When it comes to economic status, it is true that most students at Bucknell are considered to be wealthy, which is not a surprise given the high cost of tuition. In terms of different races, many students report that they do not see much diversity as they walk through campus. The minorities on campus tend to hang out amongst themselves, so there’s very little mingling between races. However, it’s important to note that there is geographic diversity. Students come from all over the United States and the world, which really helps bring more diversity to Bucknell with their ideals, customs, and upbringings. Bucknell is certainly not a school for only people from small-town Pennsylvania—the University attracts students from big cities, suburbs, and small towns. Also, students who are interested in mingling more amongst international students can choose to live on a language hall, where they’ll be surrounded by students of different nationalities.
It’s a fact that the University is not very diverse, but it is important to note that even though Bucknell has a rather homogenous student body, the students here are very accepting of students of different ethnicities. The admissions office at Bucknell is working really hard to increase the diversity at the University. With Bucknell’s location and its stereotypical “yuppie” students, it must be hard to appeal to the general masses, but Bucknell is trying with aggressive advertising campaigns and scholarship programs. Therefore, it seems promising that futures classes will continue to get more and more diverse.