Bucknell values the perspective of home-schooled students. At Bucknell, your professors become mentors as they challenge you to be an innovative, creative and active learner.
Home-schooled applicants submit the same application and testing as other students, but we require additional writing samples.
In academic year 2019-20, Bucknell began a five-year pilot program where students are not required to submit an SAT or ACT score as part of their application.
For the 2023–24 application cycle, our test-optional policy applies to all applicants, including athletes, home-schooled students and international students.
We encourage home-schooled students to enroll in a college summer program during the summer before their senior year of high school, or enroll in a college course while in high school during their junior year or first semester of their senior year.
Please note that all students who choose to enroll at Bucknell will be required to submit an SAT or ACT score before they begin their first year. If students choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores with the application, the scores will not be used in the admissions decision. However, they will be used in the assessment of the test-optional program. If you have never taken the SAT or ACT and do not have scores available, you will not be required to submit a score upon enrollment.