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But we still believe in sharing facts and figures to help you examine Bucknell more closely. We think you'll see that our groundbreaking approach to education yields quantifiable results.

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At a Glance

  • Faculty :


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  • Academic Majors :


Student-faculty ratio :

9 :1

Classes taught by faculty :

100 %

  • Students in MIDE class


    3,600: Undergraduates

    60: Graduate students

    92%: Undergraduate students who live on campus

    49%: Number of students who study abroad (compared to 10% nationally)

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  • Christy Mathewson Gates

    Class of 2023

    9,845: Applicants

    3,369: Admitted (34.2% admit rate) 

    974: Enrolled (28.9% yield) 

    3.58: Average GPA

    31: States represented

    42: Countries represented

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  • Rank among liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings (PayScale 2018 College ROI Report)

    11 th
  • Rank among undergraduate engineering programs where a doctorate is not offered (U.S. News & World Report 2020)

    6 th
  • Rank among national liberal arts colleges (U.S. News & World Report 2020)

    35 th
  • Rank among the most beautiful campuses (Princeton Review 2020)

    10 th
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    96% of the Class of 2018 reported successful outcomes within nine months of graduation (includes those who are employed, in graduate school, applying/preparing for graduate school, volunteering or engaged in another activity)

    92% of first-year students come back for their second year (compared to 73.5% nationally)

    88% of students graduated within six years (compared to 58.3% nationally)

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    Financial Aid

    $59,628: Mean starting salary for the Class of 2018

    52% of full-time undergraduates receive Bucknell grants and scholarships

    60% of Bucknell students receive financial aid of some form, including loans and work-study.

    $21,100: Average federal student loan indebtedness upon graduation for Class of 2019, among students who borrowed (compared to about $30,000 nationally)

    $61 million: Total awarded by Bucknell toward grants and scholarships to undergrads (2019-2020)

Cost Breakdown for 2019-20

  • Graduation

    Tuition :


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Total comprehensive cost* :

$ 72,370

Average Total Need-Based Package† :

$ 39,000

*Represents fees before financial aid and grants. Keep in mind that this comprehensive fee may not represent the true cost to your family. We evaluate each family's financial circumstances to determine financial aid eligibility. †Represents average total need-based package for a student who demonstrates financial need (Class of 2022 data).
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Division I Athletics

27: Varsity sports teams (14 women's, 13 men's)

89%: Student-athlete graduation rate (compared to 68% nationally at other DI schools)

18: Number of Patriot League Presidents' Cup wins — most in the league

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