Prospective Students

Resources and Information for

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It probably started when you were a kid. 

You started questioning why things work the way they do. You began taking apart electronics to see if you could put them back together. You reshot your favorite movie scenes, performed kitchen science experiments or ran a business in your front yard.

In short, you stepped off the beaten path to find your own way.

That journey of learning, and all the experiences and discoveries along the way, has been leading you to something great. 

At Bucknell University, we're ready to help you get there.

Applications Are Open

You can apply to Bucknell using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application — it's your choice. 

Both applications opened in August. For Early Decision II or Regular Decision, your deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.

We review each application personally, looking far deeper than test scores and GPA to find students who are engaged in the world around them and passionately in pursuit of their own distinct purpose.

Class of 2024 Scholarship Applications Are Live

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

Deadlines for scholarship applications are the same as those for admissions applications.  

Learn more and apply

Relive Our Instagram Q&A 

You asked. We answered.

On Dec. 9–11, our Dean of Admissions responded to questions submitted to @BucknellU through Instagram Stories. We received hundreds of questions from prospective students like you, and Kevin Mathes '07 answered as many as he could. 

Rewatch the Instagram Q&A

Still have questions? Contact us at 570-577-3000 or

EDI Decisions Coming Soon

Our Early Decision I deadline was Nov. 15, 2019. Early Decision I applicants will receive their decisions by mail and in the application portal in mid-December.


Explore application requirements, tips and more


Get a Student’s View of Life at Bucknell

Chris Lagana

Chris Lagana '21, a mechanical engineering major from Upper Saddle River, N.J., is sharing his Bucknell story on @iamraybucknell this week.

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7 Tips for Applying

Here are a few things to keep in mind when completing your application to Bucknell. 

  1. Select a college: You'll apply to one of our three colleges: Arts & Sciences, Engineering or the Freeman College of Management. Take a moment to explore the majors and minors within each college. (Note: For the Freeman College of Management, you must be admitted into the college as a first-year student. You can't transfer into the Freeman College later.)
  2. Choose a major … : We'll ask you to select a first-choice major (and a second, if you'd like) and briefly (250 words or less) explain the reason behind your choice.
  3. … or apply undecided: Unsure of your major? There's no penalty for applying undecided; in fact, it's a great way to explore multiple interests. First, select the college to which you're applying. Then choose "undecided" as your first-choice major.
  4. Be yourself: We don't require a Bucknell-specific supplemental essay, but we are eager to see the personal essay you'll submit with the Common or Coalition app. We read these essays closely and enjoy getting to know the real you.
  5. Share your scores — or don't: Bucknell is now test-optional. When applying, you'll select whether you'd like us to consider your SAT and/or ACT scores when we review your application. 
  6. Apply for a scholarship: Through our robust scholarship program, we invest in students who are talented, inquisitive and equipped to make the next big breakthrough. Apply when you apply for admission.  
  7. Remember the deadline: Early Decision II and Regular Decision applications are due by 11:59 p.m. your local time on Jan. 15. 

Learn about applying

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Stop By for a Campus Tour

Take the next step in your college search by taking a first-hand look at Bucknell's beautiful campus.

Your Bucknell visit typically begins with a 30-minute preview session, which offers an overview of the academic, social and cultural experiences that await you here. After that, take a campus tour to explore our labs, learning spaces and living areas. 

You'll also want to visit downtown Lewisburg — just steps from campus. Stroll past historic buildings, dine at a locally owned restaurant or browse Bucknell's three-story downtown bookstore.

You can also begin exploring Bucknell right now with a virtual tour.

Schedule a visit online

Here’s the Open House Lineup

  • Gateway to Bucknell Open House

  • Admitted Student Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House