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.

How to Apply

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

Applications for Bucknell's Class of 2026 opened on Aug. 1, 2021. The first deadline (Early Decision I) was Nov. 15, 2021. Early Decision II and Regular Decision applications are due by Jan. 15, 2022.

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.

See the full application timeline

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    Get a Student’s View of Life at Bucknell

    Each week on @iamraybucknell, our student-run Instagram account, a different student takes over to give you an unfiltered look at life at Bucknell. This week, you'll meet Kelly Karpovich '23, a mathematics major from Schuylkill Haven, Pa.

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    Take a Fresh Look at the Campus Scene

    Bucknell's TikTok account features regular takeovers by students who can share their Bucknell experience in interesting ways.

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Virtually Limitless

You control the action inside the Bucknell Virtual Experience — the newest way to explore Bucknell using your computer, smartphone or an Oculus virtual reality headset.

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I knew immediately that there was a place for me at Bucknell because here was this professor who was doing the exact thing I was interested in. Knowing from before day one that there was a mentor I could learn from made me feel at home.

Emily Scholfield ’22, biology and philosophy

Contact Details

Office of Admissions


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