Bucknell University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$53,692

3.9% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$37,817

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

2.13%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

31.1%

10,253 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

3,678

98.6% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

90.4%

828 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 (125 degrees awarded), General Psychology (71 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (63 degrees).

In 2017, 1,061 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bucknell University. 54.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (824 degrees), 12.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (67 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bucknell University is $53,692, which is $28,498 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bucknell University is $53,692, which is $28,498 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $37,817.

In 2017, 53% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$53,692

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Bucknell University was $53,692. The cost of tuition at Bucknell University is $28,498 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$37,817

2017 Value

10.1%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Bucknell University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $37,817. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Bucknell University grew by 10.1%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,656

Room and Board

$900

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bucknell University was of $12,656 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 56.1% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

53%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

33%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

53% of undergraduate students at Bucknell University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, 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.

2.13%

2016 Default Rate

10

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Bucknell University was 2.13%, which represents 10 out of the 469 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Bucknell University received 10,253 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 2.23% annual decline. Out of those 10,253 applicants, 3,187 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 31.1% acceptance rate.

There were 3,678 students enrolled at Bucknell University in 2017, and 59% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bucknell University has an overall enrollment yield of 30.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

31.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

3,187

Accepted Out of 10,253

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bucknell University was 31.1% (3,187 admissions from 10,253 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 29.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -2.23%, while admissions grew by 1.56%.

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SAT Scores

59%

Submission Percentage

573

Scores Submitted

59% of enrolled first-time students at Bucknell University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bucknell University has a total enrollment of 3,678 students. The full-time enrollment at Bucknell University is 3,628 students and the part-time enrollment is 50. This means that 98.6% of students enrolled at Bucknell University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bucknell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.5% White, 6.8% Hispanic or Latino, 5.03% Asian, 4.08% Two or More Races, 3.48% Black or African American, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bucknell University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (37.7%), followed by White Male (36.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (3.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (30.2%), followed by White Female (23.3%) and Two or More Races Male (4.65%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

98.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bucknell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,678 students. The full-time enrollment at Bucknell University is 3,628 and the part-time enrollment is 50. This means that 98.6% of students enrolled at Bucknell University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

94%

2017 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 94%. 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

    2,702

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    250

  3. Asian

    185

The enrolled student population at Bucknell University is 73.5% White, 6.8% Hispanic or Latino, 5.03% Asian, 4.08% Two or More Races, 3.48% Black or African American, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 11 students (0.299%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 99 more women than men received degrees from Bucknell University. The majority of degree recipients at Bucknell University are white (824 degrees awarded). There were 12.3 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (67 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bucknell University is General Economics (125 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (71 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (63 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 (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (268 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (15 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Other managers (507,121 people), Software developers (377,348 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (344,959 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (305,964 people), and Civil engineers (232,158 people).

The most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Language & Linguistics (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (268 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (15 degrees), Engineering (173 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (24 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 Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Sales managers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Language & Linguistics (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (268 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (15 degrees), Engineering (173 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (24 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 Computer Systems Design (516,847 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (435,728 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (415,018 people), Elementary & secondary schools (402,324 people), and Construction (317,387 people).

The most specialized majors at Bucknell University are Language & Linguistics (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (268 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (15 degrees), Engineering (173 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (24 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 125 degrees awarded

  2. 71 degrees awarded

  3. 63 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bucknell University was General Economics with 125 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 481

  2. 580

In 2017, 481 degrees were awarded to men at Bucknell University, which is 0.829 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (580).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 73 degrees were awarded to men at Bucknell University in General Economics, which is 1.4 times more than the 52 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 59 degrees were awarded to women at Bucknell University in General Psychology, which is 4.21 times more than the 14 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

85%

100% Completion Time

90%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 85% of students graduating from Bucknell University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 90% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Black or African American Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bucknell University is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 0.966% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    824 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    67 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    39 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bucknell University is white (824 degrees awarded). There were 12.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (67 degrees).

0.283% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    454 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    370 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Bucknell University is white female (454 degrees awarded). There were 1.23 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (370 degrees).

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Operations

Bucknell University has an endowment valued at nearly $801M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $103M (12.9%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Bucknell University had a total salary expenditure of $232M. Bucknell University employs 147 Associate professors, 140 Assistant professors, and 121 Professors. Most academics at Bucknell University are Male Associate professors (86), Male Professors(84), and Female Assistant professors (71).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bucknell University are: Service, with 190 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 166 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 128 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$801M

2017 Endowment

10.8%

growth from 2016

Bucknell University has an endowment valued at about $801M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Bucknell University grew 10.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $764M 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. $2.22M - Federal

  2. $314k - State

  3. $144k - Local

As of 2017, Bucknell University received $2.22M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $314k from state grants and contracts, and $144k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$102M

2017 Salaries

3.48%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Bucknell University paid a median of $102M in salaries, which represents 44% of their overall expenditure ($232M) and a 3.48% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.55% growth from 2015 and a 5.09% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$41.4M

Instructional Salaries

412

Number of Employees

In 2017, Bucknell University paid a total of $41.4M to 412 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

147 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

190 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bucknell University were Associate professor with 147 employees; Assistant professor with 140 employees; and Assistant professor with 121 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bucknell University were Service with 190 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 166 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 128 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bucknell University was Male Associate professor with 86 employees, Male Professor with 84 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 71 employees.

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