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.

Update About Spring Visits

Bucknell is continuously tracking the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and working to mitigate potential risks it poses. The safety of students — both current and future — as well as our faculty and staff is our top priority. 

As such, we have cancelled:

  • On-campus visits, including tours and preview programs, through April 30, at which point we may adjust our policies to reflect the status of the public health situation
  • Enrolled Student Day (March 21)
  • Gateway to Bucknell (March 28)
  • Admitted Student Day (April 18)

We will be contacting prospective students about virtual visit experiences. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about Bucknell, visit our YouTube channel and follow @iamraybucknell, our student-run Instagram account.

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 Leslie Galvez '20, a global management major from Framingham, Mass.

Follow Leslie's journey

Fall Open House Lineup

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House

  • Admissions Open House

Learn more
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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

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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

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