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4 College Junior

Athletics: I like my club sports program and I think it is really well run.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Bucknell really promotes a balance of academics and athletics for students wishing to participate in athletics at all levels.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are very popular on campus. Some sports are more popular than others and are therefore attended more, but some sports also almost never have fans. Athletic facilities are great.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Attending sports events is a great way to have fun, and a lot of people do it together. Our teams are pretty good and just fun to watch. Intramural and club is huge here as well and often just as competitive as varsity. We have a huge number of teams to choose from!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are taken seriously and are prestigious

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  • 422nd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 986th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Washington, PA
Economics/Political Science
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There are many athletes on Bucknell’s campus, as well as successful sports teams. However, since the school is small, there’s not a significant amount of team spirit amongst fans. There are a few sports events each year that many Bucknellians make it out to watch, like Homecoming (football) and Midnight Madness (basketball). Other than that, though, attendance at sports events is low.

Bucknell has many new and recently renovated athletic facilities. In general, the Bucknell campus is very athletic, with most students participating in some kind of physical activity, whether it’s a varsity sport, an IM sport, or the gym. IM sports are fairly popular, and there is a wide array of them available. The fraternities often participate in IM sports and compete against each other, which is fun to watch if you know the people playing. Bucknell has a great community, so it seems strange that there isn’t a great deal of school spirit for athletics. Certainly, if students want to watch games, they can, but it’s not as much fun when you’re a fan amongst only a handful of other people.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Orange and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
357 - 21%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
383 - 21%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 54
Basketball: 22
Baseball: 3
Cross Country/Track: 37
Other Sports: 89
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 78%
Basketball: 88%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 82%
Other Sports: 91%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Crew (men's)
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Powerlifting
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Ski racing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (court, sand)
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bucknell Climbing Wall
  • Davis Gym
  • Gerhard Field House
  • Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center
  • Kinney Natorium
  • Krebs Family Fitness Center
  • Sojka Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
Football, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, men's lacrosse, men's baseball
Most Overlooked Teams
Volleyball and soccer
School Spirit
Because there is not a great deal of attendance at athletic events, school spirit is sometimes lacking. However, on any given day there will be countless students sporting clothes with the Bucknell logo. Perhaps this is because the Bucknell bookstores makes some super comfortable sweats and sweatshirts! During Homecoming weekend, school spirit is high, especially because lots of alumni come back. Also, Midnight Madness (basketball) in the spring draws a loud Bucknell fan club.
Getting Tickets
There are ticket booths outside the events that Bucknell charges for. The general public is charged for football games, men and women's basketball, and championship events for all sports. Students, however, are only required to show their Bucknell IDs at the gate, which enables them to get in free of charge.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the golf course
Did You Know?
  • Student-athlete graduation at Bucknell is the fourth highest in the nation among all Division I programs.
  • Bucknell ranks fourth in the United States for the number of student-athletes named to Academic All-America teams.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 76% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 26% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 53% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 32% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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