At Bucknell, you will receive a rigorous and highly valuable education that will prepare you to succeed on campus, in your career and in life. Here are some of the great outcomes our students and alumni experience.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education


Be Challenged

Of liberal arts college alumni, 90% said their professors challenged them academically and helped them meet those challenges. Of alumni at the top 50 public universities, only 50% said the same.

Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Know Your Professors

95% – that's how many liberal arts college alumni said they benefited from classes being taught by professors over teaching assistants. Only 39% of alumni at the top 50 public universities said this.

Make Friends

"Students on residential campuses live with and form friendships with students of many backgrounds and across majors and career aspirations. They're not simply in class with other interesting students; they form a campus community and develop socially and civically, as well as intellectually." (The Value and Impact of the College Experience)

Discuss in Depth

87 % of liberal arts college alumni said their educational experience often included extensive classroom discussions.

Graduation Rate

91% of our students graduate in six years, placing Bucknell in the top 28 for six-year graduation rates among all four-year liberal arts institutions in the U.S.

97%


Portion of the Class of 2013 that reports being employed, enrolled in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, volunteering or engaged in another activity within nine months of graduation.

Post Graduation Report

84%


Our seniors who said they have had an internship, practicum, field experience or clinical assignment.

What Our Alumni Say


What do alumni say they liked best about Bucknell? That we gave them a good education, preparing them for graduate school and their careers. (Hart Associates Alumni Survey, 2011)

"Bucknell takes young people and transforms them into citizens of the world. Our students have the opportunity to explore, to learn, to try different things, to shape who they are so they can be responsible leaders as they move forward." - Kenneth Freeman '72, chair, Bucknell University Board of Trustees

What do alumni say is the second-best aspect of Bucknell? That we contributed to their personal growth and made them confident and responsible adults. (Hart Associates Alumni Survey, 2011)

"We can use our knowledge in our prospective workplaces. We can use our leadership and classroom experiences in any endeavors we might have. And this power can never disappear or be taken away: It's part of us now." - Beth Eanelli '13, in her commencement address to the Class of 2013

What do our alumni say is the third-best aspect of Bucknell? We helped them develop lifelong friendships. (Hart Associates Alumni Survey, 2011)

"When I was a student, I had a tremendous research mentor, and that is still paying off for me in big ways. It's important for me that I am able to provide those opportunities for students, too." Professor Michael Gross '03, chemical engineering

96% of seniors say Bucknell has contributed "quite a bit" or "very much" to their ability to think critically and analytically. (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2011)

"I always tell people there are three important things I gained from my liberal arts education at Bucknell, and I carry them with me in my career path: 1. Always ask why, and why not; 2. Follow your heart/interest; 3. Make a difference." - Li Wan '10, venture capitalist

What do alumni say they liked best about Bucknell? That we gave them a good education, preparing them for graduate school and their careers. (Hart Associates Alumni Survey, 2011)

Dream Big


Jessica Jackley '00

Co-founder, kiva.org

One of Time's 100 Most Influential People 2009

Majors: philosophy and political science

TED Talk: Poverty, money – and love

"Run Good" Anyway

Undergraduate Research


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