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Bucknell Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Bucknell University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
31.1%
Admission Difficulty for Bucknell University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Bucknell and can I get accepted? The school has a 31% acceptance rate. Last year, 3,187 out of 10,253 applicants were admitted making Bucknell a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 12 percent. Bucknell University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Bucknell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1310-1470
Applicants Submitting SAT
66%
SAT Scores for Bucknell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for Bucknell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1470
Average SAT Score 1390

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Bucknell University?

Bucknell University typically requires applicants to be in the top 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1230. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1390 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Bucknell University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1470 and Above Good >43%
1390 to 1470 Avg + 31%-43%
1310 to 1390 Avg - 21%-31%
1230 to 1310 Reach 13%-21%
Less than 1230 Low <13%
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Bucknell ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
53%
ACT Scores for Bucknell University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Bucknell University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Bucknell?

Admission data indicates that Bucknell regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Bucknell University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Bucknell University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >48%
29 to 31 Avg + 31%-48%
28 to 29 Avg - 24%-31%
27 to 28 Reach 18%-24%
Less than 27 Low <18%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.54
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Bucknell University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Bucknell University was 3.54 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Bucknell will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Bucknell University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 30% Good
3.50 to 3.75 25% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 27% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 13% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

62% of Bucknell University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Bucknell University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 62%
Top 25% of class 87%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Bucknell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,863 5,390 10,253
Accepted 1,643 1,544 3,187
Acceptance Rate 34% 29% 31%
Enrolled 499 474 973
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 31% 31%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Bucknell University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Bucknell University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Bucknell University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211291 IPEDS survey data for Bucknell University.