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Early Decision I Dates and Deadlines

  • Aug. 1, 2020: Applications open
  • Nov. 15, 2020: EDI application and CSS Profile financial aid application due
  • Mid-December 2020: EDI admissions decisions and EDI financial aid award letters released
  • Mid-January 2021: Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision I

Early Decision II Dates and Deadlines

  • Aug. 1, 2020: Applications open
  • Jan. 15, 2021: EDII application and CSS Profile financial aid application due
  • Mid-February 2021: EDII admissions decisions and EDII financial aid award letters released
  • Early March 2021: Enrollment deposits due for students admitted through Early Decision II

Regular Decision Dates and Deadlines

  • Aug. 1, 2020: Applications open
  • Jan. 15, 2021: RD application and CSS Profile financial aid application due
  • By April 1, 2021: RD admissions decisions and RD financial aid award letters released
  • May 1, 2021: RD deposit due
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Bucknell at a Glance

  • Undergraduate students

  • Students who receive need-based financial aid from Bucknell

    54 %
  • Students who receive financial aid of some kind

    63 %
  • Average federal student loan debt for graduating seniors in the Class of 2020 who borrowed (compared to about $30,000 nationally)

    $ 21,000

Coronavirus and Your Academic Record

Bucknell understands that a student's educational opportunities have been disrupted by COVID-19. We want prospective students to know they won't be at a disadvantage because of how their high school chose to handle the spring and fall 2020 semesters. We've adjusted our admissions policies in the following ways:

  • Expanding our test optional policy for the 2020-21 application cycle to include home school, international students and recruited athletes.
  • Accepting the Duolingo English Test for international students 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.
  • Accepting AP Scores from the spring 2020 examinations.
  • Understanding that high schools across the globe handled the pandemic differently. This may include various methods of instruction, grading and alterations to school calendars. The Admissions Office understands this and will continue to evaluate each student in the context of their high school. No student will be at a disadvantage for how their school decided to continue their education.
  • Understanding that spring extracurricular opportunities were cancelled and fall opportunities will be different. Further, we understand that summer opportunities were largely cancelled or greatly altered given how each community considered how to handle the pandemic. Students will not be penalized or disadvantaged for their extracurricular activities being different than what they were before the pandemic.
  • Understanding that, given all of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, it is okay to focus on your mental health, your family and the things that bring you joy.
  • Understanding that prospective students and their families are making the best decisions for their personal situation.
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