History & Traditions

Since 1846, Bucknell University has pushed the boundaries of undergraduate education and actively shaped the world outside Lewisburg. It's a tradition that continues today, with our distinct mix of liberal arts and professional programs giving students almost unlimited options to pursue their intellectual interests and passions.

We're also proud that we've fostered a diverse, inclusive, supportive academic community throughout our history. From the opening of our Female Institute in 1852 to our first international student's graduation in 1864 to our first African American student's graduation in 1875, we've been opening doors to education from our earliest days.

Bucknell Turns 175

From our beginning in 1846 to today, Bucknell students have written a story of liberal arts breakthroughs, awe-inspiring innovation and world-changing discovery. As we celebrate our 175th birthday, explore how we got here — and where we’re going.

The History of Bucknell University

Annual Events & Traditions

The Alma Mater, “Dear Bucknell”

Sheet music of the Alma Mater

The Burma-Bucknell Connection

Bucknell's long connection with the Southeast Asian nation dates to the enrollment of Maung Shaw Loo at the University at Lewisburg in 1858.

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Bucknell’s First African American Graduate

Edward McKnight Brawley, Class of 1875, was a minister, religious scholar journalist and president of Selma University and Moore College.

Discover how Brawley's legacy lives on at Bucknell today