| Sort By:
|Not so bright|
| As a senior, my opinion of Bucknell has changed a lot. My freshman year was a blast. My sophomore year so-so. My junior year I spent abroad. And my senior year was miserable.|
Academically, I wouldn't describe most students as being particularly intellectual. I would definitely agree that in general, they are bright but that's as far as it goes. Bucknell is definitely not Reed College, but frankly, it would be nice if many Bucknell students cared more about their learning. I have had several classes that are nice and cozy, but honestly, most of the time, only about 4-5 people out of 12 the whole semester participate substantially. There are some people, who seriously don't think about what they're saying and other people want to roll their eyes.
The professors are great, but some of the less difficult professors, unless they teach core classes, are very lenient because they want students to enroll in their courses. The academic rigor in these situations suffers.
I think there is great support for extra curricular activities, but I feel oftentimes students choose to concentrate on their participation in Greek life. For student activities, there is an abundance in funding, but I've observed that oftentimes, clubs don't necessarily use the funds they've requested. This is public information to other students with access to Netspace.
Formerly being Greek, I definitely get the appeal of Greek life. As a warning for those who aren't interested in going Greek, I think this school is difficult to navigate socially unless you are willing to put forth a substantial amount of effort. Effort that wouldn't be necessary if you went to a more culturally diverse college.
During my sister's senior year of high school, I didn't recommend Bucknell. She's the type of person, who likes hanging out with a bunch of different kinds of people, uninterested in practices of snobbery, is academically very capable, etc. And I'm glad I didn't. She goes elsewhere at a top 10 university and enjoys it.There are a lot of reasons why I really liked Bucknell in the past. I've had a lot of great experiences here. But for $50,000 per year, there are a lot of options. And many of the experiences I had at Bucknell I could have had at another decent liberal arts college. To be real. You really have to like the social life at Bucknell and everything that comes with it. Otherwise, those things (the Bucknell Bubble that makes it "unique") might be precisely why you hate it.
|Apr 29 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2012 |
I would like to say that I really thoroughly enjoyed my first year here. As a freshman, not having a lot of schoolwork is a great opportunity. People are usually looking for meeting new people, and you are always welcome to clubs & societies. This was my first month impression. Then came the second semester of freshman year, and things started to change. (Or I started to realize maybe..?)|
As an international student, I can say that there is no such thing as diversity at bucknell. It is just a utopia that is being advertised as if it's real. About 90 percent of the campus is typical rich White Americans. This situation directly affects the social life too. Socially, you have to party like a White American, play long hours of pong at downtown houses, or grind on a girl wearing a spandex and flipflops to a party, listen to fratmusic.com. It seems during the freshman year that joining a frat is the only way out for guys, but it's not even true. The only change is the people around you.
Also, I would like to note that there is a strict cast-like system that governs the frat life. Richer people will only hang out at richer frats, middle class people will only hang out at middle class frats. For girls, what adds on to this is how attractive you look. If you aren't blond, there is something wrong with you, if you don't have UGG boots, you've gotta be kidding me, every girl in bucknell has UGG boots. This is pretty much like an extended edition of high school.
Another word on architecture.. The campus really looks very neat and clean, but inside the buildings is an architectural mess. Whoever draw the floorplans of the older buildings is either not an architect, or was still in grad school. The newer buildings like the O'leary center, or THE KLARC GYM are simply made for the inconvenience of the students. These buildings resemble a small maze, you have to walk ridiculous distances to get from point a to point b in the gym, which could have easily taken you 10 steps. The elevation of some floors don't match with others in some buildings, so you randomly have to go two steps down, pass through a door, and go three steps up if you again want to go from point a to point b.
Also, you should note that you as a freshman will not be able to:
- Bring a car to campus. We don't have enough car parking.
- Join a frat/sorority
- Pick your own dorm / roommate
- Pick your own meal plan (You have to eat the horrible caf food for a high cost)
- Live downtown @your own house / rent a house.- Party with the cool people (unless you know the person who throws it) (this makes sense though, as a measure of risk reduction / not giving alcohol to random minors)
|Nov 06 2009|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2011 |