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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's very beautiful and up to date. There are lots of extracurriculars.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: It mostly revolves around partying, there isn't much else.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Everyone who goes to Bucknell LOVES Bucknell. The student environment is always very positive.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Career Development Center does a really great job of connecting students with internships, externships, job opportunities, etc. If offers many resources that every student should take advantage of, and maintains close relationships with alumni so that current students can be connected with them and work with them.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The athletic center, library, and student center are all great facilities. The campus has many beautiful buildings, and the landscape is beautiful.

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It’s unanimous that Bucknell has amazing athletic facilities. A fitness center, pool, and basketball stadium were just finished within the last couple of years. The fitness center received all new equipment for weight lifting and cardio exercise. The computers in the library and academic buildings are all very nice and new. However, some of the computers and printers located in the dorm computer labs need some help. The LC (student center) is fairly new and very nice and contains mailboxes, the bookstore, the Bison (a place to get food), the cafeteria, offices, an ATM, and Samek Art Gallery. Most of Bucknell’s facilities have recently undergone face-lifts. In the past few years, Swartz Hall, a dorm, was renovated, as was Hunt Hall, where the sororities cohabitate and the Breakiron Engineering building was recently added. There are a few buildings still in need of some help, but it seems that Bucknell is always undertaking some kind of renovation to improve the campus. Over the next few years, Bucknell plans on adding more academic buildings and dormitories.

Nearly every student goes through the LC at least once a day. It is in the center of campus, and is the main place where students eat—the Caf and the Bison are here. Since the LC somewhat connects the lower campus (“downhill”) from the upper campus (“uphill”), students often pass through here to get out of the cold for part of their walk across campus. The LC is always a lively place where students meet for meals, shop for necessities at the bookstore, and receive any care packages from home. (Note: Care packages are vital for student happiness!)


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
450 acres
Student Centers
The Langone Center (LC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Bertrand Library
  • Willard Smith Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • 7th Street Café
  • The Bison
  • The Caf
  • The LC
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
None, but the local bowling alley is a popular place for students to go.
Coffeehouse on Campus
7th Street Café
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but the Campus Theatre is right down the street. Also, every Wednesday and Saturday night, movies that are about to come out on DVD are shown in the LC Forum for cheap.
School Slang
  • 619: Usually a popular party house.
  • 7th Street: The coffee place.
  • The Beach: An outdoor patio area located on one of the roofs of Swartz dorm.
  • The Bison: A popular food court in the LC.
  • Box Number: Your mailbox number (needed to get into frat parties)
  • The Courtyard: A computer area in the library where many students meet for projects.
  • C-store: A place to get snacks and candy.
  • Downhill LC: The entrance to the LC, located on the northern end of campus (Students often meet here).
  • Downtown: The area between campus and Lewisburg (party zone)
  • Fire-Escape: Usually a popular party house.
  • Frat Row: Where many of the fraternities are; located behind the library.
  • The Gateways: Upperclassman apartment-style housing.
  • KLARC: Fitness center and indoor track area/building.
  • The LC: The student center, where the mailboxes, bookstore, and many eating venues are located.
  • The LC Mall: Bottom level of the LC between the Campus Bookstore and the Bison where clubs and activities and sometimes outside stores have tables to sell you things and tell you about upcoming events.
  • Mixers: Small gatherings between a fraternity and a sorority.
  • The Mods: The trailerpark, small on-campus houses.
  • The Penis: A grotesque-looking statue in front of Vedder Hall.
  • The Pit: The basement of Vedder hall. There is a study area, vending machines, and a TV room.
  • Points: Bucknell's punishment system.
  • PS: Public safety.
  • Purple Pillars: Usually a party house.
  • Registers: Large fraternity parties that have an invite list.
  • Ride Board: Located in the LC, where people can sign up for rides with other students to different states.
  • The Ski lodge: A study room in McDonnell Hall.
  • The Suite: Any of the sorority suites in Hunt Hall.
  • The Taj: Often a popular party house.
  • Uphill LC: The entrance to the LC on the southern end of campus. (Students often meet here.)
  • Yellowwood: Popular party house.
  • 100 Nights: This event brings back a tradition from the 1970s and 1980s of counting down the days until graduation. The senior class gathers in Davis Gym to celebrate their years at Bucknell, reminisce about the experiences, and generate excitement about staying involved with Bucknell after graduation. 
  • Bid Day: The day that all students involved in the rush process gets their bids from a Greek organization. Many girls can be seen running back to their dorm rooms from the LC.
  • BU After Dark: This takes place once every semester in the Fieldhouse and is basically an indoor carnival. Carnival food such as cotton candy is provided, and the activities include sumo wrestling and obstacle courses.
  • Christy's: Christy's is the huge a cappella concert held annually in the Rooke Chapel where all four groups (the Bison Chips, Two Past Midnight, Beyond Unison and the Silhouettes) perform.
  • Chrysalis: Chrysalis is the spring formal dance with a different famous performer each year.
  • First Night: At the First Night ceremony for freshmen, the entire class gets together at the beginning of their second semester to meet their student governing body, get the class flag, crest, and colors. Then, they go sing the alma mater on the president's lawn. It declares them officially as alumni.
  • Greek Welcome Day/Night: This occurs the day after Bid Day. In the afternoon, all of the female pledges stand on top of Freas Hall screaming their sorority's songs. The new fraternity brothers come watch with their fraternity's banner in tow. That night, there is a big party, and all of the fraternities are open to new and old Greek members.
  • Houseparty Weekend: Houseparty Weekend occurs in the springtime at the end of March. It is basically an entire weekend of partying. The fraternities remain open to every student with a wristband.
  • Welcome Back Fesitval: At the Welcome Back Festival each fall, there is a carnival set up on the lawn outside of the LC. There's food, games, bucking broncos, and an air-filled trampoline. Everyone mingles and is welcomed back to the University for another academic year.
Urban Legends
  • All freshmen cross through the Big University gates after Matriculation and they go back through the gates after graduation. Legend has it that if a student goes back through the gates before graduation then they are doomed to fail out of Bucknell.
  • In the quad area above Freas Hall, there are some benches that look out towards the mountains. Legend has it that if you kiss someone while the sun is setting up here, then you will marry him or her someday.
  • Legend has it that Hunt Hall (the sorority dorm) is haunted by a female ghost dressed in a red or green raincoat.
Favorite Things To Do
The CAP (Campus Activities and Programs) center works really hard to get lots of different bands and singers to campus. Bucknell has seen some pretty impressive performers from Dave Matthews to Ludacris to O.A.R. Each semester, the Bucknell Concert Committee puts on a concert with a mainstream performer. However, nearly every weekend there are lesser-known bands and singers performing at Uptown and in 7th Street Café, and these concerts are free, which is always a plus. Also, many of the fraternities bring bands in to play. If there's not someone you want to see performing, students enjoy the five-minute walk to the Campus Theatre (on Market Street) to catch a movie. Often times, there are independent and foreign films, as well as mainstream Hollywood films. The CAP center also shows movies on campus once or twice a week. Bucknell students also enjoy working out at the gym, which was redone in 2003 and is in pristine condition. Every day there are special classes offered such as Pilates or kickboxing. Of course, students can also use the equipment, swim in the Olympic-sized pool, or play a game of tennis on the courts. T The 7th Street Café is a fun place to hang out and chat with your friends. The atmosphere is really cozy, and there are a lot of yummy coffee and non-coffee drinks to chose from, as well as food! When the weather is nice, students can be found littered all around Bucknell's beautiful campus. There are many places to sit and do work, read, or just hang out. During the day, you can eat, shop (there are always outside vendors on campus in the LC selling clothes, jewelry, purses, etc.), use your creative energy at the craft center, relax in the sauna, work out, go for a swim, play tennis, or hit up the driving range. At night, you can check out the many on- and off-campus parties, hang out at 7th Street Café, listen to one of the many speakers that Bucknell brings to campus, attend one of the activity nights at the Caf, check out a band playing at Uptown (the on-campus club), see a movie in Vaughan Literature Auditorium or the LC Forum, or check out a visiting comedian in the Bison.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
There are more than 100 facilities on campus, including performing arts center, art gallery, and a state-of-the-art fitness center

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 37 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 16 responses

  • 18% Houseparty Weekend
  • 15% First Night
  • 15% BU After Dark
  • 9% Bid Day
  • 9% Chrysalis
  • 9% Greek Welcome Day/Night
  • 9% Color Games
  • 5% Matriculation
  • 4% Christy's
  • 4% Welcome Back Fesitval
  • 2% 100 Nights
  • 2% Ski team weekends

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 19% Hang with friends in the dorms
  • 14% Get milkshakes
  • 14% Go downtown
  • 13% Go for a walk
  • 8% Nothing to do but studying
  • 8% Go on a run
  • 6% Sushihanna
  • 6% Work in academic buildings
  • 5% Troll
  • 5% Go to the bookstore
  • 2% Fish in the river nearby

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 25 responses

  • 24% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 40% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 24% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 12% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 39 responses

  • 56% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 36% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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