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5 College Freshman

Academics: Students take schoolwork seriously here

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5 College Junior

Academics: Bucknell is absolutely a top tier school and deserves to be there. Unlike many top schools though, it is difficult to get into and it remains difficult throughout the years. You truly have to earn your grades in the vast majority of majors. You will learn a lot at Bucknell, and that includes learning how to fail.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It is very easy to get into the math classes you want. The math lounge is great, too!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Great professors, manageable workload, stimulating classes, small class sizes

3 College Junior

Academics: An accounting/finance major is a lot of work, but the professors are very good and are willing to help. There are plenty of internships that the career development center can help you with.

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Bucknell’s academic community truly is a community. Students and professors constantly interact with one another in and outside of the classroom. If you’re looking for a more intimate college atmosphere, Bucknell is a great school for you. Classes are small, so students have a voice and can express themselves during lectures and discussions. The majority of the professors really do love their jobs and are committed to helping students. All professors hold office hours a couple of days per week, and students can drop by with any questions they may have. Often times, students will contact professors via e-mail to set up meetings outside of office hours. When a professor is passionate about the subject and about teaching, she can make even a biology class interesting for a science- and math-hating English major. The workload at Bucknell is definitely manageable, although engineers seem to have a heavier course load than other majors. Many students are involved in other activities besides just academics. The key to balancing it all is just time management.

Students learn quickly that the distractions of online conversations, roommates, and loud dorms can prevent them from getting all of their studying done. Fortunately, Bucknell has a massive library with desks, group tables, private study-group rooms, couches, and beanbag chairs. Something that sets Bucknell apart from many of the nation’s other top universities is the fact that many Bucknellians find a balance between their studies and their social life. Most other schools are either described as workaholic schools or party schools; at Bucknell, there is a great balance that allows students to excel academically, graduate with a degree from a top university, and have a great time doing so.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
379
Total FT Faculty
379
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$84,773
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Transfer-Out Rate
9%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
59
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 55%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • 7th Street CafĂ©
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance your academics and social life.
  • Buy books online or from someone selling them on campus because the bookstore is extremely overpriced.
  • Don't make reading optional.
  • Don't spend too much time on Facebook
  • Don't take 8 a.m. classes, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays, because you won't want to get up after going out on Monday and Wednesday nights.
  • Get involved on campus
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Get your GEs out of the way early on.
  • Go to class-classes are small, so the professors know if you don't show up.
  • If you want to be part of the Greek system, work on your networking!
  • Take advantage of the career fairs on and off campus.
  • Visit the CDC (Career Development Center) early on.
Did You Know?
  • Almost 25 percent of the engineering students are women. This figure is among the highest in the nation (the national average is 20 percent).
  • During finals, the cafeteria sponsors "study breaks" and prepares different foods each night, from nachos to soft pretzels.
  • During finals the library is open 24 hours a day, and cookies or coffee are put out in the lobby. Throughout the week, all of the dorms institute "quiet hours."
  • Forty-two percent of students spend a semester or more studying off campus.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 18% Kunitake Ando - president of Sony Corporation
  • 12% David Weinberger - Web philosopher, NPR commentator
  • 12% Edward B. Lewis - Nobel Prize winner, medicine
  • 12% Webster Whitmore - inventor of rocket engine
  • 6% Susan Crawford - first female judge, U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • 6% Bill Westenhofer - Oscar-winning visual effects specialist
  • 6% William Hoeveler - Federal District Court judge
  • 6% Kenneth Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot
  • 6% Kenneth Langone - Co-founder of the Home Depot
  • 6% Kenneth Langone - founder of Home Depot
  • 6% Christy Matthewson- MLB Pitcher
  • 6% Mike Muscala - NBA Player
  • 0% Doreen Bolger - executive director, Baltimore Museum of Art
  • 0% Daniel Buraczeski - artistic director, choreographer
  • 0% Mark Morganelli - jazz trumpeter, record producer
  • 0% Jane Brown Maas - creator of "I Love NY" campaign
  • 0% Rob Andrews - U.S. congressman from New Jersey
  • 0% Christy Mathewson - baseball hall of famer
  • 0% Leslie Moonves - president and CEO of CBS
  • 0% Philip Roth - Pulitzer Prize-winner author

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 23 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 11 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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