#9 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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Bucknell University overview
Location Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Online bucknell.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Bucknell University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Bucknell University, nestled in the central Pennsylvania town of Lewisburg, is a private liberal arts college established in 1846. The university is characterized by a picturesque campus boasting a blend of historic and contemporary architecture, set in a rural-suburban environment approximately 60 miles north of Harrisburg. With a strong emphasis on undergraduate education, Bucknell offers a range of academic programs across three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Freeman College of Management, and the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering, in particular, is well-regarded for its rigorous programs. Bucknell is known for its highly selective admissions process, seeking students who will contribute to and benefit from its academic and extracurricular offerings. The university provides a residential campus experience, with a range of housing options to accommodate its predominantly undergraduate student body. While Bucknell maintains a diverse range of varsity athletic teams, known as the Bison, it does not specifically highlight athletics as a defining characteristic of the institution.

In the most recent statistical year 11,707 prospective students applied, and 3,811 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,034 enrolled in the school.  3,760 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 27 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $61,408 plus fees of $338. Bucknell is ranked 71 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Bucknell is rated within the top 16% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Bucknell University overview
SAT 1310/1470
ACT 30/33
GPA 3.62

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Bucknell University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$338
Room and Board $15,358
Budget for Other Expenses$2,166
Total One Year Cost$80,170

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$76,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Bucknell University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 25%
Engineering 14%
Business 12%
Biology 8%
English and Literature 6%

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Last updated February 24, 2024