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Apr 10 2014Biology
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Overall, this school is all about what you make of it. The "stereotypical" Bucknellian is white, rich, and arrogant, but there is so much more to this campus than that, you just have to let yourself find it.

All of the academics here are completely top notch, this is the sort of university that only attracts professors who are brilliant and are interesting in teaching more than doing research. It's easy to get involved in research and to work with faculty.Also, Greek Life is enormous here. Like, enormous. I thought I was never going to join a fraternity, and what do you know, I did. I firmly believe that there is an organization for everyone on this campus, regardless of how you may feel about the idea of going Greek.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
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Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: D+
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Sep 18 2013Engineering Department
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Bucknell is a great college experience!! Most importantly they make sure you graduate in 4 years and get a good job after.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
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Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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Bucknell is definitely a name recognition school that attracts a lot of "ambitious/competitive" kids. Unfortunately I would not characterize it as being an "Intellectually" ambitious culture. It is more of a "Socially" ambitious/competitive culture.

Being in the middle of nowhere has a detrimental effect on the school. Without other outlets in the surrounding communities or towns students have no alternative but to pour all their energy into a one-dimensional social scene. That leads to an excessive use of alcohol and drugs on campus. Maybe it has changed since I was there but the habits were absolutely reckless.

I realize all colleges have this to a certain extent but when the frat scene is literally the ONLY outlet for a highly-driven student body it devolves into an exceedingly unhealthy subculture - one that is the exact opposite of what a well-rounded intelligent person would hope to get from a higher-education experience. Forget about character-building, you are more likely to be more inconsiderate and juvenile when you leave than when you arrived.


I will say that the name "Bucknell" has helped me in my career. But then again, many "top school" names could have also done the same. If small-circle social ambition and getting mind-blowingly wasted are more of your drive than intellectual development and personal growth you may find Bucknell to be your place - certainly a good number of people do. But if you are looking for a well-rounded higher education experience with some diverse experiences and opportunities to stretch your character, I would highly recommend going somewhere else.

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