Prospective Students

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Our Early Decision I Deadline Is Nov. 15!

We look forward to reviewing your application as you envision a future at Bucknell!

Find application tips, timelines and important information  

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, and you'll want to apply by Nov. 15, 2019, for Early Decision I. If you're applying 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. 

Learn more and apply


Explore application requirements, tips and more

Fall open house tour

Fall Open House: Nov. 4, 2019

We're opening our doors for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to experience what it's like to live and learn in this place we call home.

At our Fall Open House on Nov. 4, you'll tour state-of-the-art facilities, meet professors and students, and get answers to your most pressing questions. 

Learn more and register

Here's the Lineup

  • Fall Open House

  • Gateway to Bucknell Open House

  • Admitted Student Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House


Get a student's view of life at Bucknell

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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

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Taking ‘Student-Athlete’ Literally


The student-athletes who are members of our 27 Division I athletics teams are as competitive in the classroom as they are on the field, on the court or in the pool. 

According to the NCAA's latest graduation report, Bucknell ranks in the top five nationally with a student-athlete graduation rate of 90%. That's far higher than the national average for Division I athletes (68%) and demonstrates our commitment to helping students enjoy a well-rounded college experience.  

See the report