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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's a quaint town but it get's boring very quickly.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Although there are a few stores and restaurants downtown, no one really shops there because they're not the type of stores students shop at (antique stores, jewelers, etc.). Transportation is an inconvenience because the school is "in the middle of nowhere." Although there is a bus stop ~5 minute walk from campus, you'll have to get a ride from someone to the train station or airport, which are both over an hour away from campus. Nightlife/cultural attractions are nonexistent because, there is nothing around the school for miles except for farms and trees.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lewisburg is ridiculously isolated. Make friends with people who drive or have cars/bring your own, or cabin fever is inevitable. However the town is really cute and there are a lot of restaurants that are close and fairly good. The campus theatre (even though it doesnt show new stuff all the time) is very quaint and often has great things showing, both oldies and sometimes new releases.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lewisburg is the stereotypical college town; it would not exist without Bucknell right next to it. It's also in the middle of Central PA so there isn't big cities right near it. Philly, New York and Pittsburgh are roughly 3 hours away.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town of Lewisburg is small and endearing


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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 32 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 31 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 77% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 16% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 55% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 42% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Totally.
  • 39% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 61% No way.


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