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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.


Numbers to Know

  • Class of 2018: Successful outcome within nine months of graduation*

    96 %
  • Class of 2018: Mean starting salary

    $ 59,628
  • Bucknell's ranking among liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary

    11 th
  • Percentage of students who graduate within six years

    88 %

*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 2018 are working:

  • Accenture Federal Services
  • CNN
  • Deloitte
  • ESPN
  • ExxonMobil
  • EY
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • L'Oreal
  • Microsoft
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Nordstrom
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Oracle
  • PwC
  • Showtime Networks
  • Smithsonian National Zoo
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Teach for America
  • Wayfair
  • Yelp



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 2018 Bucknell graduates at these schools (and many more):

  • Graduate schools: Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University
  • Law schools: Boston University School of Law, George Washington University Law School, New York Law School
  • Medical schools: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
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Prepared for Success

In a 2017 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


A graph showing Bucknell's six-year graduation rate of 88% vs. the national average of 58%.


A graph showing Bucknell's retention rate of 92% vs. the national average of 74%

What Alumni Said

In 2014, 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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A graph showing Bucknell's average student debt of $21,100 vs. the national average of $28,650.
A graph showing Bucknell's average default rate of 1.7% vs. the national average of 10.8%.

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 52,000 Bucknellians. These alumni live around the world and represent nearly every industry you can imagine. They're ready to help fellow Bucknellians succeed.

Learn more about our global alumni network