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Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

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Bucknell University, founded in 1846, is a private university. It combines the highly personal experience of a national liberal arts college with the wide choices offered by a comprehensive university. Liberal arts are combined with preprofessional programs in engineering, education, business and music. Students are exposed to the kind of team-based learning experiences that are of increasing importance in the world of work and are encouraged to pursue independent research and study under the close supervision of the faculty. Within a beautiful campus setting in a scenic region of central Pennsylvania, students are also encouraged to pursue global connections through programming (such as the International Focus Semester), technology (e.g., satellite reception of foreign language broadcasts) and an extensive program of study abroad. The university fosters leadership through the development of the students' abilities to think broadly, cross global and ethnic boundaries and provide ethical solutions to the world's problems. Its 393-acre campus is located in Lewisburg, 55 miles from Harrisburg. Buildings on campus and in town retain 19th century architectural styles.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students3,569
   Women1,860 (52.1%)
   Men1,709 (47.9%)
Graduate Students56


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate25% of 10,967 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.54
SAT Math664 average
620-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading635 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing636 average
590-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$67,516
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met91%
Average Freshman Award$34,400
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Lewisburg Population5,763
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 91% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities66% of women participate
Fraternities 57% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.7% Asian
3.6% Black/African-American
6.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
81.2% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students5.4% from 51 countries
First-Year Students Returning93.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.71 4.06 645 635 30
Low 2.93 3.33 610 620 18
High 4.00 5.00 680 650 35
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• Bucknell University has a primate colony facility on its campus.

• Bucknell freshmen serenade the university president at the start of the second semester.

• Bucknell students begin and end the year with a moving outdoor candle-lighting ceremony.

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