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

  • #11 among liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings, and #43 overall among 1,509 schools (PayScale 2018 College ROI report)
  • #6 among undergraduate engineering programs (U.S. News & World Report 2019 Rankings)
  • #36 among national liberal arts colleges (U.S. News & World Report 2019 Rankings)
  • #55 - America's Top Colleges (Forbes 2017 Rankings)

Great Outcomes

  • Within nine months after graduation, 97 percent of the Class of 2017 reported being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, preparing for graduate school or volunteering.
  • 92 percent of first-year students return as sophomores (Class of 2021 retention rate).
  • 84 percent of our students graduate within four years — a rate well above the national average.
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Division I Athletics

  • Graduation rate for student-athletes — 89 percent in the latest four-year average — is annually among the highest in the nation (2018).
  • 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 28 years — the most in the league.

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