Prospective Students

Resources and Information for

Students painting at 7th Street Studio

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.

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

Early Decision II Applicants

We will release admissions decisions for Early Decision II applicants in mid-February through your online application checklist.

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.


Get a Student’s View of Life at Bucknell

Kareen George picture

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 Kareen George '22, a political science and literary studies double-major from the Island of Dominica.

Students and family arriving at open house

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 Open House

  • Gateway to Bucknell Open House

  • Admitted Student Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House


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