Bucknell University, located next to the West Branch Susquehanna River in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania, is a private liberal arts university founded in 1846. It is near Harrisburg and Williamsport, PA, whose quaint downtown was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Bucknell is primarily an undergraduate school with approximately thirty-five thousand students, however one-hundred and fifty graduate students study there as well. The University has two Divisions, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering.
Bucknell is best known for Engineering, Management, Education, Music, Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine. The school has fifty majors and more than sixty minors. They do not offer any distance learning courses at this time. Undergraduate students can pursue degrees in Natural Resources and Conservation, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Computer and Information Sciences, Latin American Studies, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communications Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Russian Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Creative Writing, Humanistic Studies, Biochemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Economics, Visual and Performing Arts, International Relations and Affairs, Business, Management and Marketing. The most acclaimed degree programs include Economics, Business Administration and Management, Psychology, English and Biology.
Forbes gave Bucknell a ranking of forty-sixth in America’s Best Colleges. The admissions process into the College is a competitive one, with approximately thirty-percent of applicants gaining acceptace. The College places strong emphasis on career placement, and in 2008 over ninety-five percent of graduates found immediate work. Every class at Bucknell is taught by an actual professor and not a graduate student or teaching assistant. The professors are highly recognized academics in their field who regularly receive awards and grants. Students are challenged to intensive research and community oriented projects falling outside of the regular scope of the classroom, which contributes to their easy transition into the workplace upon graduation.
Students are encouraged to study outside of their discipline to gain a well-rounded understanding of the world and their place in it, so engineers can take art classes, and artists are encouraged to take some science courses. Interdisciplinary studies and community involvement are part of the school’s core ethics and values. Outside of the classroom there are many activities students can participate in such as Division I Athletics, intramural sports, and a diverse Greek life. Bucknell has over one-hundred and fifty student run organizations ranging from environmentalism to performance poetry, political affiliations to pottery making. The school brings in many well-known speakers on a weekly basis and emphasizes the larger global community we live in. Students are encouraged to engage in service projects in nearby nursing homes, and non-profit organizations. Bucknell Alumni are extraordinarily prepared for the diversity and the challenges found in the workplace because of their excellent academic training, but also due to the emphasis on community and participation.
The combined tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 academic school year is $42,342, and financial aid is available through Federal Aid, Scholarships and Grants. It is in the higher price range for an undergraduate education, but with its job placement statistics and its total dedication to the student body’s quality of education, it could be very well worth it, particularly if one plans to pursue Engineering.