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
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
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
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
Challenging but not overwhelming. Small classes. Fair grading. Wonderful study abroad office. Research opportunities for students at all levels in all departments. Students have a great deal of freedom in choosing classes to satisfy the general requirements for graduation, and most majors allow students to choose from a variety of courses to satisfy the requirements of the major.Quality of Life
Incredibly safe. Low cost of living. Students are extremely happy here. Good relationship with the town of Lewisburg.Admissions
No interviews, but optional essay on the application to get to know applicants. Early decision 1 and 2, no early action.Level
There is a core curriculum students must complete in addition to their individual major requirements. These core classes involve taking classes from each division of the College of Arts and Sciences (humanities, natural science, social science) in addition to different thematic courses. While students are required to take certain types of classes, there are a number of classes that fulfill each requirement, so students rarely have identical classes to fulfill the requirements.
Class sizes vary between about 35 to 7 depending on the course. As students get farther into their major, classes tend to be smaller. Professors are very accessible and genuinely want to see their students succeed. I have found professors are happy to meet with students during and out of office hours. Because of Bucknell's location, we often see our professors in the small town, out of classroom setting and professors get involved in different events on campus. Research opportunities are available across majors and interests. I have found that by approaching professors with a similar interest, students are able to find research opportunities.
Rather than being competitive, students are Bucknell are cooperative and work together. Group projects are common across majors and professors encourage students to work cooperatively rather than against one another. Grading differs between professors, but the syllabus at the beginning of the semester for each class clearly outlines what the professors expect from students and how their individual grading system works. Professors are also available to talk to if there is confusion about grades.
The study abroad opportunities are incredible! There are programs for full semesters, a couple weeks in the summer, to go with Bucknell professors and students, to travel on your own, etc. The study abroad office has approved over 100 programs for students to choose from. With the requirements of different majors, so students find it more difficult to study abroad, but the study abroad office will work with individual students to work out how the student can study abroad. My study abroad experience was the one of the most amazing experiences of my college career!
Bucknell can be as challenging as students want it to be. There are definitely classes that are known to be easier as other, but there are also more challenging courses that fill up quickly. Students get out of classes what they put into classesQuality of Life
Bucknell has a beautiful campus in all seasons. The town of Lewisburg has a small town charm that is welcoming and easily accessible from campus. The area and campus are both very safe and Public Safety on campus is there for the benefit of the students- more interested in seeing we are safe.
There are a variety of housing options on campus and about 90% of students will live on campus all 4 years. Some dorms are better than others, but they are also a lot newer. There tend to be trends in where students live from year to year (e.g. sophomores in the Mods, juniors in Roberts or Greek housing, and seniors in the Gateways).
Overall, students seem to be pretty happy and find ways to get involved on campus.Admissions
Bucknell uses the Common Application, but also has its own supplemental application. The supplement asks addition information about the student's intended major (e.g. why a student picked a certain major, including undecided), what the student hopes to contribute to Bucknell, and a required essay.
In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must first fill out the CSS profile and eventually the FAFSA. All students are considered for merit scholarships in academics once they apply to Bucknell.
There are three times a student may apply to Bucknell. There is Early Decision I due in November. Then, Early Decision II is due in January. The only difference between ED I and ED II is the dealine. Finally, students may apply regular decision.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
Bucknell uses the Common App and is very selective. They also use supplementary essays and do not conduct interviews.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