Home-schooled Students

Bucknell values the perspective of home-schooled students. At Bucknell, your faculty 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 as well as SAT or ACT scores.

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.


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Application Deadlines

Early Decision INov. 15
Early Decision II and Regular DecisionJan. 15


How to Apply

Start with either the Common App or Coalition App.

Personal essays must be submitted electronically through the application website.

Pay the non-refundable $40 application fee or request a fee waiver through the application website.

Home-schooled Student Admission Requirements

  • ACT or SAT scores.*
    • SAT code: 2050
    • ACT code: 3528
  • One graded English paper.
  • One writing sample from another subject.

*While Bucknell is now test-optional for applicants, home-schooled, international (those who do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency) and recruited athletic (due to Patriot League guidelines) applicants are required to submit either an SAT or ACT score.

General Admission Requirements

Foreign Language

All applicants to all of Bucknell's degree programs are required to have completed a minimum of two years of a foreign language (in the same language) in secondary school.

Note: Coursework taken prior to the 9th grade does not count toward the two-year requirement.


All applicants to all of Bucknell's degree programs are required to have completed a minimum of two and one-half years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Engineering applicants and applicants to sciences or mathematics majors are expected to have completed a minimum of three years of college-preparatory mathematics, but their secondary school programs should include as much work in mathematics as possible.


Engineering applicants are required to have one year of either chemistry or physics; however, Bucknell strongly recommends a minimum of three years of science, including chemistry and physics.




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Important Dates

  • Early Decision I application due

  • Early Decision II application due

  • Regular Decision application due

  • Early Decision I deposit due

  • Early Decision II deposit due

  • Regular Decision deposit due

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Saturday & Sunday: Closed