August 02, 2011

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By Communications Staff

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University alumni ranked No. 4 among liberal arts college graduates and among the highest for all colleges and universities in a 2011 PayScale College Salary Report released this week. || Related coverage The Huffington Post.

The annual survey, which launched in 2008, assesses median starting and mid-career salaries among graduates of top U.S. liberal arts colleges. This year, alumni from 1,003 schools participated.

In this year's report, Bucknell alumni had a median starting salary of $52,600, down from $55,800 in 2009, and a median mid-career salary of $108,000, down from $115,000 last year. Other colleges and universities had similar dips, which Pay Scale analysts have said is indicative of the softening economy.

14th among 'top colleges'
The salary report also ranked Bucknell as 14th among all "top U.S. colleges," including Ivy League and state universities, for mid-career earning potential. || Top colleges survey

Bucknell alumni historically have had high job placement rates in their first year after graduation. Nine months after graduation, for instance, 88 percent of the members of the Class of 2010 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school, according to Bucknell's Career Development Center. A small percentage opted to travel, volunteer or do a combination of both.

The top 2010 employers for the newest alumni included PricewaterhouseCoopers, Teach For America, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Army. Following marketplace trends, many graduates were hired by small- to mid-size businesses throughout the Northeast.

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