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Reviews 592 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bucknell is like heaven minus the hard work. It's fun, the people are nice and everyone finds their place. The week is full of studying and classes, but the weekend and weeknight parties make up for it and make the weeks go by quickly.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Greek Life has a big impact on the social scene and minorities tend to stand out. Professors are great and can be tough. Food is great, but a lot of carbs and not a lot of healthy options. It's kind of hard to fit in if you stand out, but clubs and activities are always great to get assimilated into Bucknell.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great school, great students, great professors, great atmosphere. A little something for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Coming from an under represented background, it has been a difficult transition, however, I have met the most amazing and genuine people in such a short time. Although I am not an international student, the international community is phenomenal! Bucknell has my heart because of them.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Depends on if the culture fits your style. If you visit find organizations you are interested in and meet the people see if that appeals to you. Professor's are great, food is great.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I just graduated from Bucknell and I highly recommend that you do not attend this school. I picked Bucknell because it has a good reputation and the campus is beautiful but there are a lot of things I didn't take into account that I wish I had, and I think you should when looking for a college.

Bucknell academics are highly regarded, and I agree there are some good programs and smart people here, but for the most part I did not find the students in this school to be very intelligent. Many of them only get accepted because they're legacy and trust me, it's obvious.

The school is also in Lewisburg which gets old fast. When I came here I was excited to go to a small town because it was something totally different than I was used to. After about a year I was not happy to be in Lewisburg. Lewisburg is a nice little town in the middle of nowhere and there are a couple good restaurants, but they are scarce and there is absolutely nothing else to do here. The town is one street but it is very small and spending four years here is way too long.

The administration is pretty crappy as well. To be frank, I wouldn't trust them to run a preschool. They got caught lying about their SAT scores two years ago and they only care about getting more money from alumni. They also treat the students like infants. They are no longer letting students live off campus, which used to be something all students looked forward to doing their upperclass years. They're trying to get rid of Greek life, which has always been a big part of the social scene here. They have also ended hundred year traditions, like the beloved House Party Weekend.

This is just my opinion, but many of my friends at Bucknell agree with this. Of course I did have some good experiences here and I made some great friends but almost all of us agree that we wish we had went to a different school for undergrad. The school has a lot of faults and the administration is making it worse.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: In retrospect, Bucknell was a challenging experience - not because of academics but because of the seemingly monolithic social landscape. I made a few great friends at Bucknell, so that I will never trade. I also learned a handful of just life lessons - mostly dealing with friendships, peer groups, etc. Bucknell is unique in that students are so isolated with a really homogeneous population. Students are good-looking, smart, and ambitious. It's great, but the emphasis on those qualities detracts from more important qualities that are important to social stewardship or you know, just being a decent person. Bucknell can be a great place, but it's not for everyone. I would encourage students looking at Bucknell to really ask if they feel like they would thrive here. There are so many other really good schools if you have the financial means to pay for Bucknell.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Bucknell's Greek Life is a blast. The houses and Hunt Hall are all very well manicured and the people within the system are mostly great people. It's nice having such a large network of alumni and fellow students looking out for you.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school is trying to bring everyone back on campus slowly.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Each year is different and each year is amazing. Freshman year you get very close with your friends and although getting into things downtown, as a guy, is difficult it allows you to bond with your freshman friends. When you do get into things it makes it that much more fun. As a sophomore you finally have a fraternity or sorority so your social life blossoms. As a junior you really take over as the leaders in your greek organization and its more fun than the year prior.

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus is very fair. As long as you arent stumbling around dangerously drunk you usually wont have an issue with P-Safe. Drug use is treated differently and is discouraged especially in the dorms.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The food itself is very good. I rarely, if ever, think something actually tastes bad. The only issue is that it gets repetitive.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great freshman-junior years. The school offers a wide variety of accomidations that should be able to suit most anyone. You will always be close with your freshman hall mates and as you move past your freshman year you're allowed more freedom to live with who you want/where you want. Unfortunately the seniors are getting pushed back on campus but the new apartments are well done.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is great but can get old real fast.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am in love with Bucknell.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm in love with Bucknell.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is highly prestigious.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: We need more chain stores.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: We are a very beautiful campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health center is in a great location.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I can't wait to rush next year!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is the most attended sport.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's no fast food or chain restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Did not get much financial aid from the school.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Bison and Caf are decent but get pretty repetitive. Bison doesn't open until 10:30 and sometimes the caf is closed then or has limited options so it is hard to find food to fuel you early in the morning especially. I have seen expired energy bars/ other food in the bison more than once. Nasty


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An overwhelming amount of students say that they cannot imagine being in college anywhere else and are extremely happy with their decision to attend Bucknell. Many students have gripes about the isolated location, lack of diversity, and emphasis on Greek life, but these issues all seem to dull in comparison to the overwhelming sense of community that many Bucknellians admit to feeling. Most think of the “Bucknell Bubble” as a bad aspect of their college experience, but it also appears to be the very thing that has made Bucknell the cohesive place that students say they love. Bucknell has gotten the reputation of being a private institution filled with rich kids that think too highly of themselves, but while some kids do fit that description here, it is not the norm—most of the people you will meet here are truly genuine.

Bucknell is a place where students can flourish academically and socially in a small, supportive environment. Professors are deeply committed to the students, and the students seem to be genuinely interested in learning. The campus is physically breathtaking, and you will often find yourself in awe while walking in the academic quad through autumn leaves or watching a crisp, cold winter sunset from the top of Freas Hall. Bucknell may not be located in the hustle and bustle of a city with new and eccentric sites around every corner, but what Bucknell has is a very real sense of family—something that no city school could ever achieve.

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