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Bucknell University

Bucknell University

Bucknell University boasts a close-knit campus community nestled in the heart of a historic college town along the banks of the beautiful Susquehanna River. The borough of Lewisburg (pop. 5,800) is located in central Pennsylvania and features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre, charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region, and the cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School has ranked as one of the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania on SAT scores for 12 consecutive years, was recognized as a Best Community for Music Education for nine consecutive years, and consistently earns recognition for excellence in many other areas.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate academic and athletic facilities. Through extensive residential life and learning programs, students develop leadership skills, cultural competencies, and career and life skills that prepare them to become globally minded citizens of the 21st century. Student life is vibrant with more than 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work. Students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell University exists to encourage transformative curiosity to enable the purposeful pursuit of success in today’s world and beyond. The immersive residential experience we offer is essential to our students’ success, as is the opportunity to pursue their passions in all three of our colleges — the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering and the Freeman College of Management.

Founded in 1846, Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. In our classrooms and across our living-learning community, deeply engaged faculty challenge students to push themselves intellectually, grow personally and discover their passions.

Through the experiences and opportunities we offer, students make lifelong connections and join a strong alumni network — one that stands ready to help fellow Bucknellians forge meaningful paths to personal and professional success.

Employers in the Susquehanna Valley area include leaders in healthcare, education and manufacturing. Health care employers include Evangelical Hospital, Geisinger Health System, Albright Care Services and Danville State Hospital. In addition to Bucknell University, education employers include Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, Lycoming College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State University, Susquehanna University and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. Manufacturing employers include ConAgra Foods Inc, Merck & Co., Playworld Systems Inc., Ritz-Craft Corp. and Wood-Mode Inc.


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Diversity Profile: Bucknell University

Bucknell University's unwavering commitment to diversity in all its forms is carried out within a civil, supportive, and nurturing environment of open exchange.

Bucknell University, an EEO Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

“Enhance Diversity” is one of the five pillars of Bucknell University’s 2006 strategic plan. Building on this, in April 2014 Bucknell launched a five-year strategic plan for diversity, developed by the President’s Diversity Council in consultation with the broader campus community. This plan reflects the university’s commitment to strengthening its diversity efforts and outcomes.

Diversity Vision

Diversity is one of Bucknell's core values. In developing and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community, we respect and engage across difference. We face and respond thoughtfully to difficult questions. We build bridges and establish relationships. Individually and collectively we critically examine and challenge our biases, assumptions, institutional structures and worldviews. We understand and seek to mitigate inequities, and grow—intellectually and personally—through meaningful diversity experiences.

Diversity Statement

Bucknell University’s diversity efforts broaden and deepen our personal and intellectual horizons, preparing all of us as students, staff and faculty to make thoughtful, responsible contributions as individuals, community members and professionals in a diverse, globally integrated world.

An essential component of Bucknell’s commitment to academic excellence is our commitment to fostering an inclusive, diverse campus community. Bucknell’s understanding of diversity is broad-based, emphasizing the identity and experiences of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, and encompassing age, class, culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, immigration status, national origin, race, religion and spirituality, sex and sexual identity, among others. We affirm that diverse experiences and perspectives in the classroom and across campus enhance everyone’s educational experience.

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender

The Bucknell Griot Institute for Africana Studies

International Student Services

The Office of LGBTQ Resources and the Bucknell University LGBTQ Community Center

Multicultural Student Services

The Women’s Resource Center

The Office of Disability Services

Spiritual and Religious Life

Over 150 clubs and organizations at Bucknell give students a chance to become involved and make friends with others who share their same interests. A wide range of student organizations exist on campus - from music and theatre groups to service clubs to academic societies, providing many leadership opportunities for students.

Visit the IN Network for find out about Bucknell's Cultural/Diversity Organizations.

View a short presentation about the area. In and around Lewisburg, you'll find city amenities of fine dining, art galleries and shops. Outdoor enthusiasts love the fishing, cycling, hiking and kayaking opportunities available throughout the region. The sites below have additional information on area activities.

Dual Career Program

Bucknell recognizes that it is increasingly important to consider the employment needs of spouses and partners. Spousal and partner employment is a vital consideration in attracting and retaining the best faculty and staff. The Dual Career Program provides informational assistance to those seeking employment.


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Jobs at Bucknell University

  • Financial Aid Assistant

  • Lewisburg, PA
  • Financial Aid Assistant Job no: 496300 Position type: full-time Location: Lewisburg, PA Categories: Enrollment - Admissions & Financial Aid Th

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  • Freeman College of Management, The Perricelli Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurial Finance

  • Lewisburg, PA
  • Freeman College of Management, The Perricelli Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurial Finance Job no: 496299 Position type: full-time Location: Lewisbu

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  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Neurobiologist

  • Lewisburg, PA
  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Neurobiologist Job no: 496292 Position type: full-time Location: Lewisburg, PA Categories: Biology The Biology

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Bucknell University Announcements

Hires and Promotions
  • Jermaine Truax

    Director of athletics and recreation

    Date Announced: April 19, 2018
  • Karl Voss

    Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

    Date Announced: January 22, 2018
  • Kevin Mathes

    Dean of admissions

    Date Announced: August 24, 2017
  • Raquel Alexander

    Kenneth W. Freeman Professor and Dean of the College of Management

    Date Announced: December 20, 2016
  • Patrick Mather

    Dean, College of Engineering

    Date Announced: May 4, 2016


Latest announcements from our capital campaign database for Bucknell University.

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End Date:
Top priority:
Student aid and academic endowments
Goal: $500,000,000
Raised to Date: $513,000,000
Type: Capital Campaigns
Year Given:
Primary Purpose:
Student aid
Amount Given: $30,000,000
Type: Largest Gift

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