Peer Group Institutions

The institutions listed below comprise the official peer group that Bucknell uses for benchmarking institutional performance, both on quantitative metrics and qualitative measures. This peer group was established during the planning process that resulted in the University's 2005 strategic plan, The Plan for Bucknell.

It is difficult to find institutions that match Bucknell on all significant characteristics because the University occupies a very distinctive niche in higher education. Salient characteristics of Bucknell include:

  • A distinctive size range (approximately 3,600 undergraduates and 70 graduate students), which is larger than most traditional liberal arts colleges and is an important scaling factor for institutional complexity.
  • A primary focus on undergraduate education in a residential setting.
  • A combination of traditional liberal arts with professional programs in engineering, management, education and music.
  • An organizational structure of separate colleges for Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Management.
  • Master's degree programs in a range of disciplines.
  • Division I intercollegiate sports (I-AA in football) and membership in the Patriot League.

Each peer institution combines some but not all of these key characteristics. The peer list encompasses institutions of different Carnegie Classification types and different control (College of William & Mary is a public institution), and includes both traditional peers and aspirant institutions.

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The table below provides a link to the main website for each peer institution as well as the office at that institution which is best able to answer institutional data questions.

Peer InstitutionInfoCarnegie Classification
Colgate University (N.Y.)Institutional Planning and ResearchBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
College of the Holy Cross (Mass.)Office of Planning and BudgetBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
College of William and Mary (Va.)Institutional Research & ReportingResearch Universities (high research activity)
Davidson College (N.C.)Institutional ResearchBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
Dartmouth College (N.H.)Office of Institutional ResearchResearch Universities (high research activity)
Furman University (S.C.)Office of Institutional Assessment and ResearchBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
Lafayette College (Pa.)Office of Institutional ResearchBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
Lehigh University (Pa.)Office of Institutional ResearchResearch Universities (high research activity)
Middlebury College (Vt.)Office of Planning and AssessmentBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
Trinity College (Conn.)Office of Institutional Research and PlanningBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
University of Richmond (Va.)Institutional ResearchBaccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
Villanova University (Pa.)Office of Planning and Institutional ResearchMaster's Colleges & Universities (larger program)
Wake Forest University (N.C.)Institutional ResearchResearch Universities (high research activity)

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