Bucknell was by far the smallest, and in the most remote location. It was also, one of the best, if not the best school that I was accepted into.
i ask some people if they've ever considered transferring from the Buck and why
some students discuss things about the buck that they think prospective students don't already know
Here's what Laura Denbow, an Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Career Services, has to say about succeeding academically and enjoying yourself at college
Ok, so maybe Bucknell has some kinks in it, but If there’s one thing to Love about Bucknell, it’s the veracity of the student body’s willingness to enjoy themselves a good PARTY. Second to the “white middle class” stereotype, it is the most well known thing about Bucknell. Students here know how to work hard and play hard. This is an exceedingly good quality in a college, considering you want to have the best possible college years in terms of fun and excitement, but you also want to become distinguished scholars in your respective fields (aka graduate with a good degree)- and at Bucknell, you can do both! It is also the single most unifying quality at Bucknell. No matter what issues the student body may have, a good party seems to bring the community together better than anything. A prime example of this is what we call “house party weekend”. On this amazing weekend, and for one weekend only, everyone on campus is allowed to drink without repercussions.. ANYONE! And everyone can get into any frat they want to. There are live bands, and free food, beer, beer, oh and there is beer. Basically, everyone is everyone’s best friend on this booze fest weekend. Other things to realize incoming freshmen, girls- you will get in basically anywhere you want (frats), and guys will get in nowhere. This is only freshman year though guys. So you just have to stick it out for one year when you can rush (which I will talk about next). Before that though, I know the guys on my freshman hall seemed to get by with weekly drunken bashes in their room.
Bucknell is an amazing institution with state-of-the-art facilities and top professors. Most of the students are very intelligent and hard-working, though there are the exceptions--certain students who came only by athletic scholarship, for instance. As a conservative Asian American girl who doesn't like to party, I have found my niche here, and I think almost anyone else can do so, too, if they just put in some effort. I love that I can get a great education along with an amazing social life, and with both I've been able to mature as a person. Bucknell certainly has its flaws, but its strengths more than outweigh them for me.
The reality is Bucknell is full of smart people who don't care to get that much smarter. I longed for a school with a vibrant intellectual culture where students were asking probing questions about life in the classroom and at the bar. At Bucknell, there are few such people. At Bucknell, students bring few probing questions to the classroom and the professors accept well-done, yet intellectually lifeless papers. You can graduate from Bucknell without once having an original thought. At the bar or other social times, there are not wide ranging discussions about world events, politics, and culture. Instead, there is massive drinking. I longed for a group of people who are curious about topics of import and substance. I found few such people. If you want to come to Bucknell to be intellectually stimulated, you'll be disappointed. Go to the Swarthmore's of the world. If you want to work hard (ie. turn in dull, yet well-written papers, and receive faculty praise) and then play hard (ie. drink hard), you'll be quite happy.
People are very smart and sociable.
It's stunning and work is well balanced with play
BeBucknell has a beautiful campus, large-scale greek life, and world class professors. Also, it has great atheltic buildings and a warm surrounding small town. Class sizes are small, which is good because you know your professors on a personal level. Rather than at a large school where lecture halls can have 600 students and you're just a number.
Nothing; most of the schools I looked at were fairly similar
I love how Bucknell integrates the students. Whether the difference is class year, activity involvement, interest, or major, every student is truly able to feel and have a stake in, an overall campus feeling of unity. The fact that Bucknell does such a great job of integrating its students allows for students to influence and learn from other students and facilitates an extremely positive college experience.
The campus is amazing. It would be hard to find a prettier place to go to class. Most of the dorms are also pretty good. Most students live on campus, and although most of the buildings are nice, there is nothing really special about them. There is a small set of apartment style living basically for some seniors, and otherwise there is nothing really special. Room selection is always insane, because everyone wants to get the best they can and there are so few special things available. The food use to be good, but now its getting old. There are limited campus dining options, and you're pretty much required to have a meal plan. All the food is ridiculously expensive.
Engineering is pretty hard. You have to work hard and it sucks when you are not that smart(my case) But its doable. Other majors are a piece of cake.
Bucknell is amazing!!! The only drawback I can possibly think of is its cost.
The Lewisburg Freez has amazing ice cream, if you're coming here as a prospective student you can definitely go visit it!
Go, if you want a good liberal arts education. Go if you think frat/sorority life suits you. Don't, if you want to meet people who are genuine. Don't, if you're miserable if further than half an hour away from a Starbucks (that's the closest one).
Bucknell is the most fantastic college that I could imagine and even though I certainly don't fit into the "norm" here, I couldn't be happier
i think that most of the students who are here don't know how lucky they ARE to be here.
and how good the food is compared to other places...
I hate President Mitchell.
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