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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.

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.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at my school. The party scene on campus revolves aroung Greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Classes, such as yoga, are very popular and accessible to everyone on campus. Non-athletes are welcomed to use athletic facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite thing about my school is the professors. They are passionate, intelligent, and care about their students. All the professors that I have had so far were very happy to help me. They care not only about my experiences in their class but also my overall experiences at Bucknell.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In retrospect, this was probably not the school for me. If you're not an upper middle class, caucasian and say "like" in every sentence, I suggest you look elsewhere unless you want to spend the next four years feeling as if you're in social Siberia. If you've lived in the sheltered bubble that is the suburbs your entire life, you will have no trouble fitting right in with the rest of the white mold. If you're a minority, there are some outside clubs that are a sad attempt considering the five people that are active members. No one really cares about those clubs though, in fact the rest of the study body barely knows it exists.

That being said, if the social aspect doesn't scare you and you actually have some thick skin, you'll find the academics here outstanding and the professors extremely knowledgable and helpful. It's a shame.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: i would be happy if I could park a tent on the green common area

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cant wait to leave this place. Town doesnt accept the students. Heck, half the students dont accept the students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: a dorm room is a dorm room at any school. Beer was always on the common area floors. No one interacted on the floors

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is too obvious on campus. Parties are overrun and staffed with police at every game.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football Coaches are ABUSIVE. Student Athlete selection each year is questionable. games are unattended. Attendance was higher at my HS games (for all sports)

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The only thing Bucknell has going for it is the professors. The student body is non-diversified yuppies. Alcohol and drugs are rampant on campus. Athletic team coaches are substandard for a D1-AA school. Student body does not support the athletic teams. Considering transferring

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All of my professors have been passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bucknell has a great reputation for graduating students who are competent, and employers know this.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Psafe is the best, they are efficent at what they do, and have a great attitude.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is perfect for those who want to be surrounded by people who are ambitious and hard working. It is located in a rural area, which is perfect for those who want to concentrate on the college experience without distraction.

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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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