At Bucknell, we know that researching universities is about more than comparing numbers. 

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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Bucknell at a Glance

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  • Students in MIDE class


    3,724: Undergraduates

    30: Graduate students

    92%: Undergraduate students who live on campus

    50%: Number of students who study abroad (compared to 10% nationally)

  • Christy Mathewson Gates

    Class of 2024

    9,890: Applicants

    3,712: Admitted (37.5% admit rate) 

    986: Enrolled (26.6% yield) 

    3.61: Average GPA (4.0 scale)

    620–700: Middle 50% SAT R Evidence-Based Reading & Writing*

    630–730Middle 50% SAT R Math*

    29–32: Middle 50% ACT composite*

    34: States represented (plus D.C.)

    44: Countries represented

    * Bucknell is now test-optional, meaning applicants can decide whether to include SAT or ACT scores when applying.



Rank among liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary (PayScale 2020 College ROI Report)

12 th

Rank among undergraduate engineering programs where a doctorate is not offered (U.S. News & World Report 2021)

7 th

Rank among national liberal arts colleges (U.S. News & World Report 2021)

34 th

Rank among the most beautiful campuses (Princeton Review 2020)

10 th
  • Graduates process into Commencement


    94% of the Class of 2020 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)

    90% of students graduated within six years (compared to 58.3% nationally)

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    Financial Aid

    $61,948: Mean starting salary for the Class of 2020

    54% of full-time undergraduates receive Bucknell grants and scholarships

    63% of Bucknell students receive financial aid of some form, including loans and work-study

    $21,000: Average federal student loan indebtedness upon graduation for Class of 2020, among students who borrowed (compared to about $30,000 nationally)

    $67 million: Total awarded by Bucknell toward grants and scholarships to undergrads (2020-2021)

Cost Breakdown for 2021-22

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Total comprehensive cost*:


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*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 2024 data).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increases to the comprehensive fee are based on 2019-20 fees for tuition and board and 2020-2021 fees for housing and the student activity fee.
Patriot League Championship Game

Division I Athletics

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

90%:  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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