Welcome to Bucknell's Virtual Welcome Center. We are glad you're here and thank you for taking a closer look at Bucknell.
We know nothing replaces the magic of walking through our picturesque campus, exploring our engaging learning spaces and meeting face to face with our innovative professors. But until you're ready to visit in person, we've built this Virtual Welcome Center so you can explore Bucknell — anytime, anywhere.
Think of it as our Admissions lobby, right on your screen. On this page, you'll find:
The same collection of informative Admissions materials found in our actual lobby, digitized for your convenience
A playlist featuring our favorite Bucknell videos
Photo galleries of campus and student events
Quotes and brief bios of our student ambassadors — all of whom are standing by to answer your questions
The only difference between EDI and EDII is the application deadline: EDI applications are due on Nov. 15, and EDII applications are due on Jan. 15.
Both EDI and EDII require that you, your high school counselor, and parent/legal guardian complete and submit the Early Decision Agreement Form by the deadline.
No, we do not have an Early Action application option. However, if Bucknell is at the top of your list, we would encourage you to apply Early Decision I or Early Decision II.
While grades are an important part of the admissions process, we take a holistic approach to application review. In other words, along with your GPA and standardized test scores (if you choose to include them), we also consider extracurricular activities, volunteerism, charity or mission work, etc.
In short, we invite you to apply to Bucknell, regardless of your GPA.
Your school official should send us your high school transcript and/or progress reports with this information as is, regardless of whether a GPA score is weighted or unweighted. Bucknell recalculates GPAs received so that we can review all applicants on the same scale.
A good way to gauge whether or not your credits might transfer over is to consider the following:
Was the course taken in a college setting and given by a professor?
Is it comparable to a course we currently offer here at Bucknell?
Basically, you have a better chance that a course's credits will transfer over if the course is similar to one offered at Bucknell.
Interviews are not a part of the Bucknell Admissions process, though we welcome calls or emails from you at any time.
Please go to our Plan a Visit page. On this page, you'll find more than just general tour options.
You'll also get details on our upcoming open houses, specific facility tours, visit programs just for high school juniors and seniors, and a chance to take a virtual tour.
Once you've narrowed down how you'd like to experience Bucknell, please click on the "Schedule a visit online" box.
Yes, and we’re one of the few universities that does!
Shuttles are offered during University breaks, such as the beginning and end of each term, fall break and Thanksgiving breaks, and winter and spring breaks.
Shuttles are only for students, staff and faculty. Because of liability concerns, we cannot transport family members or friends.
This is related to an issue with the Common App. We still get the info electronically, so don't worry that your score might not show up right away.
From Nov. 15 to Jan. 15, we often receive more than 50 voicemails and 75 emails a day.
Rest assured that we will do our best to return calls and respond to emails as soon as possible. Please understand, however, that it may take as many as five business days before we can get back to you.
This delay will not affect your application, as long as it was submitted by the deadline date (application materials can arrive after the deadline). Thank you in advance for your patience!
Yes, they can send them via email to our application documents processing team at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please let them know that this email address is strictly for document submission.
Yes! Please email email@example.com to let us know how you want test scores considered in our application review process.
Expert Admissions Advice, Now in a Podcast
Listen to College Admissions Insider, the podcast that delivers helpful strategies for each stage of your college search. Guests include experts in Bucknell's Office of Admissions, but the advice is designed for students interested in any school. New episodes drop every two weeks. Available everywhere you listen to podcasts.
Hometown: Ossining, N.Y. Major: International relations and French (double-major) Why Bucknell: "Out of all the colleges I visited, when I stepped onto the Bucknell campus, I immediately felt welcomed into the community and like I was at home. The students at Bucknell are so kind, and they're all so excited to be at Bucknell, and it's clear to me that the professors are here not to just teach you but to make sure you are really learning the material and to ensure that you're succeeding." Favorite place on campus: The Malesardi Quad. "It is honestly such a beautiful part of campus. Bucknell life can be very busy for some, but whenever I pass by the Quad, I stop for a minute to look at the breathtaking view, and it reminds me to breathe a little." Clubs and organizations: French Club, German Club, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, undergraduate research with Bucknell Institute for Public Policy
Natalie Notz ’22
Hometown: Lake Forest, Ill. Major: Markets, innovation & design Why Bucknell: "I loved the size and the fact that they had D-I sports and a great academic reputation, so I decided to apply. Before I came to Bucknell's campus, I was getting discouraged because all of the other colleges I visited felt all right, but didn't have that 'ah-ha' feeling. When I stepped foot on Bucknell's campus, I felt right at home." Favorite thing about Bucknell: The community. "From students to faculty, everyone has such great energy. They are all willing to help each other succeed, and you will always pass at least three smiles and hellos when walking from point A to B on campus."
Ryan Iwata ’22
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. Major: Environmental engineering Why Bucknell: "Coming from the West Coast, I was looking for something different, and I couldn't be happier about my decision. Every day on campus means another day building connections and friendships with other students, faculty and staff. I took a big leap when I chose to attend Bucknell without ever visiting the campus, and I'm happy to say I would do it all over again." Favorite place on campus: 7th Street Café. "It's more than just a great place to pick up an amazing milkshake. It's also a great place to do work or just relax. There's nothing like grabbing a booth, a drink and just lounging for a couple hours after a hard test or a long day."