Since its founding in 1846, Bucknell University has become one of the most well-respected universities in the country. Our students are among the nation’s best. Our faculty year after year earn the appreciation of students for their lasting impact as teacher-scholars. Our beautiful campus features some of the finest buildings and grounds in American higher education. In this exceptional learning environment, students prepare to play a vital role in professions and communities across America and around the world.
Bucknellians enjoy a rich legacy of symbols and traditions. Convocation and candlelight in the Academic Quad. The Christy Mathewson Gateway. First Night. The Bison mascot. Chrysalis. The Orange and the Blue. The Alma Mater. Homecoming and Reunion. From its founding in the “wilds of Pennsylvania” in 1846 to its status today as one of the nation's top liberal arts institutions, Bucknell's history is marked with symbols and traditions that connect the first seven graduates in 1851 to more than 48,000 living alumni worldwide.