Bucknell considers transfer student applications for either fall or spring semesters. A student may transfer to Bucknell with no less than 15 semester hours and no more than 80 semester hours of college work. To earn a Bucknell degree, a student must spend at least three semesters in residence at Bucknell and complete at least 12 Bucknell courses (48 semester hours). Therefore, students who have completed more than the equivalent of 2 and 1/2 years of college work are not eligible for transfer to Bucknell.

A 3.0 (A=4.0) or better GPA (grade point average) is typically expected of students who apply for transfer admission. The mean GPA of accepted transfer students is a 3.4.

TOEFL or IELTS is required for non-native English speaking applicants; minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based exam and 600 on the paper-based exam; minimum IELTS score of 7.

Except for unique cases, first-year students should not apply for mid-year admission; instead, these students should plan to complete their freshman years and seek sophomore admission to Bucknell.

There are certain fields of study and degree programs for which admission is highly selective. Admissions decisions for these programs involve consultation between the Office of Admissions and the respective faculty departments, as transfer candidates must compete with all returning Bucknell students for approval as majors. This is subject to review each semester.