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 2017 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.
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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

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