Bucknell University: Narrative Description

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Lewisburg, PA 17837
Tel: (570)577-2000
Admissions: (570)577-1101
Fax: (570)577-3760
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.bucknell.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1846. Setting: 445-acre small town campus. Endowment: $429.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,591 per student. Total enrollment: 3,609. Faculty: 322 (300 full-time, 22 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 8,324 applied, 36% were admitted. 64% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 99% from top half. Full-time: 3,420 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 34 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 41 other countries, 68% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 88% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American University, Philadelphia Center, Woods Hole Marine Laboratories. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2. Preference given to children of alumni.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,660 includes full-time tuition ($32,592), mandatory fees ($196), and college room and board ($6872). College room only: $3670. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3725 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 135 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 51% of eligible men and 51% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Outing Club, C.A.L.V.I.N. & H.O.B.B.E.S., Activities Council, Catholic Campus Ministries. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Greek Weekend, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, well-lit pathways, self-defense education, safety/security orientation. College housing designed to accommodate 2,720 students; 2,792 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library plus 2 others with 793,936 books, 4,750 microform titles, 7,191 serials, 19,671 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.7 million. 620 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lewisburg, population 8,100, is the county seat and the commercial center of a prosperous farming area. Some industries in the city produce textiles, furniture, business forms, and electronic materials. Some part-time employment is available.

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