Bucknell University - Comments and Student Experiences|
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.
But the social atmosphere is at the level of middle school, with an overabundance of over-entitled, judgmental east coast people who would be challenged to correctly locate states and cities west of Pennsylvania on a map.
There is little diversity, and many students are openly racist and narrow minded, as they unapologetically make remarks denigrating people who are different from them, including blacks and people from foreign countries. After a few years, it becomes a stifling, mind numbing atmosphere of privilege gone wrong.