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Bucknell Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Bucknell University

Bucknell University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
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.

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Bucknell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
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

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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 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.

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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
Applicants Submitting ACT
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.

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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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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.

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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%

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.

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.

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.