Application & Secondary School Transcripts

  • Apply using the Common Application ( by November 15 for Early Decision I and January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision
  • Common Application personal essay must be submitted electronically through the Common Application website
  • Pay the non-refundable $40 application fee or request a fee waiver through the Common Application site
  • Official secondary school transcript (at least 3 years) in certified English translations, if applicable
  • Mid-year Report and/or copy of your updated transcript, if applicable
  • Common Application secondary school report with one school counselor recommendation in English; if you don’t have a school counselor, we would prefer a recommendation from the principal or head of school
  • Common Application teacher evaluation form in English
  • Early Decision Agreement form, including all required signatures (for early decision applicants only)
  • Copy of biographical photo page of passport

Entrance Examinations

  • Official SAT or ACT test scores are required. Please instruct the testing agency to report your scores to Bucknell. Emailed, faxed and unofficial copies of your SAT or ACT scores will not be considered. Bucknell will accept current and redesigned SAT scores (beginning in spring 2016) for admissions consideration. Applicants may submit scores from either test.
    – SAT code: 2050
    – ACT code: 3528
  • Applicants for whom English is not the first language or whose primary language of instruction for at least three years of secondary school was not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement can be waived by permission; please ask your school counselor or school official to send a written waiver request to for consideration
    – Minimum TOEFL score is 100 on the internet-based exam (iBT) and 600 on the paper-based exam
    – Minimum IELTS score is 7

Finances & Financial Aid

Confidential Statement of Finances (CSF)
If you are not applying for financial aid, you must submit the CSF along with certified original bank statements. Please understand that due to limited funding, students who do not receive financial aid during their first year will not be offered aid in subsequent years.

International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA)

  • To be considered for financial aid, you must submit the ISFAA along with documentation to verify parental income information, including a certified original bank statement (showing U.S. dollar amount).
  • The ISFAA should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, not the Office of Financial Aid.
  • The ISFAA must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by November 15 for Early Decision I and January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

Required for Canadian and U.S. applicants only. The ISFAA is not required for Canadian applicants.

*NOTE: Financial documents must be received for your application to be complete.


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