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.

Welcome, Early Decision Admitted Students!

Congratulations, and welcome to the Class of 2024! Check your application portal for the next steps, and we hope to see you at Enrolled Student Day on March 21.  

Check Your Application Status

Regular Decision applicants: We'll post a decision to your portal by April 1.

Check your application status

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Get a Student’s View of Life at Bucknell

Our student-run Instagram account offers a fresh perspective on what it's like to experience Bucknell.

Each week, we give the @iamraybucknell password to a different student. This week, follow Effiem Obasi '20, a psychology major from Gardena, Calif.

Follow Effiem's journey

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Stop By for a Visit

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

Take a campus tour — offered Monday through Saturday — or dive deeper at an open house, offered in the spring and fall.

Campus visits at Bucknell typically begin 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.

Schedule a visit online

Here’s the Open House Lineup

  • Enrolled Student Day

  • Gateway to Bucknell Open House

  • Admitted Student Day

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House

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Relive Our Instagram Q&A 

You asked. We answered.

Prospective students asked us questions about campus life, financial aid, study abroad, test scores and which factors make applications stand out the most.

Our Dean of Admissions responded to these questions and more on @BucknellU, our official Instagram account. 

Rewatch the Instagram Q&A

How to Apply

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

These applications will open in August, with the first deadline (Early Decision I) on Nov. 15, 2020. We'll 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.


Explore application requirements, tips and more

Ryan Bailis in front of Facebook sign.

When I was applying to college, I was really looking for a school where you have the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. What's amazing about Bucknell is how many students adopt this mindset. So many of my friends are musicians, dancers and/or athletes — and they're amazing scholars as well!

Ryan Bailis '21, computer engineering and management

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)