Bucknell University

692 reviews
  1. Lewisburg, PA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Bucknell University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Bucknell University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
31%
SAT Range
1210-1400
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$33,127/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,794/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,248/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,666/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,983/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,384/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.46 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.42 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.42 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,538Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
22%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Balanced
    17%
  • Stuck up
    17%
  • Wealthy
    13%
  • Extroverted
    10%
  • Fun
    10%
  • Sheltered
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.62 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Preppy
    39%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Prestigious
    12%
  • Ambitious
    9%
  • Bad
    6%
  • Small
    6%
  • Homogeneous
    3%

After Bucknell University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$68,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses

Reviews

692 reviews
  • Excellent
    154
  • Very Good
    233
  • Average
    235
  • Poor
    49
  • Terrible
    21
The neuroscience major currently is still in its infancy in Bucknell. They recently just revamped and reorganized the curriculum, which has improved the major significantly. However, since the department has no dedicated neuroscience faculty, the professors teaching the neuroscience classes belong to either the biology department, the psychology department, or the animal behavior department. While this doesn't affect the quality or focus of the neuroscience courses, it does limit the amount of pure neuroscience research that students can be involved with on campus, since they are also competing with students from the other majors to participate.

However, much of the faculty are very well-known and respected in their field, and are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about both their research AND teaching. Professors who don't want to teach don't last long at Bucknell.

Socially, the neuroscience majors are treated by the rest of the school (that is, everyone except the engineers, physicists and chemists) with a combination of awe (You must me soooo smart!) and disbelief (Wow that sounds so hard, how do you do that?). It is, in fact, a difficult major with a high number of required courses, but it's totally worth the work!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Nov 2 2011
Bucknell offers a large variety of majors, and also encourages interdisciplinary focus of combining different majors. My major is Animal Behavior and it is an interdisciplinary major that combines Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience, all of which are also offered majors. Since my major is so specific, they only accept about 10 students into the program each year, and for this reason I was originally wait-listed to the university. However, the application process is just like any other, with the common app and supplements to fill out. My tip would be to make your essays as honest and true to yourself as possible. Also, if you don't get your first choice, there is always the option of switching majors, which surprisingly a lot of students do! So if you realize a major isn't what you thought it was, you can still fulfill all the requirements for a different major and graduate on time!
  • College Junior
  • Oct 12 2012
Everyone kind of looks like they just stepped off the front page of a magazine, and if you're into that--great! But be warned, if you come from an area where diversity is abundant, you won't really find it here. The girls all own the same Longchamp Le Pliage bag, and the same Northface jackets, and style their hair the same way, etc. The guys all wear brightly colored shorts with Polos, and Vineyard Vines caps with Wayfarer Ray-Bans. If you're not into preppiness, it'll take a while to get used to the Bucknell scene.
  • College Freshman
  • May 13 2013