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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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Bucknell at a Glance

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    46:Graduate students

    89%:Undergraduate students who live on campus

    40%:Number of students who study abroad (compared to 10% nationally)

    22%:Students of color (5% Asian, 4% Black, 7% Hispanic/Latino, 4% multiple races/ethnicities)

    5%:International students

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    Class of 2027

    11,010: Applicants

    3,524: Admitted (32% admit rate)

    1,030: Enrolled (29.2% yield)

    3.76: Average GPA (4.0 scale)*

    660-730: Middle 50% SAT R Evidence-Based Reading & Writing*

    670-760: Middle 50% SAT R Math*

    31-34: Middle 50% ACT composite*

    47:States represented (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico)*

    80:Countries represented*

    28.3%: Students of color*

    13.3%: First-generation college students*

    * Number(s) represent students admitted to Bucknell.

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



Rank among national liberal arts colleges (U.S. News & World Report 2023)

30 th

Rank among undergraduate engineering programs where a doctorate is not offered (U.S. News & World Report 2023)

7 th

Rank among undergraduate U.S. business schools (Poets&Quants 2024)

20 th

NCAA Division I Graduation Success Rate Rank

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    94% of the Class of 2022 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)

    91% of first-year students come back for their second year (compared to about 75% nationally)

    89% of students graduated within six years (compared to about 64% nationally)

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    Financial Aid

    $63,552: Mean starting salary for the Class of 2021

    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

    $22,000: Average federal student loan indebtedness upon graduation for Class of 2021, among students who borrowed (compared to about $30,000 nationally)

    $78 million: Total awarded by Bucknell toward grants and scholarships to undergrads (2021-22)

Cost Breakdown for 2024-25

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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. For the 2024-25 academic year, the cost of attendance budget is $88,496, which includes the direct charges listed above plus an allowance of $900 for books, course materials, supplies and equipment, $2,800 for personal and travel expenses and $60 for loan fees, if borrowing.

†Represents the average total need-based package for a student who demonstrates financial need (based on data from the previous incoming class). A total need-based aid award can include a combination of Bucknell need-based grant funding, federal grants, state grants, federal work-study and a federal subsidized student loan. We evaluate income, untaxed income, assets and other family information from both the custodial and non-custodial parent to determine financial aid eligibility.
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Division I Athletics

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

3: National ranking for student-athlete graduation rate (according to U.S. Department of Education standards)

1: National ranking using the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate

91%: Student-athlete graduation rate (compared to 69% nationally at other DI schools)

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

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