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Lewisburg, PA
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3,515
Tuition
$45,378
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Academics: An accounting/finance major is a lot of work, but the professors are very good and are willing to help. There are plenty of internships that the career development center can help you with.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are generally very good. Once in a while you'll come across a "joke" professor, but those are rare. The workload is easy for students in the college of arts and sciences, but more serious for students in the school of management or school of engineering. About 50% of students will study abroad before they graduate, usually during their junior year.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a double major (English and sociology) double minor (Latin and Italian). The English and Italian departments are awesome! Teachers are dedicated and care a lot about their students. Haven't had as much experience in Latin as of yet, and have heard good things about our soc department as well, although I had a horrible experience first semester, but don't take that to heart.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: For the most part, academics are challenging and rigorous. Professors ask a lot from you, but more often than not they are good people and know what they're doing. Workload is serious, DONT underestimate what homework and completing assignments on time can do for your grade. There are a lot of great spots to study in, and a lot of buildings are open 24/7 if you're not the kind of person to study in your room.

5 College Junior

Academics: As a science major, I feel like I am getting the best hands on experience I could ever ask for. I will be doing three years of undergraduate research. I also know my professors really well since my classes are so small.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 172nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 218th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 325th
    Smartest Professors
  • 360th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 495th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Hometown
Washington, PA
Major
Economics/Political Science
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Bucknell’s academic community truly is a community. Students and professors constantly interact with one another in and outside of the classroom. If you’re looking for a more intimate college atmosphere, Bucknell is a great school for you. Classes are small, so students have a voice and can express themselves during lectures and discussions. The majority of the professors really do love their jobs and are committed to helping students. All professors hold office hours a couple of days per week, and students can drop by with any questions they may have. Often times, students will contact professors via e-mail to set up meetings outside of office hours. When a professor is passionate about the subject and about teaching, she can make even a biology class interesting for a science- and math-hating English major. The workload at Bucknell is definitely manageable, although engineers seem to have a heavier course load than other majors. Many students are involved in other activities besides just academics. The key to balancing it all is just time management.

Students learn quickly that the distractions of online conversations, roommates, and loud dorms can prevent them from getting all of their studying done. Fortunately, Bucknell has a massive library with desks, group tables, private study-group rooms, couches, and beanbag chairs. Something that sets Bucknell apart from many of the nation’s other top universities is the fact that many Bucknellians find a balance between their studies and their social life. Most other schools are either described as workaholic schools or party schools; at Bucknell, there is a great balance that allows students to excel academically, graduate with a degree from a top university, and have a great time doing so.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
379
Total FT Faculty
379
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$84,773
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Transfer-Out Rate
9%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
59
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 55%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • 7th Street Café
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance your academics and social life.
  • Buy books online or from someone selling them on campus because the bookstore is extremely overpriced.
  • Don't make reading optional.
  • Don't spend too much time on Facebook
  • Don't take 8 a.m. classes, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays, because you won't want to get up after going out on Monday and Wednesday nights.
  • Get involved on campus
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Get your GEs out of the way early on.
  • Go to class-classes are small, so the professors know if you don't show up.
  • If you want to be part of the Greek system, work on your networking!
  • Take advantage of the career fairs on and off campus.
  • Visit the CDC (Career Development Center) early on.
Did You Know?
  • Almost 25 percent of the engineering students are women. This figure is among the highest in the nation (the national average is 20 percent).
  • During finals, the cafeteria sponsors "study breaks" and prepares different foods each night, from nachos to soft pretzels.
  • During finals the library is open 24 hours a day, and cookies or coffee are put out in the lobby. Throughout the week, all of the dorms institute "quiet hours."
  • Forty-two percent of students spend a semester or more studying off campus.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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