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Bucknell University is located outside Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, which is a small town. The campus itself is also small, educating just 3,600+ students. Students who want to relax and get to know Lewisburg will easily learn where everything is. When they want to escape academia, they can go to the Lewisburg Area Recreational Park. The school, founded in 1846, is a private, not-for-profit college that also offers campus housing to its students. The student population is made up to 3,597 undergraduate students (98%) and 71 graduate students (2%). Male students make up 49% of the student body with female students comprising the remaining 51%.
Overview of Bucknell University (BU)
Even though the student body is significantly smaller than many other schools, this is part of why the student-to-faculty ratio is 9 to 1, which is a relatively low number compared to many universities. The graduation rate is also solid at 88%.
The school’s Carnegie classification is focused on the baccalaureate colleges with an Arts and Sciences focus. The university has no religious affiliation. Bucknell also accepts dual-credit students (students who have not yet graduated from high school but have opted to begin and complete general education credits). And the university offers credits to students who have passed advanced placement exams.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Town: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||9:1|
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BU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||January 15|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
BU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The sticker price for attending Bucknell University includes tuition, fees, room/board, and books. Tuition was $58,196 for in-state and out-of-state students for a recent academic year. Room and board generally costs around $14,174 and books/supplies, $900. This makes attendance at Bucknell relatively expensive. After financial aid is applied for every source, the average net price for a recent academic year was $36,300.
Average net price differs for families in different income brackets.
- Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $22,480
- Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $17,374
- Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $23,652
- Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around $33,838
- Families earning over $100,001 pay around $52,946
Financial aid for beginning students is allocated as follows: beginning students awarded grants or scholarships number 504 or 52% of the student body; they are awarded an average of $33,820. Freshmen receiving institutional grants and scholarships number 49,7 or 51% of the student body. Their financial aid package is an average of $32,744.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$33,820|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||59%|
|Room & Board||$14,174|
- Tuition In-State - $58,196
- Tuition Out-of-State - $58,196
- Books and Supplies - $900
- Room & Board - $14,174
- Other - $2,130
With a 4-year graduation rate of 85%, Bucknell has also been seeing the trend for some students extend their time in school beyond the more-traditional 4 years. These 6-year graduates make up 88% of the graduation total. The school’s retention rate is 92%; this means that first-year students mostly choose to return to campus in their second year.
Bucknell University does not offer evening classes or online courses. Their most popular degree programs include biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; engineering, and social sciences.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Social Science Majors||191 Total Graduates / 22%|
|Economics, General||76 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||55 Graduates|
|International Relations and Affairs||23 Graduates|
|Econometrics and Quantitative Economics||11 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||154 Total Graduates / 18%|
|Computer Engineering, General||33 Graduates|
|Mechanical Engineering||30 Graduates|
|Chemical Engineering||28 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||23 Graduates|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||18 Graduates|
|Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services||144 Total Graduates / 17%|
|Accounting and Finance||79 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||41 Graduates|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce||14 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||10 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||105 Total Graduates / 12%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||55 Graduates|
|Animal Behavior and Ethology||13 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||59 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Psychology, General||59 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||24%|
Outcome & Salary
Graduates of Bucknell University can expect to earn decent annual salaries if the average is anything to go by. Their average annual salary is $81,000; their early career salary is $68,000, and their mid-career salary is around $139,000.
This means they benefit from a return on investment (ROI) even greater than what they and/or their parents paid for their educations. The 10-year salary earnings potential of graduates from this school is $810,000; the 20-year salary earnings potential is $2,200,000. The 10-year projected ROI is $664,780 and the 20-year projected ROI is $2,054,780. Knowing that the net price of education for four years is $145,220, it’s clear that graduates of Bucknell soon see their education pay for itself.
High school graduates who choose not to go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is around $775,840 on average.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$68,000|
|College Grads Average Salary||$81,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$139,000|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$810,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$2,200,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$145,220|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$664,780|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$2,054,780|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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