To apply to Bucknell University, you'll choose either the Coalition Application (powered by Scoir) 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.

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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

Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone on the dates indicated above.

Application Fee

Bucknell's application fee is $50. This nonrefundable fee is paid electronically through the Coalition Application (powered by Scoir) 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 Coalition Application (powered by Scoir) or Coalition Application.

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.

Deadline Extensions Available

Our thoughts are with families affected by recent disasters and civil unrest around the world.

To help remove some concerns for students in these areas, Bucknell will offer an application deadline extension, as well as an application fee waiver.

For applicants with internet access who are able to do so, please email for assistance. For those without internet access at this time, we will continue to accept applications after our deadline.

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Through our robust merit scholarship program, we invest in students who are talented, inquisitive and equipped to make the next big breakthrough. In order to be considered for a merit scholarship, you must apply using the scholarship application. 

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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

Note to Applicants

Bucknell University reserves the right to evaluate an application and make a final decision, even if all parts of the application have not been received. Bucknell University may be required to report incidents of abuse that are disclosed in applications.

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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?

More tips for writing a strong application essay

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.
  • Be yourself! We look forward to meeting you through your application.

How to check your application status

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Early Decision I & Early Decision II

Bucknell's Early Decision I and Early Decision II programs are binding.  

As an Early Decision applicant, you'll receive one of the following three outcomes (by mid-December for EDI or by mid-February for EDII):

  • You are admitted into Bucknell. You are obligated to accept our offer of admission, meaning that if you've applied to other colleges and universities, you'll need to withdraw your candidacy from those schools.
  • Your application is moved to Regular Decision consideration. You are no longer bound by the Early Decision binding agreement. We'll post our final decision to your online application portal on or before April 1. We encourage you to inform us of any new academic, extracurricular or personal achievements that might help us with the decision. Please share those materials by emailing them to
  • Your application has been denied. You cannot re-apply to Bucknell until the next academic cycle. Your application will not be given Regular Decision consideration.

Early Decision Agreement Forms

We prefer that you submit your Early Decision Agreement Form at the same time your application is submitted using the forms available through the Coalition App and Common App.

If you decide after submitting your Regular Decision application to Bucknell that you would like to change to Early Decision I or II, you may use either the Common Application ED Agreement or the Coalition Application ED Agreement, linked below.



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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 educational modifications made by their high school. We've adjusted our admissions policies in the following ways:

  • Expanding our test optional policy for the 2021-22 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 2021 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 OK 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.

Contact Details

Office of Admissions


One Dent Drive


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