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Location
Lewisburg, PA
Undergrads
3,515
Tuition
$45,378
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Student

Academics: The academics of the School of Management at Bucknell are great, but I have not had many classes within the school yet and I do not know if I will stick with the major yet.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Depending on your major, academics can be excellent. The engineering program is especially strong, despite it being a liberal arts school

5 College Freshman

Academics: career development center is awesome and very helpful. alum relations are great for getting jobs/internships.

5 College Freshman

Academics: As an international relations major there are countless classes and professors that offer great counseling and challenging courses.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I love the fact that most classes are kept small and that you can take classes in any area and are required certain core classes so that everyone has some basis in all fields.

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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 CafĂ©
  • 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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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