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Bucknell University Data & Information Overview

459 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
35% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bucknell University Ranked?

#66 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in PA
Accounting Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Bucknell University was awarded 459 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is accounting.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Bucknell as #66 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Bucknell also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bucknell?

35% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
35% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bucknell University is a competitive 35%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 35% of students accepted to Bucknell submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 710. Math scores were between 655 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bucknell University  ( 640 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Bucknell University  ( 655 to 740 )
Bucknell received ACT scores from 17% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Bucknell University  ( 29 to 33 )

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Bucknell University Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
96% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Bucknell, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bucknell University is 96%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  96 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bucknell University

91% Freshmen Retention
86% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bucknell University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Bucknell the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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Bucknell University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,686 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,695 undergraduates at Bucknell with 3,686 being full-time and 9 being part-time.

How Much Does Bucknell University Cost?

$43,895 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
$42,084 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bucknell is $43,895. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bucknell

$0-30 K$30K-48K$48-75$75-110K$110K +

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bucknell, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bucknell, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $10,521 a year. That adds up to $42,084 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bucknell is 0.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Bucknell Graduates Make?

$88,154 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bucknell make about $88,154 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Bucknell graduates since it is 107% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Bucknell University

Pennsylvania State
3,686 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Bucknell University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Lewisburg draws many to the area.

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Contact details for Bucknell are given below.

Contact Details
Address:One Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Bucknell University Majors

53 Majors With Completions
1,074 Undergraduate Degrees
20 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 53 majors graduated from Bucknell University. Of these students, 1,074 received undergraduate degrees and 20 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
Political Science & Government89$49,507
General Psychology84$38,460
General Biology62$35,954
Mechanical Engineering38$68,748
Chemical Engineering31$71,437
Natural Resources Conservation31NA
Romance Languages30$45,358
Computer Engineering30$94,127

Learn more about the majors offered at Bucknell University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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