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Chances of getting into Bucknell University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
34.2%
Admission Difficulty for Bucknell University
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Bucknell and can I get accepted? The school has a 34% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,370 out of 9,845 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 12 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.

Bucknell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1255-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT
67%
SAT Scores for Bucknell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 635
SAT Composite 25th 1255
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

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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 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1255 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 1170. 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 2019 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 >47%
1342 to 1430 Avg + 34%-47%
1255 to 1342 Avg - 23%-34%
1168 to 1255 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 1168 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 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 2019 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 >47%
30 to 32 Avg + 34%-47%
28 to 30 Avg - 23%-34%
26 to 28 Reach 15%-23%
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

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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 4,710 5,135 9,845
Accepted 1,754 1,616 3,370
Acceptance Rate 37% 31% 34%
Enrolled 505 459 964
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 28% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2021.

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

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?

34% 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 1255 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.