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Reviews 586 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Tiny and outdated rooms. They somehow manage to screw you over each and every year.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The university is cutting down on campus housing. This year's field of approximately 500 students will be cut down to 250 next year, with more future cuts very likely due to a plan to demolish 6th Street to build a sort of entrance courtyard.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: No comments, everything above covered it.

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Too Greek-centric. Independents and freshmen who won't rush until the next year usually end up banding together because they can never get into frat parties. It's gotten to the point that I much prefer the bar. It's not worth it to go into a basement, grab a beer, then try to walk across the floor with it only to find that over half of it ends up on you instead of in your mouth.

3 College Senior

Administration: You really have to try to get in trouble. Public Safety isn't here to ruin everyone's fun, they're here to keep us safe. So long as you aren't creating a ton of noise or causing any damage, you're generally left to your own devices.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Jerked around by the administration. Forced to prove multiple times a year that I come from a poor family. Tuition is double what my parents make in a year, multiple rounds of paperwork just to verify that. Paperwork complications from my father being on disability.

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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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