If you are considering submitting an applicationto Bucknell University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $40. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.
Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Bucknell University by April 1.
Bucknell University offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.
The early decision acceptance rate at Bucknell University is 55%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 38%. Last year,, Bucknell University admitted 468 of the 848 students who applied early decison.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Getting into Bucknell University is extremely difficult. Bucknell University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Bucknell University accepted 38% of all applicants., around 3,712 of the 9,890 students who applied.
Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Bucknell University, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, Bucknell University waitlisted 2,942 students. Of those, 1180 eventually got in.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Extracurricular Activities||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Important|
To apply, all applicants to Bucknell University must submit the following items. Double check with Bucknell University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Bucknell University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.
Out of all students that were admitted, 22% submitted a class rank. At Bucknell University 54% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 90% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Bucknell University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||32.35%|
|3.50 and 3.74||28.5%|
|3.25 and 3.49||20.69%|
|3.00 and 3.24||10.34%|
|2.50 and 2.9||1.42%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0%|
|Bucknell University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.|
Bucknell University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 66% of Bucknell University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 32% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Bucknell University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1230 and 1390 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Bucknell University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1390 and 25% of scored lower than 1230, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bucknell University students scored 710 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bucknell University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Bucknell University, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bucknell University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.
A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bucknell University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.
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For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Bucknell University.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 1.
Transfer students can enroll in Bucknell University during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Bucknell University?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Bucknell University.
Does Bucknell University accept transfer credits?
Bucknell University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Bucknell University accepts:
CLEP subject tests
Does Bucknell University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Bucknell University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Bucknell University?
No, Bucknell University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..
How hard is it to get into Bucknell University? Bucknell University is a selective institution. The Bucknell University acceptance rate is 38%. This means that the institution accepts 37 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bucknell University is Jan 15.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bucknell University is Mar 15.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bucknell University is 30. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Bucknell University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Bucknell University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.61. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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