Though a liberal arts college, Bucknell also boasts strong engineering, science, and business programs. Students must take courses in the core curriculum, including a lab science, a foreign language, and math. Classes, all taught by faculty, not graduate students, tend to be small.
Bucknell has one of the nation’s highest graduation rates. Fully 90% of freshmen finish in four years. Players on the school’s Division I teams excel as well. The 93% graduation rate for athletes is among the nation’s highest. Post-graduation, Bucknell students do well on the job market, making 12% more on average than graduates from similar institutions.
At this historic tree-filled campus on a branch of the Susquehanna River, Greek life dominates, as most students belong to a fraternity or sorority. Every January, Bucknell freshmen celebrate First Night to mark the end of their first semester. At the event, students present their newly designed class crest and serenade the university president at his home.