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Bucknell Admission Requirements

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Chances of getting into Bucknell University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
33%
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 33% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,352 out of 10,144 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 15 percent. Bucknell University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Bucknell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1250-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
67%
SAT Scores for Bucknell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for Bucknell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Average SAT Score 1340

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Bucknell University typically requires applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1160. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1340 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 67 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Bucknell University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1420 and Above Good >46%
1335 to 1420 Avg + 33%-46%
1250 to 1335 Avg - 22%-33%
1165 to 1250 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 1165 Low <15%
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Bucknell ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
43%
ACT Scores for Bucknell University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Bucknell University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

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 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Bucknell University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Bucknell University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >46%
30 to 32 Avg + 33%-46%
28 to 30 Avg - 22%-33%
26 to 28 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 26 Low <15%
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Bucknell GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Bucknell University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Bucknell. 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. The school ranks #21 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Bucknell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,913 5,231 10,144
Accepted 1,744 1,608 3,352
Acceptance Rate 35% 31% 33%
Enrolled 515 459 974
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 29% 29%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Bucknell University and what student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
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Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

L
Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

S
St John's College

Annapolis, Maryland

G
George Washington University

Washington, District Of Columbia

P
Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Brooklyn, New York

R
Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York

Y
Yeshiva University

New York, New York

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

FAQs

Does Bucknell University prefer SAT or ACT?

67% of students submit their SAT scores to Bucknell. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Bucknell University?

33% of those who apply are granted admission to Bucknell. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Bucknell University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1250 and 1420. 67% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Bucknell University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 32. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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