Students at Bucknell often say they wish they could pick up the Bucknell campus and community from its central Pennsylvania location and transplant it closer to a city. Bucknell is definitely not the school for someone who needs to constantly be in a city environment. Many Bucknellians come from suburban and urban areas, and rural, central Pennsylvania—the heart of Amish country—is definitely a big change for them. However, the amount of activity happening on campus makes up for the lack of excitement in the community. Bucknellians often talk about the “Bucknell Bubble” because of the isolation of the campus. It can be annoying to not hear about national events until you talk to your parents on the phone or happen to catch the news on the televisions at the gym.
Lewisburg is really cute small with some amazing restaurants. It’s an upscale town and the main street, Market Street, is well-kept and safe. Unique shops and the Campus Theater, which was featured in USA Today, can be found downtown. In general, locals are very nice to students, especially in the downtown area. However, when you get out to the strip-mall areas of Lewisburg, the economic differences between the academic community and locals is very obvious. Often, students will see Amish and Mennonites shopping in the local Wal-Mart! Occasionally, locals in this area are not as friendly as they are on Market Street, but it does not seem to be a huge issue for students.