Local Atmosphere

Lewisburg, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I couldn't ever live in Lewisburg as I am from a large city and could not imagine myself permanently living in a small town like Lewisburg.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lewisburg is literally in the middle of nowhere. But in a way, that's what makes it some homey. Lewisburg is a quaint little town with not much to offer, so that means the campus is where you spend most of your time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: It's a small town. You have to get accustomed to living there, especially if you're from a large city.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The overall atmosphere is great and the locals seem very friendly however the transportation is limited and NOT easily accessible.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The locals here are great and really like the students. There are a lot of little local botiques in town which are really cute too.

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Jen Adams
Washington, PA
Economics/Political Science
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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.


Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Downtown Lewisburg is very quaint, with gingerbread porches, carved wooden doors, and three-globed streetlights.
  2. There are many historical sites, including an Underground Railroad station.
  3. There is a farmers' market every week that brings Amish people from the area in their buggies.
  4. Lewisburg is ranked 15th in the nation in the book The 100 Best Small Towns in America.
  5. Every year downtown on Market Street there is a Chocolate Lovers' Fantasy Festival, Ice Sculpture Festival, and Christmas Tree lighting.
Notable Natives
  • Frank Roessler - from "Real World: Las Vegas"
  • Christopher Mathewson - MLB hall of famer
Local Slang
  • Flossie in a black apron dress: Young woman in traditional Amish or Mennonite attire
  • Make wet?: Is it going to rain?
  • Outen the lights: Turn off the lights
  • Tastes like More: Delicious
  • Wootz: A person who pigs out eating
Points of Interest
  • Bounce Fun Plex
  • The Lewisburg Freez
  • Market Street
  • Packwood House Museum
  • Purity Candy
  • Raymond B. Winter State Park
  • Slifer House Museum
Shopping Centers
Susquehanna Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
Campus Theatre
413 Market St.
(570) 524-9628
Movie Theaters
Susquehanna Valley Mall Cinema Center
Susquehanna Valley Mall
(570) 374-2049
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: NY: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 3 hours
Did You Know?
Since Bucknell is located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country, much of the local slang comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 29 responses

  • 17% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 76% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 28 responses

  • 39% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 4% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 28 responses

  • 57% No way.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.


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