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Bucknell University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 20 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Patriot League

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $91,482)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $66,010)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 68 92 - -
Baseball 26 - Yes -
Basketball 14 13 - Yes
Field Hockey - 25 Yes -
Football 86 - - -
Golf 11 7 - -
Lacrosse 42 31 Yes -
Rowing - 44 Yes -
Soccer 27 29 Yes Yes
Softball - 21 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 26 33 - -
Tennis 8 12 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 18 Yes Yes
Water Polo 17 17 - Yes
Wrestling 34 - - -
Badminton - - - Yes
Beach Volleyball - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes Yes
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.9%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.9%
Hispanic 3.4%
Non-resident alien 3.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.2%
Two or more races 1.8%
White/non-Hispanic 81.0%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 4
Liquor Law Violation 32
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 9

Notable Alumni

  • Peter Balakian, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for poetry recipient
  • Marissa Calhoun , Field Producer for the Emmy Nominated CNN Heroes
  • Jane Elfers, President and CEO of The Childrenâ??s Place
  • Makoto Fujimura, Painter, author, speaker, Former Presidential Appointee to the National Council on the Arts
  • Sunil Gulati, Economist and President of the U.S. Soccer Federation
  • Jessica Jackley, Co-Founder of
  • Doug Lebda, Founder and CEO of
  • Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children
  • David Scadden Physician, Co-Founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute
  • Bill Westenhofer, Two-time Academy Award winner for Life of Pi and The Golden Compass
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Cheyanna from Corona, CA
  • 4
  • I am in CHOICE housing, which is substance-free, meaning no alcohol or drugs allowed. I am very happy with this program and would definitely recommend it. In CHOICE, you don't…

  • Dec-28-2012 Read More
  • Jane
  • 4
  • It really depends on where you live. Underclassmen dorms like Larison cottage, Vedder, Smith, and McDonnell are decent. Others like Swartz and Harris are disgusting.…

  • Jun-13-2013 Read More
  • Bridget from Milford, CT
  • 4
  • Almost all of the dorms have AC. They are all pretty spacious, and everything on campus is in easy walking distance--it only takes about 8 minutes to walk from…

  • Jul-18-2012 Read More
  • Tiffany from East Falls, PA
  • 1
  • I live in Vedder, the dorm for drunken types. It is difficult to get work done, sleep, enjoy a tv show, or facetime while people are pregaming. Everyone assumes you…

  • Oct-29-2016 Read More
  • A Senior Guy
  • 5
  • Almost every dorm is air conditioned and have more than enough room for students. There are a few older dorms that are still being updated, but the vast majority…

  • Jan-08-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Anna
  • Dec-18-2017 I am a current student here

    There's not a lot of variety and there's fast food-esque options in the upperclassmen food plans but it's not completely awful. Recently, the dining areas are becoming more eco- friendly by getting rid of the plastic take out containers and using brown paper bags (the plastic ones are brought out when it's raining/snowing).

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  • 1
  • Tiffany from East Falls, PA
  • Oct-29-2016 I am a current student here

    I hate the food, but my peers love it. My hometown is an area known for great food and stellar restaurants. I firmly believe in freshness and quality. A big part of the problem is the preparation. The dining hall employees are not the cleanest in their habits such as improper food handling and cross contamination. The pasta is wet, the marinara is watery, the frozen veggies are cooked to death, and many things are cheese based. I go to nearby chain restaurants or order takeout. My meal plan, fortunately, is covered by aid, so I am not wasting my family's money. The local Starbucks and the coffee at Barnes and Noble "powered by Starbucks" are a waste of money. The student employees simply do not have the skill set to brew a proper cup of coffee. This area is so antiquated that the soft serve ice cream shop, the Freez, is spelled without an "e" on the end. The missing "e" must represent the missing flavor. On the other hand, Sweet Frog's froyo is good.

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  • 3
  • Kiarra from Claremont, CA
  • Aug-11-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    It's okay, the town is small so there aren't many options. I didn't get a chance to eat in the cafeteria, but I've heard good things, just that it gets old after a while.

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  • 4
  • Jane
  • Jun-13-2013 I am a current student here

    The caf has a huge variety of food, but it's the same stuff everyday.

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  • 4
  • Cheyanna from Corona, CA
  • Dec-28-2012 I am a current student here

    I've been told that Bucknell provides one of the best food services. It can't compare to eating at home, but as far as college fare goes, it's tops. It's open 24/7 though so beware of the Freshman 15+. Plus the milkshakes at 7th Street are a must.

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  • 4
  • Juliana from Falls Church, VA
  • Dec-26-2012 I am a current student here

    The food at Bucknell is fine. I personally enjoy the salad bar and make elaborate salads to add variety to my meals. I try and shy away from the pizza and heavy pastas on campus.

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  • 4
  • VR
  • Oct-24-2012 I am a current student here

    The caf is always good food with a pretty decent variety. The Bison is mostly where upperclassmen eat and it is also great food and great service.

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  • 4
  • Mikayla from Brooksville, FL
  • Aug-25-2012 I am a current student here

    The cafe is wonderful! It is all you can eat whenever you want. As a freshman you are assigned an unlimited cafe plan. Fresh food and many choices are available all the time!

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  • 4
  • Kristen from Centerport, NY
  • Aug-08-2012 I am a current student here

    Dining Services is actually remarkably on point with cleanliness and quality. You can get anything from burgers to sandwiches to sushi at Bucknell's diverse dining hall. Check out off campus eateries like Zelda's or Maya's for a small cafe and great study environment.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Anna
  • Dec-18-2017 I am a current student here

    Can't join until your sophomore year. This year, the "top tier" ones are KKG, AXO and AXiD/ DG. The campus is pretty heavy with greek life, however it's not a must.

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  • 0
  • Kiarra from Claremont, CA
  • Aug-11-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    This school has a huge Greek life with a delayed rush--you can't participate until you're a Sophomore, which is nice because it gives you a chance to adjust to college life and to discover what Greek life is all about for those of us who aren't so sure.

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  • 0
  • Cheyanna from Corona, CA
  • Dec-28-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life definitely exists in Bucknell, but I don't think that detracts at all from the social scene. I suppose guys feel more pressure to join a frat or athletic team if they want to be part of the party scene, but girls can flit in and out of the party scene regardless of whether or not they are in a sorority.

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  • 0
  • VR
  • Oct-24-2012 I am a current student here

    This is huge at Bucknell. You are most likely the minority if you are not involved in Greek life. I am not in Greek life but I am an athlete. Not being involved with the Greek life has not really had any effect on me. You can still have a great time, but if you do want to go greek, Bucknell is the right place!

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  • 0
  • Kristen from Centerport, NY
  • Aug-08-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life, as I have said, is a staple to Bucknell's social scene. Be prepared to join a fraternity or sorority. If not, clubs and sports team will provide you with a social outlet.

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  • 0
  • Elizabeth
  • Jul-20-2012 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The frats make partying fun! Plus, the fraternity and sorority houses are pretty nice....they kinda look like mansions!

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  • 0
  • Bridget from Milford, CT
  • Jul-18-2012 I am a current student here

    About 70-75% of the students at Bucknell are in a fraternity or sorority. It goes without saying, then, that Greek life here is HUGE. The fraternities have their own houses, while the sororities live in one sorority mansion as we like to call it. All of the frats and sororities are extremely close to one another, and often host parties and campus events together. If you want to join an organization that does good things for others and also provides you with a support system and family here, then Greek life is for you.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Jul-10-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is extremely prominent at Bucknell. While joining a fraternity or sorority is not something you have to do to have fun, it does open a lot of doors and give you a lot of opportunities. It is a great way to meet people, and because you cannot rush until your sophomore year you are still able to meet people outside of your organization.

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