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If you're coming to Bucknell from a distance, we want to help make your transition as smooth as possible. Find answers to your questions and links to campus resources in the information below.

  • Why Bucknell?  
  • Where do Bucknell students come from?
  • What is the campus like? What about the surrounding area?
  • How do I get to Bucknell?
  • How do I get around campus and the local area?
  • How will I get to know campus once I get there?
  • What's the weather like?
  • What are the residence halls like?
  • Where can I store my stuff?
  • What do I do during University breaks? 
  • How do I send and receive letters and packages?

Why Bucknell?


Los Angeles, Calif.

Nneoma Ibezim '18

 
"I know for sure that I'm interested in law school — I want a J.D. behind my name. I set my goals really high, which is scary, but also something I pride myself on."

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Woodstock, Ill.

Abby Kreznor ’18

 
"My dad pointed out that Bucknell had a great chemistry department at a small school, so it would be worth it to come take a tour. When I got to campus, I absolutely fell in love."

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Aurora, Colo.

Rileigh Casebolt ’18

 
"The engineering program led me to Bucknell initially, but the prospect of conducting research and working closely with professors as a Presidential Fellow really locked me in."

Read more about Rileigh
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What is the campus like? What about the surrounding area?

Bucknell’s campus combines beautiful historic red brick buildings with modern facilities and green spaces. You’ll have access to professional-grade instrumentation, advanced lab spaces, nearby field and internship sites, and state-of-the-art theatre and music facilities. It’s truly an inspiring setting whether you’re an aspiring writer, scientist, artist, entrepreneur, researcher, educator, humanitarian or engineer.

The town of Lewisburg, set along the Susquehanna River, has historical charm and just what you need including our Bucknell Barnes & Noble campus bookstore, shops, banks, restaurants, a movie theatre and other useful resources.

Take a Virtual Tour of Bucknell’s campus, Lewisburg and the surrounding area.
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How do I get to Bucknell?

You can take advantage of airport shuttles that go directly from your arrival airport to the center of campus.

Shuttles:

  • At the beginning and end of each semester airport shuttles are available to/from Harrisburg (MDT), Williamsport (IPT), Philadelphia (PHL), Baltimore (BWI) and New York (JFK only).
  • During Thanksgiving break and Spring break, airport shuttles are available to/from Harrisburg (MDT), Williamsport (IPT), Philadelphia (PHL), and Baltimore (BWI).
  • You will need to register online in advance to take any shuttle. Fees are charged to your student account.

Shuttles are also available for the Harrisburg train and bus stations.

Read more about shuttle times and reservations.

How do I get around campus and the local area?

Walking is the easiest way to get around campus. We provide accessibility and transportation to those who need it. The town of Lewisburg is within walking distance of campus, and Bucknell shuttles run throughout the day so you can get to the shops, restaurants, banks, movie theatre, campus bookstore and anything else you need in town.

Transportation options include:

  • Student Transit provides daily shuttles each hour that stop at upper and lower parts of campus, the Barnes & Noble Bucknell University Bookstore in downtown Lewisburg and Walmart.
  • On the weekend Campus Activities and Programs runs a shuttle to the Susquehanna Valley Mall.
  • Zip car sharing program.
  • For healthcare appointments off-campus, you can schedule transportation through the Student Medical Transport Service (schedule at least 24 hours in advance).

What's the weather like?

The weather here is all about seasons! When you arrive in August, it will likely be warm, summer-like weather (mostly 70's and 80's F or 21 to 26 C), with both sun and rain. Throughout the semester, the weather (and leaves!) change to autumn, which is cool and crisp (mostly 50's and 60's F or 10 to 15 C) and then into winter, with colder temperatures and the possibility of snow (mostly 30's and 40's F or 1 to 4 C).

After winter break, which runs from mid-December to mid-January, there will be a few months of winter weather that includes snow that comes and goes depending on the year (mostly 20's and 30's F or -6 to -1 C) until spring arrives, when everything blooms beautifully and layers are shed (mostly 50’s and 60’s F or 10 to 15 C). Our semester ends in early May.

What are the residence halls like?

You will live in one of six first-year residence halls. Most of these have double rooms (there are some singles and triples), so you will have a roommate. The Housing Services office provides detailed descriptions of first-year residence halls.

Within these halls, you will also have the option of choosing a first-year living and learning community called Residential Colleges. These allow you to live and take a class with students who have similar interests.

What do I do during University breaks?

Official University vacation periods include fall, winter and spring breaks. Most students leave campus during vacation periods, but if a you need to stay, the following applies:

  • During fall, Thanksgiving and spring breaks you must register with Housing Services to be able to stay on campus.
  • During winter break, students must vacate their residence halls within 24 hours of their last final examination or by the Friday after final exams, whichever comes first. Only students who have been approved for housing during this break will be permitted in the residence halls (sports teams, academic requirements, international students, etc.).
  • Dining Service has limited hours as posted. 

How do I send and receive letters and packages?

There is a United States Post Office sub-station on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (student center). Stamps, money orders, express mail, certified mail, registered mail, etc. are available there.

For incoming first year students, larger packages can arrive anytime after Saturday, Aug. 1. Mail is delivered to the student mailroom located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

All mail should be addressed as follows:

Student’s full name (first and last)
Bucknell University
701 Moore Ave., C - #### (exact number assigned later)
Lewisburg, PA 17837

During the summer before your arrival, you will receive a letter that provides your exact box address. The C and the 4-digit number assure proper sorting and delivery through the U.S. Postal Service. Do not use your residence hall name or room number.

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