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4 College Freshman

Local Area: We need more chain stores.

3 College Junior

Local Area: I have a hard time rating this. Yes, it's in the middle of nowhere and a pain to get transportation to an airport during the semester, a commuter rail would be great. But as small and remote as Lewisburg is, it definitely has charm. There are only a few bars but that is all we really need, we aren't a large enough student body to justify having any more. The food could be better but there are definitely hidden gems (Smiling Chameleon guac, lookin at you). It's kind of fun to drive around the local farm land, at least for someone who is used to city life.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I grew up in central PA, so I might be biased. I love small towns like Lewisburg. They're peaceful, pretty, and safe.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The town of Lewisburg is very small. It is nice, but there really isn't much to do. There are nice places to eat and a movie theater, but that's about all there is. It can be boring on weekends if you don't like to go out.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: There is not much to do in the town of Lewisburg, PA. There are a few good places to eat, however, the walk into town takes about 20 mins from the farthest point on campus. Students are generally nice, but their is a sense of fakeness on campus. Sports here are terrible. No one attends the football games which is a huge bummer.

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Students at Bucknell often say they wish they could pick up the Bucknell campus and community from its central Pennsylvania location and transplant it closer to a city. Bucknell is definitely not the school for someone who needs to constantly be in a city environment. Many Bucknellians come from suburban and urban areas, and rural, central Pennsylvania—the heart of Amish country—is definitely a big change for them. However, the amount of activity happening on campus makes up for the lack of excitement in the community. Bucknellians often talk about the “Bucknell Bubble” because of the isolation of the campus. It can be annoying to not hear about national events until you talk to your parents on the phone or happen to catch the news on the televisions at the gym.

Lewisburg is really cute small with some amazing restaurants. It’s an upscale town and the main street, Market Street, is well-kept and safe. Unique shops and the Campus Theater, which was featured in USA Today, can be found downtown. In general, locals are very nice to students, especially in the downtown area. However, when you get out to the strip-mall areas of Lewisburg, the economic differences between the academic community and locals is very obvious. Often, students will see Amish and Mennonites shopping in the local Wal-Mart! Occasionally, locals in this area are not as friendly as they are on Market Street, but it does not seem to be a huge issue for students.

 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Downtown Lewisburg is very quaint, with gingerbread porches, carved wooden doors, and three-globed streetlights.
  2. There are many historical sites, including an Underground Railroad station.
  3. There is a farmers' market every week that brings Amish people from the area in their buggies.
  4. Lewisburg is ranked 15th in the nation in the book The 100 Best Small Towns in America.
  5. Every year downtown on Market Street there is a Chocolate Lovers' Fantasy Festival, Ice Sculpture Festival, and Christmas Tree lighting.
Notable Natives
  • Frank Roessler - from "Real World: Las Vegas"
  • Christopher Mathewson - MLB hall of famer
Local Slang
  • Flossie in a black apron dress: Young woman in traditional Amish or Mennonite attire
  • Make wet?: Is it going to rain?
  • Outen the lights: Turn off the lights
  • Tastes like More: Delicious
  • Wootz: A person who pigs out eating
Points of Interest
  • Bounce Fun Plex
  • The Lewisburg Freez
  • Market Street
  • Packwood House Museum
  • Purity Candy
  • Raymond B. Winter State Park
  • Slifer House Museum
Shopping Centers
Susquehanna Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
Campus Theatre
413 Market St.
Lewisburg
(570) 524-9628
Movie Theaters
Susquehanna Valley Mall Cinema Center
Susquehanna Valley Mall
Selinsgrove
(570) 374-2049
Major Sports Teams
None:
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: NY: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 3 hours
Did You Know?
Since Bucknell is located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country, much of the local slang comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 77% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 45% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Totally.
  • 34% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 63% No way.

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