A social security number is given to American citizens at birth. It is a number that will later be used for financial and employment reasons. The social security number has become a form of identification.
It is necessary to have a Social Security number to be employed on campus. To obtain a driver's license you will also need a social security number and most banks will require it as well.
You will have the opportunity to apply for a Social Security number during International Student Orientation.
Nearest Social Security Office
150 SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY MALL DR
SELINSGROVE, PA 17870
Their telephone number is 1-800-772-1213. ISS can provide you with transportation to the Social Security Office. You must bring your passport and form I-20 or DS-2019, there is no charge. If you are in J-1 or F-1 status you must bring a letter from ISS that authorizes you for on-campus employment at Bucknell University.
Directions from Lewisburg: take Route 15 South to Selinsgrove (about 20 minutes). Just past the Susquehanna Valley Mall, turn right onto Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive. The Social Security Office will be on the right.