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Bucknell University

Though it's a liberal arts college, Bucknell also boasts strong engineering, science, and business programs. The university's roughly 3,500 students choose from about 60 majors, among them East Asian studies, neuroscience, and managing for sustainability. All classes are taught by faculty, not graduate students, and they tend to be small, with an average class size of 20 people. Players on the school's Division I teams excel academically, as well: The graduation rate for athletes is among the nation's highest. At the historic, tree-filled campus which sits on a branch of the Susquehanna River, Greek life and student government tend to dominate. Every January, Bucknell freshmen celebrate the end of their first semester with First Night, an event during which they present their newly designed class crest and serenade the university president at his home. Students also join faculty and staff at the Chrysalis Ball, an annual party that has included performers like Sean Kingston and Shaggy.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Bucknell is offering most courses in-person and debuting a program called "My Herd," through which it'll form small communities focused on accountability and health monitoring. Face coverings are required in public spaces on campus, and social distancing is expected of everyone.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$74,400
% of students who get any grants
54%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$37,900
Average price for low-income students
$23,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
33%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1340/30
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
3,580
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
92%
% of students who get merit* grants
10%
Average merit grant
$14,440
student success
Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$26,800
Average salary within 5 years
$63,400
% earning more than $28,000
90%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Bucknell is offering most courses in-person and debuting a program called "My Herd," through which it'll form small communities focused on accountability and health monitoring. Face coverings are required in public spaces on campus, and social distancing is expected of everyone.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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