduates is consistently high: 97% of the Class of 2017 were employed, in graduate school, bothemployed and in graduate school, or volunteering within nine months of graduation. Our alumni include highly successful business leaders, researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, educators, scholars, actors, engineers, authors, artists, and humanitarians.
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, 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 2018–2019, Bucknell’s comprehensive fee was $69,754, including tuition, the student activity fee, a standardroom, and an anytime-access mealplan. Keep in mind that the actual cost to you and your family will depend on your financial aid eligibility,which we determine based on the information you provide when you apply for financial aid. If you think youmight need financial assistance to attend Bucknell, apply for financial aid. It’s a separate process from admission. Apply 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 grants, loans, work-study, and a limited number of merit scholarships. The average total financial aid package in the fall of 2018 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.
We offer limited merit scholarships to students with exceptional academic records and talents. Awards include $30,000-per-year Presidential Fellowships, Dean’s Scholarships, Math Scholarships, B-WISE (BucknellWomen in Science and Engineering) Scholarships, and FIRST Robotics Scholarships.