Students who thrive at Bucknell University work hard, pursue diverse interests, and define success on their own terms.
At Bucknell, we value the journey just as much as the destination. That’s why understanding where graduates go after Bucknell begins with understanding how they got here.
Students from across the country—and around the world—arrive at Bucknell ready to innovate, explore, and solve problems they didn’t create.
While here, they make scientific breakthroughs, embrace new ideas, and work shoulder-to-shoulder with our impressive faculty. The setting makes a difference too. Bucknell offers the resources of a large university in an intimate, highly personalized environment where students are free to live, learn, and grow.
This challenging, rewarding journey prepares Bucknell graduates for success. For some, that’s a rewarding job at places like Amazon, Deloitte, ESPN, Goldman Sachs, or IBM. For others, that’s graduate school, medical school, or law school. Still other graduates devote their time to volunteer work through organizations like Teach For America or the Peace Corps.
As it turns out, a Bucknell education doesn’t just prepare students for the real world—it is the real world.
The benefits of a Bucknell education
As a Bucknell student, you’ll join a community of artists, engineers, and business leaders who have the freedom to explore different paths. Led by professors and your own intuition, you’ll delve deep into the ideas and theories you’re passionate about while still exploring whatever else interests you.
By breaking new ground, you’ll break into the career of your dreams. The career placement rate for recent Bucknell graduates is consistently high: 96% of the Class of 2018 were employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, or volunteering within nine months of graduation.
Bucknell is ranked #11 among “best value” liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary (PayScale). Our alumni include highly successful business leaders, researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, educators, scholars, actors, engineers, authors, artists, and humanitarians.
If you’re driven to pursue a particular field, you’ll have many opportunities to study it in depth at Bucknell. If you’re not sure exactly what your major will be, we’ll give you the time and freedom to discover the right fit. That’s the beauty of a liberal arts education: choice.
Bucknell offers more majors and minors than most liberal arts universities. You can discover the major that best fits you, go for a double major, or create your own major, all in our world-class facilities under the guidance of professors who are invested in helping you uncover the next big thing.
An immersive learning environment
At Bucknell, learning is an experience that takes place inside and outside the classroom—and every space in between.
Nearly all undergraduates live on campus, which creates a tight-knit community where you can connect with different people, ideas, and perspectives.
With more than 200 student clubs, you’ll find your place. Plunge into your interests with people who share your passion. Explore a new endeavor to reveal a talent you didn’t know you had. Or embrace your pioneering spirit and get funding to start your own academic, arts, athletic, cultural, service, or social group.
And it doesn’t end there. You’ll discover something new on campus every day of the week. Volunteer at the community garden, watch some stand-up comedy, or learn yoga. At Bucknell, we have the variety of opportunities found at a larger university but in a personal setting that lets you shine.
Learning happens off campus too. Students frequently perform service locally and as far away as Nicaragua, Nepal, and Uganda. They secure summer internships with nonprofit organizations and corporations. They study abroad through one of the University’s own programs or through more than 400 other approved programs worldwide.
A beautiful campus
Set foot on Bucknell’s gorgeous campus and you’ll see why so many students feel at home. It’s a pedestrian-friendly space that blends classic beauty and world-class facilities.
Our hometown—Lewisburg, Pennsylvania—is a welcoming small town with a rich arts scene. Watch popular and classic films or student projects at the Campus Theatre downtown, view traveling or student exhibits at the Samek Art Museum, or catch a concert or dance troupe at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.
If you enjoy exploring the outdoors, the surrounding Susquehanna Valley brims with potential adventures: hiking, biking, jogging, kayaking, canoeing, and more. And you’ll have easy access to Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC—ideal locations for summer internships and faculty-led networking trips.
Applying for admission
When you apply for admission, we look at the whole picture your application represents. Among the many factors we consider are your intellectual ability, the quality of your preparation, your special talents and contributions to your school and community, your writing skills, your recommendations, and your character. We no longer require the SAT or ACT, though you may include those scores if you’d like.
To apply for admission, you can fill out the Common Application at commonapp.org or the Coalition Application at coalitionforcollegeaccess.org. (Deadlines: Early Decision I—November 15; Early Decision II—January 15; Regular Decision—January 15)
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you think you might need financial assistance to attend Bucknell, apply for financial aid. It’s a separate process from admission. Apply using the CSS/PROFILE at student.collegeboard.com/profile and follow the admission application deadlines previously listed.
About 60% of students receive financial aid of some form, including need-based grants, loans, work-study, and a limited number of merit scholarships. The average total financial aid package for first-year students with financial need in fall 2019 was about $39,000.