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1 College Junior

Diversity: Very undiverse student population - 85% of students are white/Caucasian and there are very few minorities on campus. Most people (though not everyone) comes from affluent backgrounds. 40% of students went to a private high school. Most students are middle or upper class.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very diverse racially, but good range otherwise.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I think that Bucknell is a diverse school when you consider the students personal beliefs. I have friends that grew up very similarly to myself but we have different political views, religious affiliations, and just how we, in general, run our daily lives. We do not have the most outwardly diverse students (in terms of different skin color and international students) but the university is striving to recruit students that fit this criteria.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There isn't much cultural or racial diversity

3 College Freshman

Diversity: While most people I've met are very open to diverse students, it can just be hard to have interactions between the two groups. The diverse students (blacks, latinos, international kids, etc.) tend to join groups that bring them together and thus kind of spilt the campus apart. So while people do not mind minorities or different sexualities, the way people clump together (such as being greek or non-greek) heavily affects how integrated the campus is. The campus is getting more diverse every year and Bucknell seems to be trying to create a more positive campus climate in regards to this, so I would say it is on the upswing.

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Jen Adams
Washington, PA
Economics/Political Science
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When it comes to economic status, it is true that most students at Bucknell are considered to be wealthy, which is not a surprise given the high cost of tuition. In terms of different races, many students report that they do not see much diversity as they walk through campus. The minorities on campus tend to hang out amongst themselves, so there’s very little mingling between races. However, it’s important to note that there is geographic diversity. Students come from all over the United States and the world, which really helps bring more diversity to Bucknell with their ideals, customs, and upbringings. Bucknell is certainly not a school for only people from small-town Pennsylvania—the University attracts students from big cities, suburbs, and small towns. Also, students who are interested in mingling more amongst international students can choose to live on a language hall, where they’ll be surrounded by students of different nationalities.

It’s a fact that the University is not very diverse, but it is important to note that even though Bucknell has a rather homogenous student body, the students here are very accepting of students of different ethnicities. The admissions office at Bucknell is working really hard to increase the diversity at the University. With Bucknell’s location and its stereotypical “yuppie” students, it must be hard to appeal to the general masses, but Bucknell is trying with aggressive advertising campaigns and scholarship programs. Therefore, it seems promising that futures classes will continue to get more and more diverse.


Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 5%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Overall, the campus is very accepting of gay students and their lifestyle, even if they may not agree with it. There is a FLAG and BT (Friends of Lesbian and Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) organization on campus. In fact, every sorority in Hunt (the sorority dorm) made their floors a safe zone for homosexual students. There does not seem to be a sizable gay community at Bucknell, but those who are seem to be accepted into the community.
Political Activity
Politically, Bucknellians are basically evenly split between Democrat and Republican. Bucknell has political clubs on campus such as the Conservatives Club and College Democrats, both of which are very active. Speakers with different political ideologies are often brought to campus, which is a great way to keep students well informed on what is going on in the world.
Economic Status
There definitely are many really rich kids and even more plain rich kids. There are people representing all of the social classes, but it does often seem that wealthy students seem to be the majority.
Most Common Religions
Christian religions are probably more popular then others. Rooke Chapel is a beautiful chapel right on campus that holds all of Bucknell’s religious services. There are also services for all different religions around town.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Brothers and Sisters Empowered, Caribbean Club, Chinese Cultural Association, Middle Eastern Organization, Japan Society, German Club, Cumbre, Essential, Greeks for the Advancement of Multicultural Education, Hillel, Vietnamese Student Association, President’s Council, Burmese Cultural Organization, Korean Culture Association, NAACP, Students for Asian Awareness, Muslim Students Association, Bucknell International, Turkish Student Organization
Did You Know?
Bucknell students hail from 46 states and 58 countries.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 12% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 33% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 25% Not sure
  • 4% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 24 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 23 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 24 responses

  • 12% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 38% Very accepting.
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