Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

At Bucknell, we're looking for curious and clever students — even those whose college journey didn't begin here.

We invite students from community colleges and four-year schools to join our collaborative community of engineers and explorers, artists and altruists, leaders and innovators.

When you apply to Bucknell as a transfer student, we examine your application personally, considering both your experience in high school and in college. We look at grades, recommendations, community service and beyond-the-classroom experience to gain a full understanding of everything that makes you unique.


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Application Deadlines

Semester enrollingApplication deadlineDecisions available
FallMarch 15Mid-May
SpringNov. 1Mid-Dec.

How to Apply

Start with either the Common App or Coalition App.

Common App for Transfer StudentsCoalition App for Transfer Students
  • Transfer College Report
  • Transfer Mid-term Report
  • Academic Evaluation for Transfers
  • Transfer Report
  • College Curriculum Report
  • Recommendation
  • Submit your personal essays electronically through the application website you choose.

  • Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee electronically when you apply — or request a fee waiver through the application website.

Note: If you have previously applied to Bucknell or if the fee presents a hardship, this fee may be waived. Submit your request to

Next, send all of the following materials to by the application deadline:

  • Transfer college course descriptions: Brief descriptions of all courses taken in college, or a syllabus if a course description is not available.
  • Official transcript of each college attended
  • Official secondary school transcript (high school record)
    • If the applicant has previously applied to Bucknell, these files may be retrieved from our records.
  • SAT/ACT scores (optional): For students who choose to submit test scores, Bucknell will accept self-reported test scores. Applicants may self-report SAT/ACT scores on their Common or Coalition Application for admissions consideration. If an applicant is offered admission and enrolls, an official copy of the SAT/ACT scores will be required. Note: Students required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE or DET scores must have official score reports sent to the Transfer Admissions Office.

If English is not your first language or if it was not the primary language of instruction for at least three years of your secondary school education:

  • TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson English Test (PTE) or Duolingo English Test (DET) scores
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based exam and 600 on the paper-based exam; minimum IELTS score of 7; minimum PTE score of 68; minimum DET score of 130. Entrance exam results should be submitted by our application deadlines.

If you're applying for financial aid:

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  • International students, please refer to the "Requirements for International Transfer Students" found below

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Requirements for International Transfer Students

TOEFL / IELTS / PTE / DET Test Scores

Applicants 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 are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson English Test (PTE) or Duolingo English Test (DET) scores.

This requirement can be waived by permission; please ask your school counselor or school official to send a written waiver request to for consideration.

Minimum Scores

  • TOEFL: 100 on the internet-based exam and 600 on the paper-based exam

  • IELTS: 7

  • PTE: 68

  • DET: 130

Entrance exam results should be submitted by our application deadlines.

Please note that it takes two to four weeks for Bucknell to receive official test scores from the testing agency.

Submitting IELTS Scores Electronically

Below is the exact information applicants should provide to their test centers when requesting scores to be sent to Bucknell University:

Account name: Bucknell University Undergraduate Admissions
Address: One Dent Drive
City: Lewisburg
State: PA
ZIP code: 17837

Finance Requirements

Applicants requiring a student visa to study in the U.S. are required to submit proof of financial support. All finance documents must be received for an application to be reviewed.

All finance documents for non-U.S. citizens should be submitted to the Office of Admissions by Nov. 1 for spring and March 15 for fall consideration.

Note: Because of Bucknell's exceptional retention rate, financial aid is extremely limited for international transfer students.

Bank Statement

All international applicants must submit a certified bank statement (see a sample) along with either the Financial Certification Document or the ISAFA.

Financial Certification Document

If you are not applying for financial aid, you must submit the Financial Certification Document along with certified original bank statements (showing U.S. dollar amount).

Please understand that, due to limited funding, students who do not receive financial aid during their first year will not be offered aid in subsequent years.

International Student Application for Financial Assistance (ISAFA)

International students who apply for financial aid must submit the ISAFA along with documentation to verify parental income information, including a certified original bank statement (showing U.S. dollar amount).

Contact Details

Office of Admissions


Monday – Friday: 08:30 a.m. - 04:30 p.m.
Saturday: Varies
Sunday: Closed