Bucknell University

One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-1101
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

In 1846, Bucknell University was founded by Baptists under the name of the University at Lewisburg. The university took on its current name in 1886 after a generous donation from benefactor William Bucknell kept the school afloat through difficult financial times. Today, Bucknell University is a highly selective private institution with 3,500 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students from across the nation and the world. All classes at Bucknell are taught by faculty, and almost 97% of the university’s faculty members hold a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Bucknell is also notable for having women representing 27% of its engineering students, and for the large number of students who participate in its study-abroad program. The university emphasizes both liberal arts and professional programs.

Programs Offered

Bucknell University offers a wide range of undergraduate majors through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, and College of Engineering. Arts and sciences majors are diverse, and include chemistry, comparative humanities, geography, mathematics, neuroscience, political science, and women’s and gender studies. Management majors include accounting and financial management; global management; managing for sustainability; management for engineers; and markets, innovation, and design. Engineering majors include biomedical, chemical, electrical, and computer engineering, as well as other options. The university also offers graduate studies, such as the Master of Arts in chemistry, English, and mathematics; a Master of Science in animal behavior, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and psychology; and a Master of Science in Education in college student personnel, school psychology, or administration (superintendency). Finally, the university offers Master of Science degrees in chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.


Bucknell University has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Education since 1921. The university also holds specialized accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation.


Admission into Bucknell University is competitive. Bucknell considers academic achievement, talent, good character, leadership abilities, and writing abilities when assessing applications. Prospective students begin the application process by completing the Common Application and paying the application fee. Applicants must then complete the Bucknell Supplemental Application and ensure that their guidance counselor or principal receives the school report forms. The guidance counselor or principal must send the university the applicant’s high school transcript and midyear report. Applicants must also send in their official SAT or ACT scores and one teacher recommendation. Those applying to the university’s music program will need to arrange for a live audition before the music department. Students applying to graduate programs at Bucknell must have maintained a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, taken the GRE and have a minimum combined score of 1,000, and meet individual department requirements.

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