Bucknell University is a private liberal arts college located alongside the West Branch Susquehanna River in the town of Lewisburg, in central Pennsylvania
Bucknell University consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, and the College of Engineering. Bucknell was founded in 1846, and features programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, engineering, management, education, and music, as well as programs and pre-professional advising that prepare students for study in law and medicine. It has almost 50 majors and over 60 minors. It is primarily an undergraduate school (with 3,500 students), and 150 graduate students on the campus. Students come from all 50 states and from more than 66 countries. Bucknell has nearly 200 student organizations and a large Greek presence. The school’s mascot is Bucky the Bison and the school is a member of the Patriot League in NCAA Division I athletics. In its 2013 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Bucknell 32nd in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category. In 2012, Forbes rated the school 56th in its “America’s Best Colleges” list. For 2010–2011, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Bucknell 22nd in terms of “Best Value among Liberal Arts Colleges in the US,” which took into account academic quality, cost and financial aid measures. Bucknell is also listed in the guide “Hidden Ivies: 50 Top Colleges that Rival the Ivy League,” one of fifty institutions comparable in quality to Ivy League universities. The Princeton Review included BU in its annual Best Value Colleges for 2012. BU is ranked 4th on Payscale’s list of Top Liberal Arts Colleges by Salary Potential. On January 26, 2013, Bucknell officials admitted that the SAT scores that they had provided to the public had been inflated by 16 points, on average, between 2006 and 2012. “Enrollment management leadership no longer with the university prepared these inaccurate numbers,” school president John Bravman wrote in an email to alumni. As a result of the falsification of data, Forbes penalized Bucknell by removing it from the “America’s Top Colleges” list for two years. For the same reason, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance removed Bucknell from its 2012 “Best Values in Private Colleges” list.