Our application is now open.

To apply to Bucknell University, choose either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. We encourage each applicant to express their unique personality and diverse array of life experiences through the included essays. We don't require SAT or ACT scores, though you're welcome to submit them if you choose.

See our admission requirements

You must apply to one of our three colleges: The College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering or the Freeman College of Management. All three colleges require the same application.


Early Decision I: Nov. 15

Early Decision II & Regular Decision: Jan. 15

Application Fee

Bucknell's application fee is $40. This nonrefundable fee is paid electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application website.

We don't want this fee to be an impediment to your applying for admission. If you feel that your financial circumstances qualify you for an application fee waiver, please indicate this when you apply through the Common Application or Coalition Application.

Deadline Extensions Available

Our thoughts are with people affected by recent disasters, including the wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington. To help remove some concerns for students in these areas, Bucknell will offer an application deadline extension, as well as an application fee waiver, upon request. Please email admissions@bucknell.edu for assistance.

Enrollment Deposit

New students are required to make a nonrefundable deposit of $500 after they have been admitted to Bucknell. This deposit is credited to the student's first-semester billing.


Through our robust scholarship program, we invest in students who are talented, inquisitive and equipped to make the next big breakthrough. 

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Financial Aid

If college costs are a consideration for your family, we invite you to apply for need-based aid at the same time you apply for admission.

Learn more about financial aid

Bucknell Shield

Undergraduate admission requirements

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Tips for Applying to Bucknell

Admission to Bucknell is based on more than the traditional data points like test scores and GPA — we seek students who are engaged in the world around them and passionately in pursuit of their own distinct purpose.

In your college essays and throughout your application, we urge you to tell us your story: What drives you? What motivates you? What makes you excited to wake up in the morning?

Follow these helpful tips to make sure your application is as strong as possible:

  • SAT Subject Tests are not required, though they will be considered if provided.
  • You need at least two years of one foreign language in high school to be admitted (note: sign language counts as a foreign language).
  • We require at least two-and-a-half years of college-preparatory mathematics for admission.
  • We do not interview prospective students, but we do want to meet you! A campus visit, either virtual or in person, is your best opportunity to get a feel for our campus community.

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 finish the spring 2020 semester. 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 and athletic applicants.
  • 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. 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. 

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Office of Admissions


One Dent Drive


Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Varies
Sunday: Closed