Get to Know the Schools of the Patriot League...BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

GO TERRIERS The 4,000 seat Sojka Pavilion is home to Bucknell's men's and women's basketball teams
The 4,000 seat Sojka Pavilion is home to Bucknell's men's and women's basketball teams

Feb. 4, 2013

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Location: Lewisburg, Pa.

Nickname: Bison

Colors: Orange and blue

Year founded:  1846 as the University at Lewisburg

Enrollment: 3,500 undergraduate, 100 graduate

Endowment: $600 million

Faculty: 350 full-time

Tuition: $56,190 (including room and board plus fees)

Notable alumni:  Christy Mathewson 1902, Baseball Hall of Famer ... Leslie Moonves '71, President and CEO of CBS Corp.

Athletics:  27 varsity sports - 13 men's and 14 women's

Athletic achievement:  Winner of the Patriot League's Presidents' Cup (the league's all-sports trophy) 17 of the last 22 years. The Bison won national championships in Men's  Swimming in 1964 and in Women's Lightweight Rowing in 2007 (IRA National Champions).  Runner Thomas McLean won  the 1976 NCAA 800-meter title in track and field.

Academic achievement: In 2012, Bucknell ranked fifth among Division I schools for the number of student-athletes named to Academic All-America teams. The Bison student-athlete graduation rate was the fourth-highest in nation in 2012 among all Division I programs with 90 percent of student-athletes graduating within six years

Bison Trivia: Bucknell's football team won the first Orange Bowl,  26-0, over the University of Miami on Jan. 1, 1935.

NCAA appearances by team:

Men's Basketball:  1987, 1989, 2005, 2006, 2011

Baseball: 1996, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2010

Men's Golf: 2006, 2007, 2009

Men's Lacrosse: 2001, 2011

Men's Soccer:  1974, 1975, 1976, 2006, 2009, 2010

Men's Water Polo: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985

Women's Basketball: 2002, 2008


Bison vs. Terriers

Men's Basketball:  BU has faced the Bucknell five times in men's hoops with the Bison winning three of those contests.  The most recent game was Dec. 22, 2011, won by Bucknell,  75-61

Field Hockey:  Terriers are 1-0 vs. Bucknell, winning on August 27, 2011 by a score of 5-0

Women's lacrosse: Terriers are 0-1 vs. Bucknell, losing in 1996 by a score 12-8

Football: BU faced Bucknell 15 times from 1941 to 1985 on the gridiron with the Terriers holding a decided 10-5-1 advantage. The last time the schools met was in 1985, when BU defeated the Bison, 34-7

More Bison Trivia: In 2005, Bucknell's men's basketball team went to the NCAA basketball tournament and became the first Patriot League team to win an NCAA tournament game, posting a huge 64-63 upset of Kansas.

More about Bucknell & Lewisburg, Pa.

Bucknell University was founded in 1846 as the University of Lewisburg in the basement of the town's First Baptist Church, which still stands to this day. In 1886, the university changed its name to Bucknell in honor of William Bucknell, a charter member of the school's board of trustees who saved the school from financial ruin with generous gifts throughout his life.

Today the university is home to over 3,500 students who can choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors built around the schools liberal arts core, including professional programs in education, engineering, management and music.

Located in Central Pennsylvania, Bucknell is approximately three hours by car from New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Its home, Lewisburg, puts the "small" in "small town." In fact, its entire population of just under 6,000 could fit inside Boston University's Agganis Arena. But as those of us who sit in Boston traffic each day know, bigger isn't always better. Lewisburg recently ranked 15th in the nation in the book The 100 best Small Towns in America thanks in part to its high number of physicians, percentage of college-educated residents and low number of serious crimes, in addition to being home to an institution of higher learning.

History and architecture are a big part of the university's identity as Historic Lewisburg, the town's historic district, makes up much of the Bucknell campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lewisburg is a classic example of what historians call a "Pennsylvania Town," a distinct town layout developed in Colonial Pennsylvania which usually consists of a main street with a town square in the center and a courthouse.

Historic preservation is evident throughout Lewisburg as gingerbread porches, carved wooden doors and antique streetlights make this town's architecture truly memorable and is the inspiration for the town's tourist slogan, "There's Still a Place...."

Although only taking up six blocks, downtown Lewisburg features many dining and drinking establishments, galleries, art museums and an original 1941 Art Deco movie palace known as the Campus Theatre. The retail district is anchored by a new 29,500-square foot Barnes and Noble Bookstore which opened in 2010. In addition to the university, the Lewisburg Federal Prison System and Evangelical Community Hospital are a major part of the local economy.

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