Life at Bucknell

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Bucknell is a place where you'll do more than learn what others have already discovered.

You'll try out new interests and uncover talents you didn't know you had. Meet interesting people who share your passions and others who will flip your worldview in ways you could never imagine. Follow your curiosity to its limits, and make discoveries and breakthroughs that make a difference to your campus, community and even the world.

And you'll do it all on your schedule, in a place where discovery doesn't stop when class ends.

Welcome to our living-learning community. Welcome to Bucknell.

Students arriving at Matriculation Ceremony

Where It All Begins

Starting with New Student Orientation, your first days at Bucknell immerse you in scholarship, tradition and learning what it means to become a member of the campus community. You may find a new hobby, discover a new academic interest and make bonds with your fellow Bucknellians.

First-year experience

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Live, Learn, Explore

Great discoveries don't just happen in our labs and classrooms. Inspiration sparks in the conversations that continue late into the evening and in our hundreds of clubs and organizations, where you can pursue your passions and discover new ones. It's found on the field, on the job, while studying abroad and in all the other amazing places you'll go when you let your curiosity be your guide.

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Open Up Your Experience

Our commitment to diversity and sustainability isn't about what we say — it's about what we do. Here, you'll travel beyond your comfort zone, experience new cultures, meet interesting people and actively participate in creating a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.

Bucknell Magazine 2023 Spring Cover

Bucknell Magazine


To be prosperous, sustainable and equitable, cities of the future will require social and technological innovation. In this issue, you'll meet Bucknell alumni who are identifying and conquering ultramodern urban challenges. Learn how Detroit’s chief of infrastructure is reenvisioning transportation in the Motor City, why hyperlocal policies are the key to community prosperity and the ways infrastructure can hinder a city’s most vulnerable residents.