Established in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg; renamed Bucknell University in 1886 in honor of William Bucknell, a major benefactor. The University is highly selective, private, nonsectarian, coeducational (since 1883), residential and undergraduate, with a small graduate program.  

High Marks

  • #3 among liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings, and #62 overall among 1343 schools (PayScale 2016 College ROI report)
  • #5 in Newsweek's College Rankings: Most Beautiful Schools (2012)
  • #7 among undergraduate engineering programs (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #10 on Business Insider's list of 24 Best Liberal-Arts Colleges in America
  • #32 among national liberal arts colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #34 among more than 1,400 schools for alumni median salary 10 years following initial enrollment (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2015)
  • #49 - America's Top Colleges (Forbes, 2015)

Great Outcomes

  • Within nine months after graduation, 97% of the Class of 2016 reported being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school or volunteering. 
  • 93% of first-year students return as sophomores. (Class of 2018 retention rate)
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  • 86% of our students graduate within four years — a rate well above the national average. No perpetual college students here.
  • See more of our students' outcomes.

Division I Athletics

  • Graduation rate for athletes — 92% in the latest four-year average — is annually among the highest in the nation.
  • 27 varsity sports (13 men's, 14 women's)
  • Winner of the Patriot League Presidents' Cup, the league's all-sports trophy, 18 of the last 25 years

Below are some more fast facts about Bucknell University.



The number of classes taught by grad students. Faculty teach all our classes.


Bucknell has about 350 full-time, tenure-line faculty members, all of whom teach undergraduates.


Our student-faculty ratio is 9:1.


About 97% of faculty members have a doctorate or other terminal degree.

Our Students…

3,600 undergraduates, 60 graduate students

...give back. About 85% of seniors participate in community service or volunteer work. 

...get involved. Students can choose from about 200 student-run clubs and organizations.

...hail from most states and 45 countries (about 180 international students go here)

A Resource-Rich Campus

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Bucknell's Facilities

More than 100 facilities including a performing arts center, art deco movie theatre, Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore, the Samek Art Museum and a well-equipped fitness center.

The Facilities
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Beyond the Region

New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Pittsburgh are all within a three-to-four-hour drive, and Bucknell offers frequent trips to these great cities.


About 52 percent of students receive financial aid from Bucknell, and 62 percent receive financial aid in some form.

The average total need-based aid package for a student in the Class of 2021 who demonstrates financial need is about $37,500, which includes grants and scholarships, loans and student employment.

For the Class of 2017, the average total federal student loan indebtedness upon graduation for those who borrowed was $22,600.


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