Apply to Bucknell University
An application to Bucknell is an application to a new kind of education — one where learning isn't limited to a classroom and investigation is encouraged. Where your classmates are more than people in a classroom — they are your companions on a quest to discover new truths and invent new possibilities.
At Bucknell University, you can become the most brilliant, most adventurous, most authentic you.
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.
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.
To be considered for a merit scholarship, you must apply using the scholarship application. The deadline for the scholarship application is the same as the application deadline for your admissions round.
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.
Bucknell's application fee is $50. This nonrefundable fee is paid electronically through the Coalition Application (powered by Scoir) or Common 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 Common Application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. For those without internet access at this time, we will continue to accept applications after our deadline.
We are here to help.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
COVID-19 and Your Academic Record
Bucknell understands that high schools across the globe have handled the pandemic differently. This may include various methods of instruction, grading and alterations to school calendars. We also understand that some extracurricular opportunities, including summer experiences, were canceled and others modified. The Admissions Office 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, or for their extracurricular activities being different than what they were before the pandemic.
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