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Chances of getting into Bucknell University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
38%
Admission Difficulty for Bucknell University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into Bucknell and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Bucknell is 38%.  It ranks #9 in Pennsylvania and #141 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Bucknell is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 3,712 out of 9,890 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 15 percent (SAT 1250/1430 ACT 28/32). Bucknell University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.61. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Bucknell application fee is $40 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Bucknell University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 67% of students submitted SAT scores and 43% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Bucknell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1250-1430
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 700
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1430
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 prefers 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. Bucknell ranks #8 in Pennsylvania and #89 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 67 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Bucknell University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >54%
1340 to 1430 Avg + 38%-54%
1250 to 1340 Avg - 24%-38%
1160 to 1250 Reach 15%-24%
Less than 1160 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 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Bucknell University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 30
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 and #94 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Bucknell University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >54%
30 to 32 Avg + 38%-54%
28 to 30 Avg - 24%-38%
26 to 28 Reach 15%-24%
Less than 26 Low <15%
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Bucknell GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.61
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 3.61 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #23 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.

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High School GPA's for admitted Bucknell University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 6.69% Good
3.75 to 3.99 32.35% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 28.5% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 20.69% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 10.34% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.42% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

54% 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 54%
Top 25% of class 90%
Top 50% of class 98%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Bucknell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,878 5,012 9,890
Accepted 1,937 1,775 3,712
Acceptance Rate 40% 35% 38%
Enrolled 527 459 986
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 26% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
105

Applicants have 105 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Bucknell University is $40.

Application Requirements

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

Bucknell University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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.

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?

38% 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 1430. 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.