Bucknell University

Bucknell University


Bucknell University is a private, selective residential university with 3,600 undergraduates and a small graduate program. At Bucknell, you will join a close-knit community of students, faculty and alumni who think, act, create and engage with the world. We offer more than 50 majors and 65 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, sciences and social sciences. Your professors will mentor and challenge you, take the time to get to know you personally, and provide opportunities to become involved in their research and creative projects. Bucknell educates students for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, creativity and leadership. All of your learning, in class and out, will give you the knowledge and skills that employers seek, and that you will need to create your future.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Journey to Bucknell – Overnight Visit Program

Journey to Bucknell is an overnight program designed to expose high-achieving, traditionally underrepresented high school seniors to Bucknell. Participants stay in one of our residence halls, attend open house, and meet students, faculty and staff. Counselors can nominate students or they can fill out an application on their own. The program is free for students who are chosen to attend (travel expenses, including flights and shuttles to and from campus, overnight accommodations with a current student and all meals while on campus.) Learn more about Journey to Bucknell – Overnight Visit Program

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships & Financial Aid

At Bucknell, we work to make the benefits of a Bucknell education accessible to families from many different economic circumstances. Financial aid and financing options include need-based grants, merit scholarships, federal and state grants, loans and payment plans, and student employment. Campus Enrichment Scholarships recognize the perspectives of first-generation college students, those outside the university’s geographic area and those committed to bringing cultural and intellectual diversity to campus. Other scholarship programs include: Arts Merit, Bucknell Women in Science & Engineering, Dean’s, FIRST and Mathematics Scholarships, Presidential Fellowships and PwC Scholarships. The Bucknell Community College Scholars Program provides full-tuition scholarships and mentorship for select transfer students from five partner community colleges.

Student Life & Support Career Development Center

The Career Development Center at Bucknell provides advising, networking, mock interviews, internship support and employer fairs. The placement rate for recent graduates is consistently high: 96% of the Class of 2015 was employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school or volunteering within nine months of graduation. Bucknell is ranked #3 among best-value liberal arts colleges for alumni mid-career salary (PayScale 2016).

Mentoring Mentoring – GenFirst!@BU

At Bucknell, many of our faculty, staff and alumni are the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university. The GenFirst!@BU Mentoring Program facilitates relationships between first-generation students and first-generation faculty and/or staff who have offered to provide assistance and support throughout your years at Bucknell. You’ll have opportunities to connect and network with your mentor and other mentees at campus programs. Plus, at least twice a semester, you’ll share a meal with your mentor to touch base about your Bucknell transition, academics, social life, etc. Mentors know a lot about Bucknell, and they know what it’s like to be a first-generation student.

Student Diversity

  • 3,600
  • 48/52
  • 12%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 6%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 77%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • <1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 7%

Student Success

  • 93%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 90%
    Six-year graduation
  • 91%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 93%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 350
    Full-time faculty
  • 62
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Management, Political Science, Psychology, Biology, English

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, Hillel, Chinese Cultural Association, Japan Society, Middle Eastern Student Association, Muslim Student Association, OHLAS, Burmese Cultural Association, Bucknell African Student Association, Korean Cultural Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $51,676
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $284
    Required Fees
  • $12,718
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $54,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $35,500
    Average aid package
  • $22,600
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 10%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 62%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 52%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 10,487
    # of applicants
  • 30%
  • 3.52
    Average HS GPA
  • 30
    ACT Composite
  • 590—670
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 610—710
    SAT Math
  • 590—690
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $40
    Application Fee
  • $40
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15,1/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date