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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall I've really enjoyed my time so far at Bucknell. It fosters a real sense of community that is missing on other more urban campuses. The teachers are a bunch of wacky, intelligent, passionate weirdos that you'll cherish forever. You truly get the liberal arts degree at Bucknell with classes about portraiture and classics and humanities. On the other hand, the STEM facilities and options are poppin'. This is a great place to be an undergrad.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Even as freshman, students get connected with future employers and job opportunities. The Bucknell network outside of 'the bubble' has always been strong, alumni are always very enthusiastic when it comes to hiring fellow bison.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Bucknell has a big and bustling party scene. The same concerns of any college campus are here as well. While these threats are always present, I do not feel unsafe or unsupported by my school.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Joining a Residential College is a gamble. Additionally, the housing varies so much it is hard to qualify it. Some halls are notoriously dirty and unkempt while others are beautiful and spacious. Regardless, if you want to switch rooms, the housing office will screw you over. Bucknell is set up in an uphill-downhill structure so if you're downhill you'll get use to climbing lots of hills to get to class. If you're uphill, stock your dorm with food because you'll never want to make it all the way to the ELC for cheap food.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: At Bucknell you cannot rush until you're a sophomore. This is a rare but wonderful system. It allows you to find your "people" and pursue your interests without being overshadowed by forced friendships and obligations. Greek life is done really well, but girls should be aware that sororities only have halls not actual houses. Close to half of campus goes Greek so it's hardly selective. If you like to go out, like most Bucknellians do, consider going Greek just for the convenience.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I came to this school from the south specifically because I wanted a school that matched my dismal feelings towards sports. People know when game day is but there is little to no "hype". One time they gave out shirts to the first 100 people that came to a soccer game and I'm not sure they ever ran out of shirts. It's a D1 school which doesn't make a ton of sense but if you come here to play sports, good for you. A lot of students participate in sports which is cool too. It's just another way Bucknell allows you to do what you love and do it well.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I was hesitant to chose Bucknell because it's so small and I thought that meant isolated. Really, you hardly leave campus because there's just so much to do. Bucknell offers tons of clubs and sports at all level in addition to near nightly campus events, not to mention parties. The people here are great, however the housing department finds some special way to match you up with your exact opposite. Residential colleges are generally great but the university makes it seem much better than it is in practice. Don't be afraid to talk to your professors, they all really care. BU could have more school spirit when it comes to sports, but overall you just get the sense everyone is happy and excited to be there.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The best possible experience. Work hard and play hard. Professors truly care about you and the students are there for you as well. There is always something to go to! Parties are always fun, but there are other outlets for fun too.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bucknell alums truly care about each other. There are networking events in almost every major city.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: PSafe is always there for you and they won't ruin the fun unless it gets out of hand.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Smith and its the best residence hall you can ever imagine! You can't hate it!

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Bucknell is huge! I am going to rush myself. It will not get in the way of academics if you don't let it! It is the only way to have a good network of people though.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities are great. IM and club sports are plentiful. Nothing to hate

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am a first year student at Bucknell and all my interactions with Bucknell have just been positive so far. Professors really care about you. The social scene is a lot of fun! It may be hard freshmen year, but it gets better. I think its the perfect school

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bucknell maintains a strong connection with its alumni and provides the current students plenty of opportunities to network with these alumni and their affiliated businesses. Opportunities like these help ease the transition from graduating college to establishing a successful career.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoy the classes at Bucknell because they are typically very small. On average, there was about 20 students in each of my classes. Small class sizes like this give students the opportunity not only to engage with each other, but also the professor. I hear of many stories where students at large universities never even get to talk to their professors just because of how big the classes are. Also, a small class size forces a student to pay attention and not goof around because the professor will notice you. You cannot text the whole class or watch your favorite show on Netflix. You professor expects you to be engaged in their lecture.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Bucknell's campus. The campus is well-lit and also has the blue light system to help keep students safe. There are always Public Safety officers on duty, and they are never too far away if something goes wrong and you need to call them. Even at night, I feel no potential threat or harm while walking across campus. Bucknell does a great job making the students' safety a major priority.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely loved living on campus my freshman year at Bucknell University. The dorms were clean and very spacious. I remember doing college tours as a freshman and can recall some of the cramped, dark dorms that I saw at other universities. The dorms at Bucknell were nothing like this. They were decent in size, had lots of natural light, and plenty of storage space.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: At Bucknell University, you must be a sophomore or older to rush a sorority or fraternity. I believe this is a very good policy on Bucknell's behalf. It is pretty evident that Greek life plays a huge role on campus, however, Bucknell makes sure that participating in sororities and fraternities is not the only thing a Bucknell student must be concerned about. An incoming freshman has a lot of adjustments to make since this is probably the first time they are living on their own. Having to be focused on Greek life and rushing may take some time away from focusing on academics. Bucknell does a great job by balancing this focus and making your education the #1 priority.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Bucknell University does a tremendous job providing up-to-date, clean, and accessible athletic facilities. This applies to both the facilities for athletes and non-athletes. Non-athletes also get access to the facilities only college athletes would get to use like Bucknell's Olympic sized swimming pool.

Also, Bucknell students have a lot of school spirit when it comes to sporting events. We may not be a large state school with a nationals winning football team, but that doesn't stop us from supporting our teams and fellow students.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I attend Bucknell University. I am a rising sophomore, and I am majoring in the field of physics. One of the most rewarding experiences I have encountered at Bucknell so far is the incredible professors. They truly want to see you succeed and will do anything to help you achieve your goals. When I started my first semester, my physics class was very difficult for me. I did not perform well on the first test and was extremely disappointed. I was unsure of what to do next. Do I drop the class? Do I change my major? Is this school too difficult for me? I did really well in high school, but is collegiate level material too much for me? This is where Professor Ligare stepped in and (not to be cheesy) actually changed my life and mentality.

Professor Ligare was one of my instructors for my first semester physics class. He emailed me and said we should meet to discuss my test as well as future actions we can take to help me learn the material better. He told me about his weekly office hours and help sessions. I decided to attend those twice a week. In those sessions, Professor Ligare taught me how to think like a physicist and break down a problem into something that I could understand. My professor did not only teach me those skills, but he gave me confidence within myself that I could do it. After I failed my first test, I thought I was not fit to study physics. However, Professor Ligare showed me that wasn't the case. He gave me the tools to feel confident. He also treated me as an adult, and it was up to my digression to continue to come to office hours when I needed help. My learning was my responsibility. If I was struggling to learn a concept, Professor Ligare was always there to help. Yet, I had to be the one to initiate that help. I could not expect the answers to be handed to me. I had to work for them. My experience at Bucknell so far has not only successfully taught me physics, but how to be confident and responsible for my learning.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite thing about the classes is the small size. This helps to make the learning process more engaging and lets the professor really get to know you.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is one of the best.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is a big problem on campus; however, it is being combated with the support of Greek life, the adminstration, and the student body.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I like Bucknell because most people live on campus all four years. While housing varies in quality, I would say overall housing is good. There is a big emphasis on community living; you get to really know the people you live with.

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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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