First Year Applications

  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 15
  • Regular Decision: January 15 

Transfer Applications

  • Spring, 2022 - November 1, 2021 - CLOSED - Not accepting applications for this term.
  • Fall, 2022 - March 15, 2022

 Required Application Materials

Bucknell is test-optional for most applicants, meaning you decide whether to include SAT or ACT scores when applying.  For the 2020-21 application cycle, recruited athletes, home-schooled and international applicants may choose to be test-optional because of challenges applicants may face in taking standardized testing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This policy change will be re-evaluated at the end of the 2020-21 application cycle. 

If the applicant chooses to submit test scores, they may submit self-reported SAT/ACT scores for admissions consideration. If an applicant is offered admission and enrolls, an official copy of the SAT/ACT scores will be required. 

Please note:

  • Bucknell will select the highest result presented from the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math portions of the SAT.
  • SAT Subject Test results are not required for admission; however, students may submit their SAT Subject Test scores as supplemental information to their application. Bucknell does recommend the test in foreign language for any student planning to enroll in foreign language coursework.
  • Bucknell University SAT & ACT Codes (CEEB): SAT: 205, ACT: 3528

English Language Testing

Applicants for whom English is not the first language or whose primary language of instruction for at least three years of secondary school was not English are required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or DET (Duolingo English Test) scores. This requirement can be waived by permission; please ask your school counselor or school official to send a written waiver request to for consideration.

Score requirements:

  • Minimum TOEFL score is 100 on the internet-based exam (iBT) and 600 on the paper-based exam.
  • Minimum IELTS score is 7.
  • Minimum PTE score is 68.
  • Minimum DET score is 120.



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Financial Aid

Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid wants you to know that your investment in your education will pay off. Year after year, the value of a Bucknell education is highly rated by Payscale and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, both for starting salaries and for 30-year return on investment.

More than half of our students receive Bucknell financial assistance. We’re here to help you understand all of your options and guide you through the process of applying for scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities.

We consider each family's financial circumstances on an individual basis. If your circumstances remain relatively constant from year to year, you apply by the deadline and you maintain satisfactory academic progress, we will award you need-based aid at about the same level each year.

The average total need-based financial aid package for a student in the Class of 2024 is $41,000, including need-based grants and scholarships, loans and work-study.
About 54 percent of students receive financial aid from Bucknell, and 63 percent receive financial aid of some form.
The average federal student loan total upon graduation for those in the Class of 2020 who borrowed is about $21,000.
Through our robust scholarship program, we invest in students who are talented, inquisitive and equipped to make the next big breakthrough. Applicants can nominate themselves for merit-based scholarships here.

Bucknell offers an education that provides lifelong personal and career benefits. The mean starting salary for graduates in the Class of 2019 is $60,560. An impressive 95% of the Class of 2019 reported successful outcomes within nine months of graduation (includes employment, graduate school or volunteering).

Important note: If you are applying for Bucknell University financial aid, you must submit your CSS Profile* by Nov. 15 for Early Decision I and Jan. 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applications. To apply for federal financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  *Non-US citizens must submit a certified bank statement and either the CSF (if not applying for aid) or the ISFAA (if applying for aid) by the deadlines noted above.  

See more financial aid stats and information on how to apply for aid at: You can also visit our Net Price Calculator: