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.

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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.

Deadline Extensions Available

Our thoughts are with people affected by recent disasters, including the wildfires in California and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. To help remove some concerns for students in these areas, Bucknell will offer an application deadline extension, as well as an application fee waiver, upon request. Please email 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.

Class of 2024 Scholarships

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

Learn more and apply

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

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Undergraduate admission requirements

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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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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.

Check Your Application Status

If you've already submitted your application to Bucknell, you can check on the status of your application through our application status portal.

See the application status portal

Office of Admissions


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Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed (though we host campus visits many Saturdays)