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1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Many students come from privileged and sheltered backgrounds; their first priority certainly isn't school

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys are very attractive, very preppy, and very athletic. They party and drink a lot, and there is a huge hook-up culture. Less than 5% of the student body is in a relationship. There is a "work hard play hard" mindset - people party hard but they also care about their grades.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People generally seem to stick with their own crowd here. I love getting to know new people, but when I came to college I found those from different backgrounds didn't branch out as much, so I feel like i rarely find friends that are different from me, which means I never really get to learn anything new.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Bucknell is known for having a beautiful student body. Most students are very preppy, and you'll never go a day without seeing something from Patagonia or Vineyard Vines. There are of course some stuck up people, especially when you take into account the greek life, but it's rare.

4 Niche User

Guys & Girls: The people are great, but as a freshman guy things can get complicated. It's a normal occurrence for the older guys to try to push around younger guys.

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  • 12th
    Hottest Guys
  • 16th
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 16th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 23rd
    Hottest Girls
  • 64th
    Party Guys

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Jen Adams
Washington, PA
Economics/Political Science
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It’s no secret—Bucknell has an unnatural amount of “really, really, ridiculously good-looking” people. (There was actually a Bucknell T-shirt made with that line on the back!) Most students are very conscious about health and fashion and care about their physical appearance, but they also seem to have a certain amount of natural hotness that can’t come from the gym or make-up or the right clothes. Even if every girl or guy at Bucknell is not gorgeous, many still are able to project the idea that they are. The downside to having a good-looking student body is that some students, specifically girls, are overly confident in the fact that they are attractive, which makes them appear stuck-up. Also, the fact that Bucknellians are attractive and care about their appearance can have a negative impact on students, such as girls who frequently feel the need to go tanning and/or engage in unhealthy dieting. As with many college campuses around the country, the issue of eating disorders is prevalent.

There was a rumor that Playboy once ranked Bucknell third on a list of college campuses with the hottest girls, but Bucknell women have much more going for them than that. Girls and guys at Bucknell worked hard to get where they are and continue to work hard to stay where they are. Even though a guy may sometimes act like a frat guy from Animal House or a girl may display behavior reminiscent of Girls Gone Wild, everybody is an intellectual with ambitions and passions outside of the party scene. Come Monday morning, the guy you saw funneling three beers before he smashed the empty cans flat against his forehead raises his hand in politics class to share his views. The typical Bucknellian truly does lead a balanced life between the academic and the social. And if they don’t, they eventually experience the consequences.


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Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Female students can make an appointment with the nurse practitioner at Health Services and get birth control for $15 per month. They can pay for this with cash or their Bucknell Student ID card. Condoms are available for free through the nurse practitioner.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The gym-Bucknellians all like to stay fit
  2. SAE House-the brothers are hot and extremely preppy
  3. Sigma Chi House-they often have dance parties in the basement, which attract a lot of students and the guys are really fun!
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The dance floor
  2. The backyards of "party" houses
  3. Either of your dorm rooms
  4. The benches above Frees Hall-legend has it that if a couple kisses here at sunset, they will get married someday
  5. Children's lit section of the library!
Social Scene
Since the Greek scene is pretty big at Bucknell, there are always many parties going on. Usually every weekend, one of the frats will have a registered party, which is a dance party held at the fraternity house. Technically, in order to get in, you have to be on the register, which is a guest list, but usually you can get in without being on the list, unless you're a freshman guy. The downtown area, where upperclassmen have houses off campus, is notorious for mixers and keg parties. Often times, a few brothers from the same fraternity will all live together in houses along Saint Catherine's, 6th Street, and 7th Street. These houses are where lots of the parties take place. Occasionally, there will be parties at girls' houses but are often just for a certain sorority. The parties are at usually guys' houses, most likely because guys don't seem to care as much about destruction caused by drunken college students.
Hookups or Relationships?
The typical Bucknell girl participates in hookups, but most likely only because she hopes that eventually it might lead to a relationship. The typical Bucknell male, on the other hand, seems to just want to hook up and have the no-strings attached type relationship, giving them the freedom to hook up with whoever, whenever. Occasionally, one of these hookups will lead to a relationship, but because students pretty much stay on or right around campus on the weekends, there really is very little dating. In fact, many students consider continuously hooking up as the dating period, and somehow, the guy and girl eventually morph into a couple.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
There are various places to meet guys or girls at Bucknell, depending on what you're looking for. It is common to meet someone at a party, but it can be hard to form a quality relationship. Alcohol is generally involved in the situation, therefore, it is not always clear if when you both sober up the next day you will want to continue to see each other. Most people just end up meeting and getting to know each other because they have mutual friends.
Dress Code
Bucknell is an extremely preppy campus. Both girls and guys sport polo shirts. (Some even flip the collars up to further prepify their look!) Many students dress pretty casually, though, for classes. Jeans are a staple for girls and guys, although many girls are picky about only wearing designer jeans. Flip-flops are a definite necessity. They are easy to put on when rushing off to class, plus, they put the finishing touch on that casual, preppy look that many Bucknellians strive for. It's not uncommon to see students dressed down in sweats and gym clothes and girls with no makeup. Comfort is key for many students at Bucknell, where the winters are cold, and walking across campus requires going up and down steep hills. While Bucknell girls, for the most part, dress down in their jeans and polos for class, at night the attire is completely different. Girls often times, sport tube tops and halter tops paired with tight-fitting jeans or a miniskirt. Guys, meanwhile, don't look any different from daytime.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 27 responses

  • 36% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% Casual dating at your school
  • 12% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 12% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 10% None
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 58% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 38% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Joining clubs
  • 38% Hall
  • 12% Going out


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