Bucknell Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Bucknell University
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.
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Bucknell SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT67%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||620|
|SAT Math 25th||630|
|SAT Composite 25th||1250|
|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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|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%|
Bucknell ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT43%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||29|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||28|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.54
Typical High School GradesB+
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. 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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||30%||29%||29%|
What are the requirements for admission to Bucknell University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
67% of students submit their SAT scores to Bucknell. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.