Q: What am I required to submit in order to be considered for admission to Bucknell University?

In addition to the Common Application, you must submit:

  • $40 (U.S. dollars) application fee submitted with signed application
  • official secondary school transcript in certified English translation
  • SAT or ACT scores. (Bucknell institutional codes are SAT: 2050 and ACT: 3528)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if English is not your first language). Bucknell institutional code: 2050
  • financial information
  • copy of your passport photo page

Please see the application checklist for further details.

Q: Am I required to take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) OR IELTS (INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM)? Is there a cut-off score?

Yes, If English is not your native language we require results from the TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum required TOEFL score is 600 on the paper-based exam (PBT) or 100 on the Internet-based exam (iBT). The minimum required IELTS score is 7.

Please refer to www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org/ to find out more specifics on testing dates and sites.

The English language testing requirement can be waived if you have completed at least three years of high school courses in English and under other circumstances, by permission. To request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, please ask your school counselor or a school official to send a written request to admissions@bucknell.edu.

Q: As an international student, must I take the standardized testing required of U.S. applicants?

Yes, you must take the SAT. We will not review your application unless we have received your scores from the SAT exam.

Q: Does Bucknell University offer financial aid for international students?

Bucknell is interested in enrolling students from all world regions and countries and from all types of socio-economic backgrounds. Some of our international students receive financial support from their families and sponsors. Others rely on funds from Bucknell for part of their tuition, room and board.

Need-based Aid
Bucknell offers significant resources to support international students who are a) admitted to Bucknell and b) demonstrate financial aid need through an application process.

Bucknell financial aid for international students is, however, limited. In each class we consider all applicants for financial assistance, but only a small number of highly qualified international applicants are ultimately chosen to receive financial assistance.

Please be aware that competition is higher for applicants with higher financial need. Bucknell is currently not "need-blind" for international students. A family's financial contribution toward a student's educational costs at Bucknell is therefore part of the admissions decisions, along with the other factors such as academic achievements, standardized test scores, inclinations for leadership and service, unique perspectives and character qualities, special talents and geographic backgrounds.

Merit Aid
A few merit scholarships are awarded each year as well, and all applicants are considered for such awards. There is no separate application process to receive an academic merit award.

Due to yearly increases in tuition and fees, we recommend that students increase the amount of family support by an estimated 3% for each year of study. In order to apply for aid, students must submit a certified original bank statement (including U.S. dollar amount), and complete the Bucknell University International Student Financial Aid Application. The CSS Profile is not required for international students.

Bucknell's deadlines for the International Student Financial Aid Application are: November 15 for Early Decision I, or January 15 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II.

Q: Does Bucknell accept the Common Application from international students?

Yes, we do accept the Common Application.

Q: Is an interview required? How do I schedule a visit to Bucknell University?

No, interviews are not required, but are optional if you are able to visit campus. You can contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (570) 577-3000 or by e-mailing admissions@bucknell.edu.


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