Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

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.

Website: www.bucknell.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,611
Undergraduate
Students
(50.6%) 1,827 Women
(49.4%) 1,784 Men
67
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
31% of 10,253 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.55
SAT Math
675 average
630-720 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
657 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
28-31 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$73,150
Tuition and Fees
$56,092
Room and Board
$13,662
Average Percent of Need Met
91%
Average Freshman Award
$37,500
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,000
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
384
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Lewisburg Population
5,763
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bison
Sororities
66% of women participate
Fraternities
44% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.4% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.9% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students
6.3% from 45 countries
First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
86.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
74%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 2  
History 2  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
One Dent Drive
City, State, Zip
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone
(570) 577-3000
Fax
(570) 577-3760
E-mail
admissions@bucknell.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
31% of 10,253 applicants were admitted
Women
34% of 4,863 applicants were admitted
Men
29% of 5,390 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
973 (31%) of 3,187 admitted students enrolled
Women
499 (30%) of 1,643 admitted students enrolled
Men
474 (31%) of 1,544 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
55% of 762 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
2,883
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,301
Students Admitted From Wait List
55

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.55
3.75 and Above
29%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
24%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
675 average
630-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
40%
Score of 600 - 700
46%
Score of 500 - 600
14%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
657 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
27%
Score of 600 - 700
57%
Score of 500 - 600
15%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
30 average
28-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
54%
Score of 24 - 29
43%
Score of 18 - 23
3%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 60%
Top quarter: 89%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
1%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$73,150
Tuition and Fees
$56,092
Room and Board
$13,662
Books and Supplies
$900
Other Expenses
$2,496
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@bucknell.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003238
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
555 (57.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
405 (73.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
405 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
91%
Average Award
$37,500
Need-Based Gift
Received by 280 (69.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,700
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 405 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,200
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 88 (21.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
72 (7.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,958

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,406 (39.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,295 (92.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,295 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
91%
Average Award
$33,500
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,210 (93.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,000
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,295 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,200
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 314 (24.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
416 (11.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,898

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
47%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,000
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
4.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Business, Engineering/Technologies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Number of Awards
328
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
131
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
117
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,500
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • East Asian Studies
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Educational Statistics and Research Methods
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Engineering, Business/marketing
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, biology, chemistry
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
384
Part-Time Faculty
50
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
86%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 52% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 19% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,415,125
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1031
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Master of Science, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Animal Behavior
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology--General
  • Student Affairs

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Lewisburg Population
5,763
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
446 acres

Weather

Temperature
17.1 average low in January, 79 average high in September
Rain
140 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Lewisburg
Nearest Train Station
75 mile(s) from campus in Harrisburg

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
9%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
well-lit pathways, self-defense education, safety/security orientation

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bison
School Colors
Orange and blue

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x x x x
Crew x      
Cross-Country Running x x x  
Field Hockey x x    
Football     x x
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x x    
Water Polo x   x  
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x x
Water Polo x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x x
Crew    
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x x
Golf x  
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Water Polo x  
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading, equestrian sports, rock climbing, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), squash, ultimate Frisbee, weight lifting
Men's Club Sports
cheerleading, crew, equestrian sports, ice hockey, rock climbing, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), squash, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, weight lifting

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, cross-country running, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, weight lifting, wrestling

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, black student union, outing club, activities and campus events, catholic campus ministries, calvin and hobbes
Sororities
66% of women participate
Fraternities
44% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,611
Women
1,827 (50.6%)
Men
1,784 (49.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,585
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.4% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.9% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students.
6.3% from 45 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
67

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
86.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
89.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
90.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
74%
Average Starting Salary
74%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 3%
Law 5%
Dentistry 0.5%
Arts and Sciences 6%
Medicine 2%
Veterinary Medicine 0.3%
Education 2%
Other 2%

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