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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 2019: Successful outcome within nine months of graduation*

    95 %
  • Class of 2019: Mean starting salary

    $ 60,560
  • Bucknell's ranking among liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary

    12 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 2019 are working:

  • Accenture Federal Services
  • Amazon Robotics
  • American Express
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • CBS
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Bank
  • ExxonMobil
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Live Nation
  • L'Oreal
  • Los Angeles School District
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • NBA
  • The New York Times
  • Oracle
  • Penguin Random House
  • PwC
  • Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Teach for America
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Walmart eCommerce


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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 2019 Bucknell graduates at these schools (and many more):

  • Graduate schools: Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, New York University, Oxford University, Yale University
  • Law schools: Boston University School of Law, Hofstra Law School, Rutgers University Law School, UCONN School of Law
  • Medical schools: Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
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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 2019, 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 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.

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