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
3,597
Undergraduate
Students
(51.0%) 1,835 Women
(49.0%) 1,762 Men
71
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
33% of 10,144 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.56
SAT Math
630-730 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
657 average
620-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$75,800
Tuition and Fees
$58,196
Room and Board
$14,174
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Freshman Award
$37,500
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$31,087
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
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
92% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bison
Sororities
56% of women participate
Fraternities
48% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.1% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.7% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students
6.8% from 50 countries
First-Year Students Returning
92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
84.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
74%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
17.0%
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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 Considered if submitted February 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
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
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
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
33% of 10,144 applicants were admitted
Women
35% of 4,913 applicants were admitted
Men
31% of 5,231 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
973 (29%) of 3,352 admitted students enrolled
Women
515 (30%) of 1,744 admitted students enrolled
Men
459 (29%) of 1,608 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
56% of 719 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
2,726
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,188
Students Admitted From Wait List
78

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.56
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
630-730 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
44%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
15%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
657 average
620-690 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
24%
Score of 600 - 700
65%
Score of 500 - 600
11%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
61%
Score of 24 - 29
36%
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: 58%
Top quarter: 85%
Top half: 98%
National Merit Scholar
1%
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$75,800
Tuition and Fees
$58,196
Room and Board
$14,174
Books and Supplies
$900
Other Expenses
$2,530
Payment Plans
Prepayment 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 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
567 (57.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
408 (73.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
408 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Award
$37,500
Need-Based Gift
Received by 353 (69.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,000
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 408 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,100
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 115 (21.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
74 (7.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,017

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,554 (39.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,343 (86.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,343 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Award
$34,500
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,271 (93.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $31,600
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,343 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,100
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 366 (24.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
345 (11.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,442

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
46%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$31,087
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
5.0%
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
301
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
100
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
116
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

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, 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 Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • 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
  • Voice and Opera
  • 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 for most or all students
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
38
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
90%
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
1,572,712
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1038
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 Education, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Master of Science, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Master's Programs of Study

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Education--General
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • 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
92% 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
 
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
 

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  
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x   x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x   x x
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x 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    
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x  
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x 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, golf, 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, 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, french club, catholic campus ministries
Sororities
56% of women participate
Fraternities
48% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,597
Women
1,835 (51.0%)
Men
1,762 (49.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,581
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.1% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.7% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students.
6.8% from 50 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
71

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
84.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
87.9%
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
17.0%
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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