Most students are involved in campus activities. It's easy to find something that you're interested in, or you could always start your own club. Diversity is kind of an issue still at Bucknell, though not as much as it was a few years ago. Most people are Caucasian so minorities might feel out of place. The majority of students come from the east coast, though there are a bunch from California and other midwest and west coast states too.
The Lewisburg Freez has amazing ice cream, if you're coming here as a prospective student you can definitely go visit it!
Bucknell is in fact a preppy school. Popped collars are not uncommon and polos and Uggs are quite abundant, but generally the fashion at Bucknell is pretty safe. Bucknell was recently named number 3 most expensive school in the US, but many students receive generous financial aid packages.
The professors at Bucknell are wonderful! Most of them are available for outside help, the classes are pretty small too so you can get one-on-one time with your professor. Class participation is usually a must. The average Bucknellian has a "work hard, play hard" attitude in regards to the academic/social life balance. You definitely have to study to do well, but that's just college in general. Bucknell has a great alumni base which is great for networking for jobs and things like that, but Bucknell's recruiting benefits mostly for the engineering and finance industries.
People form their group of friends during their freshman year. Most of my friends I met on my freshman hall, but I also have friends that I met through some of my clubs and through other friends. If I'm up late at night on a weekday, I'm probably either doing homework or talking to friends. This past weekend, there was a showcase for the Latino Dance Corner, where they had student and professional Latin dance performances. Following that I went to a date party with my sorority. I never pictured myself as a "sorority" girl, but it's really just a great support system and a good way to make new friends. Some non-alcoholic events that people can do on the weekends is going to see performers such as comedians or magicians or playing Bingo (which is actually fun because you can win lots of great prizes) or seeing a live music performance at 7th St. Cafe. They also have Uptown, Bucknell's nightclub, which has local and sometimes big bands perform there too occassionally. Houseparty is probably Bucknell's biggest and most exciting weekend at Bucknell. It usually takes place in the beginning of April and consists of an entire weekend of partying, with every fraternity open to all students. You can even see the academic deans and professors cooking hot dogs and burgers on the street.
People think that Bucknell is a preppy school populated by rich kids.
My favorite things about Bucknell are the scenery and the people. Bucknell has a gorgeous campus in Spring - Fall, but winter is not so amazing. I wanted to go to a small school, but since Lewisburg is in a small town in the middle of Pennsylvania, the combination makes for a slightly dry social life. That is why most people go "Greek" at Bucknell (around 50% of students!). It also explains why people party and drink so much - cause there really isn't much else to do! Most of my time is spent with my friends doing whatever: Usually going to dinner downtown or hanging out in someone's dorm or going to 7th St. Cafe. Like I mentioned before, there isn't much exciting in Lewisburg, so it's nice to make friends with someone who has a car so you can get off campus once in awhile. The basketball team at Bucknell did really well in the 2006-2007 season, so school pride was pretty high! The games are always fun! Another memorable experience at Bucknell is the candlelight service in December. It is held in Rooke Chapel and they have a choir and bell ringers. Most things at this school are overpriced. Go into the bookstore and you'll find batteries three times the price of what you could find at a local store. Even in the cafeteria or "Bison" the cheapest meals usually come out to around $8 and the food does not taste that amazing.