January 09, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. –  Bucknell University is among the nation’s best values in private liberal arts colleges, according to the February edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

Bucknell was ranked 22nd in the annual survey of the top 50 private liberal arts colleges and universities. In 2008, Bucknell was ranked 11th; in 2007, it was No. 19.

As with the past few years, Kiplinger’s based its 2009 rankings on academic quality and affordability with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. Universities are rewarded in the rankings for competitive admissions rates, first-year student retention rates and the amount of financial aid awarded for families with and without need.

Faculty-student ratio
Bucknell’s strengths included an 11-to-1 faculty-student ratio, a four-year graduation rate of 86 percent and admission rate of 30 percent.

In this year's rankings, Pomona College of Claremont, Calif., was the top ranked liberal arts institution. Bucknell, with a student population of 3,520, is the largest school in the top 50.

Over the past year, a number of rankings have consistently named Bucknell one of the top institutions of higher education in the country.

In January, SmartMoney magazine ranked Bucknell as the fifth best long-term value among liberal arts colleges and universities. Last August, U.S. News and World Report again ranked Bucknell No. 30 among all liberal arts institutions.

Last summer, Washington Monthly ranked Bucknell No. 7 among the best liberal arts colleges in the country when it comes to fostering research and promoting an ethic of service and social mobility. And in spring 2008 the Peace Corps listed Bucknell at No. 6 on its top 25 list of small colleges and universities producing Peace Corps Volunteers.

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