The Three College Difference

Bucknell is defined by three exceptional colleges and student-focused faculty who are leaders in teaching, research and innovation. Our distinctive structure — paired with our size and the depth of our academic offerings — sets us apart among liberal arts colleges.

As the University prepares for its spring 2024 review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the determined work of faculty and institutional researchers is on track to prove to our accreditors that we are an effective, forward-thinking institution that delivers a top-tier education.

Our self-assessment will also provide Bucknell with information that can be leveraged to achieve long-range goals and spur new innovations to provide an even more exceptional undergraduate experience.

The College of Arts & Sciences stands at the heart of Bucknell’s liberal arts curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to explore their passions and discover new interests as they gain new perspectives. Teacher-scholars ensure a learning experience with breadth and depth — and an education that is as versatile and practical as it is rewarding.

New Frontiers in Scholarship

  • The National Science Foundation awarded an institution-record seven Graduate Research Fellowship Program grants to Bucknell students, placing the University at the top of its official peer group.
  • Professors Darakhshan Mir, computer science; Vanessa Massaro, geography; and Nathan Ryan, mathematics, received a $60,000 Google Award for Inclusion Research to consider questions concerning prison algorithms and the realities of incarcerated people.
  • Funded by a $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 14 faculty members are designing a new health humanities minor, drawing upon history, philosophy, culture and the social sciences to create a holistic understanding of health and medicine.

Arts & Sciences faculty named Fulbright Scholars, making Bucknell a Top-Producing Institution

by Fulbright Program

College of Engineering

Bucknell’s nationally ranked College of Engineering is training a new generation of engineers to go beyond problem-solving to influence, impact and create change. Bucknell engineers receive a dynamic education from forward-thinking faculty who prepare students to think critically and creatively and pursue opportunities that extend learning beyond the classroom.

Innovative Programming Throughout the Undergraduate Experience

  • Bucknell’s Engineering EXCELerator invites talented first-year engineering students to kick-start their educational experience by coming to campus before the start of their first semester to build academic and social capital.
  • Senior Design is a signature capstone of the Bucknell engineering experience that empowers teams of senior engineers to tackle development challenges drawn from real-world questions. Sponsoring partnerships with companies, nonprofits or government entities have grown significantly in the past five years, providing students with authentic engineering experiences.
  • 2023 marks 100 years since the first woman graduated from Bucknell’s engineering program — a testament to the college’s long-standing commitment to equity and inclusivity.

No. 6

overall rank in engineering among colleges without doctoral programs
by U.S. News & World Report
A vanguard of management education since its inception, the Freeman College of Management has rapidly ascended the ranks of top-rated business schools in the nation. Expanded educational offerings include a new major in business analytics, a new minor in real estate — built upon the enthusiastic support of alumni in the industry — and a reimagined finance and accounting curriculum.

At Home and Abroad

  • Launched in the 2020-21 academic year, the Freeman College’s real estate minor reveals how targeted alumni and donor support can deliver innovative experiences and meet emerging student needs. The program provides students with authentic industry experiences as they learn from still-unfolding case studies and build relationships with Bucknell alumni in the field.
  • The Management in Dublin Summer Internship program debuted in summer 2022 as one of the University’s largest study abroad initiatives. Over eight weeks, 30 students developed cultural competency through curricular programming and co-curricular events. The program’s success encouraged the college’s plans to expand international initiatives — Management in Asia Pacific launches in spring 2023.
No. 17
Overall rank among all U.S. undergraduate business schools

by Poets&Quants