Bucknell Academy Summer Experience

June 26 – July 1, 2022

Bertrand Library at dusk

What is BASE?

At BASE, the Bucknell Academy Summer Experience, rising high school juniors and seniors spend a week living like a college student.

You'll stay in our residence halls, attend classes taught by Bucknell professors and develop problem-solving skills designed to help you make an impact on the world.

BASE participants join Bucknell faculty and students to find innovative solutions to pressing issues. Perhaps you'll team up with environmental engineers and global managers to create better technology for clean water. Or maybe you'll collaborate with performing artists and biomedical engineers to reimagine prosthetics used by actors or musicians.

Reach into your imagination and solve problems in innovative ways. It all starts at Bucknell.

Applications for BASE 2022 open in February 2022.

The next edition of the Bucknell Academy Summer Experience will be held from Sunday, June 26, to Friday, July 1, 2022.

BASE 2022 will be in person, focusing on the theme of the Anthropocene Age — how have humans permanently impacted the planet and what can we do about it?

The BASE 2022 application will go live in February, so we invite you to return to this page then.


Apply to BASE

Application opens February 2022

Details about BASE

When is BASE?
The next Bucknell Academy Summer Experience will take place June 26 through July 1, 2022.

Who is eligible?
High school students who will be rising juniors or seniors are welcome to apply. We're looking for applicants with a strong academic record, who enjoy collaborating and leading, and have a genuine interest in the liberal arts and creative problem-solving.

How do I apply?
Begin by completing the online BASE application, which will go live in February. The application deadline is May 1, 2022. There is no application fee.

How are students selected?
We'll review applications on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2022.

How much does it cost?
The fee is $1,500, which includes housing, meals and learning materials.

A limited number of applicants may receive financial aid based on need. Applicants interested in aid should ask their school counselor to write a letter attesting to the student's need. Please send questions to BASE@bucknell.edu.

What do BASE participants do?

You will:

  • Attend classes led by faculty from a variety of departments.
  • Learn to consider similar ideas from different academic perspectives.
  • Collaborate and present your ideas.
  • Connect with Bucknell faculty, staff and current students.
  • Stay in a campus residence hall and eat meals in the dining hall.

What's a typical day at BASE?

We don't like to share a detailed itinerary, because part of the experience is your journey into the unknown alongside your fellow BASE participants. But we can share that the days generally begin at 8 a.m. and end by 10 p.m. 

Your schedule may include a faculty or an alumni speaker, group discussions, reflection, presentations, college advice and fun opportunities to get to know our campus, our community and other BASE participants.

Here's a sample schedule:

8–8:45 a.m. — Breakfast
8:50–10:10 a.m. — Class with faculty member
10:15–11 a.m. — Group discussion and reflection time
11 a.m.–noon — Work on group presentation
Noon–1 p.m. — Lunch
1–2:30 p.m. — Keynote speaker
2:30–4 p.m. — Class with faculty
4–4:30 p.m. — Journal reflection
4:30–5:30 p.m. — Downtime
5:30–6:30 p.m. — Dinner
7–8:30 p.m. — Fun activities
8:30–10 p.m. — Board games and hanging out
10:15 p.m. — Bed

More questions?

Please contact:

Office of Admissions

Contact Details

Office of Admissions


One Dent Drive


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