At Bucknell, we value the journey just as much as the destination. That's why understanding where graduates go after Bucknell begins with understanding how they got here.
Students from across the country — and around the world — arrive at Bucknell ready to innovate, explore and solve problems they didn't create.
While here, they make scientific breakthroughs, embrace new ideas and work shoulder to shoulder with our impressive faculty. The setting makes a difference, too. Bucknell offers the resources of a large university but in an intimate, highly personalized environment where students are free to live, learn and grow.
As it turns out, a Bucknell education doesn't just prepare students for the real world. It is the real world.
Numbers to Know
Class of 2021: Successful outcome within nine months of graduation*
Class of 2021: Mean starting salary
Bucknell's ranking among liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary
Percentage of students who graduate within six years
*Reports being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, preparing for graduate school or volunteering.
Prepared for a Career
Life doesn't happen in a straight line. That's why a Bucknell education equips students to follow the career path they choose — regardless of their major. Our interdisciplinary approach prepares graduates from all academic areas for a wide variety of industries.
Here's a sampling of where some members of Bucknell's Class of 2021 are working:
Bank of America
Booz Allen Hamilton
Bristol Myers Sqibb
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Prepared for Further Education
Four years at Bucknell provides a powerful foundation for postgraduate work. Our graduates have earned advanced degrees from some of the nation's top medical schools, law schools and graduate schools.
You'll find Class of 2021 Bucknell graduates at these schools (and many more):
- Graduate schools: Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, New York University, Northwestern University, Penn State University, University of California Berkley, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Yale University
- Law schools: Cornell Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Seton Hall Law School, Tulane University School of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
- Medical schools: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, George Washington University School of Nursing, New York University College of Dentistry
The Power of Bucknell Connections
On her path to a career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Gissell Botero Rodriguez '19 tapped into Bucknell's pre-health advising offerings and alumni network.
Prepared for Success
In a 2021 survey, Bucknell seniors said their college experience gave them the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. That includes these areas:
- Critical thinking
- Complex problem solving
- Written communications
- Oral communications
- Quantitative reasoning
- Teamwork in diverse groups
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What Alumni Say
In 2021, Bucknell alumni were surveyed about their first jobs after graduation. Respondents said, at an above-average rate, that their jobs were meaningful, well-paying and used skills they learned at Bucknell.
Students graduate from Bucknell with less student loan debt than average and are much less likely to default on their loans.
Prepared for Support
Around here, we like to say that you're Bucknellian for life.
Bucknell graduates join a supportive alumni network of more than 55,000 Bucknellians. These alumni live around the world and represent nearly every industry you can imagine. They're ready to help fellow Bucknellians succeed.
I didn't realize how many soft skills I had gained in college — from managing deadlines and balancing multiple projects to communicating my ideas clearly. I really felt confident stepping into a professional setting based on the things I learned at Bucknell.
Julia Carita '20, gallery assistant at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia