At Bucknell University, you’ll find your direction and define personal and professional success on your own terms. But first, you’ll explore every possible route—diverse interests, passions, and curiosities—and realize the one that makes sense to you. At Bucknell, success is measured by where you go and how much it means to you.
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 research of your own, use professional-grade instrumentation, design and build projects, and coauthor a published professional paper.
Our faculty are passionate teachers, scholars, researchers, and mentors who are at Bucknell because they love teaching and seeing you succeed. Led by professors and your own intuition, you’ll delve deeply into the ideas and theories you’re passionate about while still exploring whatever else interests you. You’ll join a community of students, faculty, and alumni who problem-solve, 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 ratio and around 3,600 undergraduates, Bucknell gives you the chance to get to know your professors personally and form lifelong friendships with your classmates.
Nearly all of 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 and club sports, a strong fraternity and sorority system, about 150 student-run clubs and organizations, and diverse religious life programs.
A beautiful campus, connected to the world
From your first visit to your proud walk at Commencement to every time you retrace your steps back to Bucknell, you’ll experience a beauty and tradition that runs deep. Our 450-acre campus in historic Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with its green spaces and beautiful scenery, provides a stunning backdrop for discovery.
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 through more than 430 other approved programs worldwide. After they graduate, Bucknell alumni live, work, volunteer, and study all over the world.
In Lewisburg, you can walk to downtown restaurants, shops, and entertainment, including the Barnes & Noble at the Bucknell University Bookstore and the art deco Campus Theatre. Venture out into the Susquehanna Valley, where you can kayak on the Susquehanna River, hike on many local trails, or bike on the rail trail just minutes from campus. When you want some urban exposure, New York City; Baltimore; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and Pittsburgh are all within a three- to four-hour drive. We offer chartered bus trips to select cities too.
You define success
A Bucknell education can’t be defined by one narrow philosophy. It’s found at the intersection of top-ranked Arts, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, and Management programs.
You can find your path to success by taking advantage of our resources to help you find career opportunities and gain experiences and skills that you can put to use. 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: 97% of the Class of 2016 were 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 salary. 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 2017–2018, Bucknell’s comprehensive fee is $67,136, including tuition, student activity fee, standard room, and anytime-access meal plan. 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 you might 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 60% 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 2017 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 $20,000-per-year Presidential Fellowships, Dean’s Scholarships, Math Scholarships, B-WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Scholarships, and FIRST Robotics Scholarships.
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
• Environmental Geosciences
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• French & Francophone Studies
• German Studies
• International Relations
• Italian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Mathematical Economics
• 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
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
Special advising is available for those interested in pursuing health or law professions.