4.5 out of 5 Stars
Competitive college with a solid reputation- fantastic alumni connections for career placement. Nice campusDowners
Isolated (albeit 'quaint') college town- ie, in the middle of nowhere. The only thing going on is whatevers happening on campus- Can be a bit stifling by the fourth year. Not as much freedom and independence as would be found in a large university (ie, practically no option to live off-campus, mandatory class attendance...)Comments
If you find the prospect of being 'out on your own' daunting, this is a fairly small university with great educational resources and a good reputation that can offer a lot of individual attention and support. On the flip side, the degree to which the University is involved in your life can feel like another four years of high school (I went to college from a boarding prep school)Would You Recommend
You meet some really interesting people. It's a fantastic place to make connections on Wall Street and other elite neighborhoods throughout the Northeast. For those who are career-driven, you will find this place caters extremely well to you. The work hard, play hard culture definitely thrives here.Downers
The location is less to be desired. Cold, dreary, typical Northeast weather, except the closest major city is three hours away.Comments
This is a perfect place for students who are reaching for the upper echelons who don't want/can't go to Harvard. Great name for those who have heard of it and great connections. To make it worth what they charge for tuition, you really do need to be career-driven to take advantage of the opportunities they offer.Would You Recommend
It's what makes the University. The academic environment here is one of a kind. The students are not cut-throat and are there to form a support system with each other when it comes to getting work done. Everyone is there to help everyone. The faculty here are also one of a kind. They are here to make sure students get the best Bucknell experience they can. They are always looking for ways to meet students and help them in whatever endeavors they happen to be in.Quality of Life
While the school itself is very expensive, they do a good job in giving financial aid. It's the only reason I could even dream of attending a school like Bucknell. The dorm rooms are big enough, the people are friendly, and there is always something going on around campus.Admissions
They accept the Common Application along with some supplemental essays.Level
General requirements include a wide range of subjects, from lab sciences to humanities; that is because Bucknell wants students to have a well-rounded education. Advising is available to all students; they are assigned to an advisor from the department of their major. Professors are very accessible, by meeting, email, and even their home phone numbers. I have never had trouble seeking a professor's help. Most of the professors possess a PhD degree, and many of them are on the tenure track, showing the professor's expertise. The student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1, indicating the close relationship among students, and also between students and professors. Students are competitive here, but they also help each other strive toward their goals; it is not a dog-eat-dog environment. Classes and homework are meant to be challenging and stimulating, but the courseload is definitely not overwhelming. Students still have time to participate in extracurricular activities. Over 40 percent of the student population study abroad; the number also include engineers. There are numerous Bucknell-organized programs, along with over 150 approved programs led by other universities.Quality of Life
On campus accomodation is guaranteed for all 4 years at Bucknell, and the residential halls are really nice and spacious. Cost of living is not expensive, considering most of the activities are localized on campus, and many of the events are free.
Library is very comprehensive, consisting of 5 floors, with over 800,000 volumes of books, journals, etc. There is also a tech desk that can assist with computer problems. Our library also has a convenient cafe, where students can purchase food and beverages.
Campus is very safe; I never feel frightened to walk alone at night. Public safety is always available, which is a strong assurance of security of campus.
Bucknell is very involved with the local community, and has strong ties through service projects, fundraising events, etc. During orientation, there is even a tradition where students take a tour of downtown Lewisburg and go into different stores to obtain prizes.
Overall happiness is high at Bucknell. Students really enjoy the campus because it becomes a second home to them.Admissions
The process includes the common application and Bucknell's own supplemental section, which include essays. People who apply early decision have a higher chance of admittance. Therefore students who know they want to go to Bucknell should apply early decision. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are considered automatically.Graduation Year
Bucknell's Core Curriculum is as follows: (1) Intellectual Skills—Foundation Seminar, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Integrated Perspectives (2) Tools for Critical Engagement—Diversity in the U.S., Environmental Connections, Global Connections, Quantitative Reasoning (3) Disciplinary Perspectives—(2 from each division; one course must meet each set of divisional learning goals)--Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Social Sciences (4) Disciplinary Depth— The Major(s), Academic Conventions of Writing, Speaking, and Information Literacy, Culminating Experience.
Academic advising is great. All students have at least one adviser from the beginning, with most having one for each field of study they major or minor in. I came in undecided and had an incredible adviser. Class size average is about 22, but that number doesn't accurately represent class size here. Only 5 courses are large lecture classes (i.e. General Chemistry), but they split into much smaller lab groups. Many courses have less than 10 people in them. Incredible research opportunities for undergrads because the grad program here is so small. Many of our professors are among the best-of-the-best in their respective fields. 40% of students study abroad in their junior or senior year. Workload is sizeable, but that's what we're here for, isn't it?Admissions
Students are strongly encouraged to visit Bucknell to tour and attend a Preview Session, a lunch visit, or a one-day visit. Bucknell utilizes the Common Application and as well as supplemental essays--some mandated, some optional. We have ED1, ED2, and regular admissions. There are many opportunities for scholarships and financial aid as well.Level
There are specific requirements for majors, core classes, as well as specific electives. Undergraduate research is easily accessible in and out of major. Professors are easily accessible and want students to attend review sessions and come to their house for barbecues!Quality of Life
The housing is amazing. All my rooms have always been really new and clean. Anytime I needed a light bulb changed, or needed to borrow a vacuum, or new blinds, I got anything the next day, free of charge! The departments also have lots of resources. Whenever during my research I needed a special machine or ingredient, they would let me get it as long as my professor approved it.Admissions
Unique application questions, essays, interviews. There is the common Application, but supplements are required.Level
There are core classes, being a liberal arts education, and these involve classes in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, etc.; a breadth and expansion of knowledge beyond one's major. Depending on the major, one will have to complete more or less courses. The typical major has at least nine requirements. Academic advising is very available, and each student is given a faculty member in their major to aid them through the process of choosing classes for the next semester. It is required to see your adviser at least once a semester. Class sizes are on average 23, but can range anywhere from 5 to 100. Regardless of the class size, all professors are required to have office hours available, and also allow students to meet with them by appointment. Most professors, however, are extremely accessible outside their office hours and always eager for a new student to embark inside their doors. Research is amazing here and due to a low graduate student population, the undergraduate students have a large opportunity to interact and work closely with professors on whatever research project they desire. In addition, money and sponsorship of individual research projects is easily available. Classes are competitive, but only because all the applicants are competitive in nature and extremely brilliant. Study abroad is highly prevalent and extremely accessible all over the world. The paperwork is much simpler than at other universities, and the individual attention given by study abroad advisers is superb!Quality of Life
Housing is on the upper end here. The cost of living is fairly high, but that is expected of any university given the opportunities and freely given resources and adventures. Campus is beautiful and most of the dormitories are larger than other universities. The library is an amazing asset of the university, with five floors and individual research assistants per major. The dining is one of the top rated in the country for small private colleges/universities. We are extremely connected with the surrounding town, and have a great relationship with them. Campus is overall extremely safe, and I have never heard of a sketchy situation occurring. Being a RA (resident assistant), this is extremely gratifying. Overall, campus life is very exciting, exhilirating and full of fun and happiness!Admissions
The application process involves the Common Application as well as individual essays. Interviews are available but not required and do not have an effect on the applicant's acceptance. You can apply early decision, and rumor has it that this track gives you a higher probability of being accepted, but regular decision is a more common route for most applicants. Financial aid is heavily available, given need and merit scholarships are quite popular as well.Level
The academics at Bucknell are challenging; I had never been pushed so hard in my life. All of the liberal arts requirements are kind of annoying at first, but if you take the right classes you can find some really cool professors and topics that you learn that you are actually interested in. For my accounting major my adviser does an amazing job of helping make sure that I have the 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam after my 4 years at Bucknell. The work load is a lot, but that's where the campus motto of "work hard, play hard" comes from.Quality of Life
The dorms are nice, just your standard college dorms. As sophmores you can get a mod which is 2 doubles, a kitchen, bathroom and living room and there are on campus apartments with more being built right now. Lewisburg is not an expensive place to live, you can grab dinner downtown at one of the restaurants for $10-$15. The campus facilities in terms of athletics and dining are top notch. Lewisburg is a great neighborhood with little crime and has a great relationship with Bucknell.Admissions
Bucknell does not offer interviews, but they do offer something called a "one day visit". The one day visit was a really cool experience because it allowed me, as a high school senior, to actually be a Bucknell student for the day. The supplement for Bucknell has about 4 questions and one of them is optional, however there is no such thing as optional if you want to demonstrate that you are actually very interested in the University. I did early decision because I knew Bucknell was the school I wanted to go to and this was a great way to show the admissions staff that, and coming in early decision is great because Bucknell usually takes around 1/3 of their class through early decision applicants.Level
one lab science, foundation seminary, writing courses, I have had classes from 6 people to about 30 peopleQuality of Life
the food is great and it is a very safe campusAdmissions
I did early decision and got a very good financial aid package. You apply through the common application.Level