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Bucknell Outcomes

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.


Class of 2023 post-graduate survey


Numbers to Know

Class of 2023: secured opportunities within nine months of graduation*

93 %

Class of 2023: average starting salary

$ 72,735

Bucknell's ranking among liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary

12 th

Percentage of students who graduate within six years

89 %

*Reports being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, preparing for graduate school or volunteering.

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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 2023 are working:

  • Accenture

  • Amazon

  • AlphaSights

  • Axtria

  • Bank of America

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Deloitte

  • Estee Lauder

  • EY

  • Fast Enterprises

  • Goldman Sachs

  • IBM

  • J.P. Morgan

  • KPMG

  • Lockheed Martin

  • Madison Square Garden Entertainment

  • Merck

  • Morgan Stanley

  • PwC

  • Raytheon Missiles and Defense

  • RSM

  • The Wall Street Journal

  • Toyota North America

  • U.S. House of Representatives

  • United States Football League

  • Whitting-Turner


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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 2023 Bucknellians at these graduate schools (and many more):

  • Boston University

  • Brown University

  • Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • Columbia University

  • Dartmouth College

  • Duke University

  • Harvard University

  • Georgetown University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • New York University

  • Northwestern University

  • Penn State University

  • Savannah College of Art and Design

  • The Technical University of Denmark

  • Tufts University

  • University of California Berkeley

  • University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine

  • University of Helsinki

  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

  • University of Southern California

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Villanova University

  • Wake Forest University School of Law

  • William & Mary Law School

  • Yale University

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    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.

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    Prepared for Success

    External Comparisons

    In a 2020 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 2020, 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.

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    Financial Indicators

    Students graduate from Bucknell with less student loan debt than average and are much less likely to default on their loans.

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    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.

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    It is what happens beyond the classroom that develops and roots learning. Through my experience outside my classes, I grasped the importance of personal relationships and the nuances of financial and technology markets in the Asia-Pacific region, became skilled at networking and business etiquette, and gained invaluable mentors who have given me the self-assurance to tackle challenges.

    Keri Gilligan '24, business technology analyst, Deloitte Government & Public Services Consulting in Boston

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