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Bucknell University Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

29.9%
Admission Difficulty for Bucknell University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Bucknell University? The school has a 30% acceptance rate. Last year, 3,138 out of 10,487 applicants were admitted making Bucknell University 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 14 percent. Bucknell University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1270-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT
63%
SAT Scores for Bucknell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for Bucknell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1430
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 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 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
1430 and Above Good >42%
1350 to 1430 Avg + 30%-42%
1270 to 1350 Avg - 20%-30%
1190 to 1270 Reach 13%-20%
Less than 1190 Low <13%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
49%
ACT Scores for Bucknell University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Bucknell University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Bucknell University 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. 49 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 >42%
30 to 32 Avg + 30%-42%
28 to 30 Avg - 20%-30%
26 to 28 Reach 13%-20%
Less than 26 Low <13%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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 University 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

Admission Statistics

Bucknell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,011 5,476 10,487
Accepted 1,568 1,570 3,138
Acceptance Rate 31% 29% 30%
Enrolled 476 474 950
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 30% 30%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
31

Applicants have 31 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are 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.