Bucknell University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$57,882
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$39,359
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.873%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
37.5%
9,890 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
3,726
99.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
87.8%
824 Graduates

About

Bucknell University is a higher education institution located in Union County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Bucknell University were General Economics (104 degrees awarded), General Political Science & Government (92 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (60 degrees).

In 2020, 1,022 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bucknell University. 52.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (759 degrees), 12.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (61 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bucknell University is $57,882, which is $29,482 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bucknell University is $57,882, which is $29,482 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $39,359.

In 2020, 51% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 32% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$57,882
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Bucknell University was $57,882. The cost of tuition at Bucknell University is $29,482 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$39,359
2020 Value
0.339%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Bucknell University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $39,359. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Bucknell University grew by 0.339%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,174
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bucknell University was of $14,174 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 3.75% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
32%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

51% of undergraduate students at Bucknell University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 3.77% with respect to 2019, when 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.873%
2018 Default Rate
4
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Bucknell University was 0.873%, which represents 4 out of the 458 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Bucknell University received 9,890 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 0.457% annual growth. Out of those 9,890 applicants, 3,712 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 37.5% acceptance rate.

There were 3,726 students enrolled at Bucknell University in 2020, and 54% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bucknell University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

37.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
3,712
Accepted Out of 9,890

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bucknell University was 37.5% (3,712 admissions from 9,890 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 34.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 0.457%, while admissions grew by 10.1%.

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SAT Scores

54%
Submission Percentage
530
Scores Submitted

54% of enrolled first-time students at Bucknell University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bucknell University has a total enrollment of 3,726 students. The full-time enrollment at Bucknell University is 3,715 students and the part-time enrollment is 11. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Bucknell University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bucknell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.9% White, 6.66% Hispanic or Latino, 4.88% Asian, 4.29% Two or More Races, 3.92% Black or African American, 0.0537% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0268% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Bucknell University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (39.7%), followed by White Male (35.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.58%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (34.5%), followed by White Male (24.1%) and Asian Female (10.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bucknell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,726 students. The full-time enrollment at Bucknell University is 3,715 and the part-time enrollment is 11. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Bucknell University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

92%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Bucknell University was 92%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Bucknell University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,789
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    248
  3. Asian
    182

The enrolled student population at Bucknell University is 74.9% White, 6.66% Hispanic or Latino, 4.88% Asian, 4.29% Two or More Races, 3.92% Black or African American, 0.0537% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0268% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2020, 42 more women than men received degrees from Bucknell University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bucknell University is white (759 degrees awarded). There were 12.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (61 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bucknell University is General Economics (104 degrees awarded), followed by General Political Science & Government (92 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (60 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Bucknell University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (53 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (22 degrees), and Social Sciences (265 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (404,587 people), Other managers (284,312 people), Postsecondary teachers (205,562 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (203,334 people), and Secondary school teachers (142,241 people).

The most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Language & Linguistics (53 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (22 degrees), Social Sciences (265 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees), and English (50 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Dentists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Language & Linguistics (53 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (22 degrees), Social Sciences (265 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees), and English (50 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Elementary & secondary schools (532,718 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (418,797 people), Legal services (318,459 people), Computer Systems Design (219,376 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (195,679 people).

The most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Language & Linguistics (53 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (22 degrees), Social Sciences (265 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees), and English (50 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bucknell University.
Most Common
  1. 104 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 92 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 60 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bucknell University was General Economics with 104 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

490
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
532
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 490 degrees were awarded to men at Bucknell University, which is 0.921 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (532).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 68 degrees were awarded to men at Bucknell University in General Economics, which is 1.89 times more than the 36 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 41 degrees were awarded to women at Bucknell University in General Psychology, which is 5.86 times more than the 7 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

85%
100% Completion Time
88%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 85% of students graduating from Bucknell University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 88% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 89% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bucknell University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.243% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    759 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    61 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    53 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bucknell University is white (759 degrees awarded). There were 12.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (61 degrees).

0.294% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    392 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    367 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    33 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bucknell University is white female (392 degrees awarded). There were 1.07 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (367 degrees).

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Operations

Bucknell University has an endowment valued at nearly $845M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.38M (0.163%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Bucknell University had a total salary expenditure of $238M. Bucknell University employs 138 Assistant professors, 130 Professors, and 130 Associate professors. Most academics at Bucknell University are Male Professors (84), Male Assistant professors(77), and Male Associate professors (70).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bucknell University are: Service, with 173 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 133 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 125 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$845M
2020 Endowment
2.55%
decline from 2019

Bucknell University has an endowment valued at about $845M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Bucknell University declined 2.55% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $805M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.01M - Federal
  2. $373k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Bucknell University received $5.01M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $373k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$108M
2020 Salaries
1.11%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Bucknell University paid a median of $108M in salaries, which represents 45.6% of their overall expenditure ($238M) and a 1.11% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.58% growth from 2018 and a 3.6% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$41.6M
Instructional Salaries
398
Number of Employees

In 2020, Bucknell University paid a total of $41.6M to 398 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
138 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
173 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bucknell University were Assistant professor with 138 employees; Professor with 130 employees; and Professor with 130 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bucknell University were Service with 173 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 133 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 125 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bucknell University was Male Professor with 84 employees, Male Assistant professor with 77 employees, and Male Associate professor with 70 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Bucknell University.

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