Bucknell University

Bucknell University

Bucknell University was founded in 1846 as Lewisburg High School. In 1848, it became the Academical and Primary Department of the University at Lewisburg. The university campus covers more than 400 acres of land in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Bucknell University is also referred to as BU. The university records an enrollment of over 3,500 students per year. It attracts students from appoximately 50 countries all over the world. BU offers more than 50 majors and nearly 60 minors and is organized into several academic departments.

Bucknell University has an active Greek Life. There are nearly 200 student organizations recognized by the university. BU is enrolled in the Patriot League, Division I sports. Their football team is a member of Division I-AA. The sports teams are popularly known as the Bucknell Bisons, and their mascot is called Bucky Bison. The men's basketball team participated in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2005 and was the first Patriot League team to win an NCAA tournament game.

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Bucknell University
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Lewisburg , PA 17837
General Phone: (570) 577-2000

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Bucknell Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts330East Asian studies, Latin American studies, women's studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Engineering134biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Science133biology, biochemistry, animal behavior, chemistry, geology, physics
Business and Management130business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling62psychology, school psychology
Education and Teaching49education, curriculum and instruction, educational admin and supervision, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, music teaching
Computer Science and Engineering22computer and info science, computer engineering
Fine Arts16fine arts, art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management16environmental studies
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy, religion
Music4music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition
Art Studies3art studies
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Engineering Technician0environmental engineering tech

Number of programs and degrees for Bucknell in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree89853
Master's degree3517

Bucknell Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bucknell had a total enrollment of 3,677 students (3,611 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 45%
20-21 44%
22-24 5%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey16%
New York15%
(International Students)2%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%
West Virginia1%
New Hampshire1%
Rhode Island1%

Bucknell Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %

Bucknell Room and Board (2007)

Bucknell offers campus housing for 2,919 of its 3,611 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Bucknell Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal600680
SAT Math630710
SAT Writing610700
ACT Composite2731

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT80%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bucknell Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 39,652
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 39,652
Room and board $ 8,728
Room charge $ 4,912
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,816
Books and supplies $ 870
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Bucknell participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 323800)

Bucknell Faculty

Bucknell has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6353
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2726

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year61$114,65517$105,682
Associate professoracademic year74$84,11953$82,375
Assistant professoracademic year87$69,48774$67,661
Instructoracademic year0*3$48,580
All faculty totalacademic year222$86,775147$76,973

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bucknell Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Patriot League
Basketball Patriot League
Baseball Patriot League
Track Patriot League

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports177289

Bucknell Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Behavior and Ethology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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