Our application opens Aug. 1.

To apply to Bucknell University, choose either the Common Application or the Coalition 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.


Early Decision I: Nov. 15

Early Decision II & Regular Decision: Jan. 15

Application Fee

Bucknell's application fee is $40. This nonrefundable fee is paid electronically through the Common Application 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 Common Application or Coalition Application.

Coronavirus and Your Academic Record 

Bucknell's Admissions team understands that a student's academic schedule may be interrupted during this time and will work with families as needed. Please email admissions@bucknell.edu for assistance. 

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.


Through our robust scholarship program, we invest in students who are talented, inquisitive and equipped to make the next big breakthrough. 

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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

Entrance Deferral

A student may elect to defer enrollment for one or two years after being admitted. Requests must be submitted in writing to buenroll@bucknell.edu any time between receipt of an offer of admission and July 10. A nonrefundable deposit will be required to hold this space.

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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?

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 is your best opportunity to meet admissions counselors and get a feel for our campus community.

Office of Admissions


One Dent Drive


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