Bucknell University

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Bucknell University, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Lewisburg, PA, a predominately rural area. Around three thousand students are enrolled at Bucknell University.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to Bucknell University. A score between 1800 to 2090 on the SAT exam, or 27 to 32 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Bucknell University average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.55 - 3.78. The acceptance rate for this school is lower than most schools and competition is high, given that only 30% of students who applied are granted admission to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at bucknell.edu.

Overall Bucknell University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Bucknell University was reported as 29.5% in Fall 2013 with over 7,950 college applications submitted to Bucknell University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 1800 - 2090
  • ACT Scores: 27 - 32
  • Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into Bucknell University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Bucknell University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Bucknell University has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 29.9%
  • 2010-2011: 31.4%
  • 2011-2012: 27.6%
  • 2012-2013: 27.0%
  • 2013-2014: 29.5%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 28.8%

How Does Bucknell University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Bucknell University is eighty-eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Susquehanna University72.3%
Lycoming College71.6%
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill81.1%
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton86.3%
Lebanon Valley College66.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Bucknell University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading580 - 680
Math620 - 720
Writing600 - 690
Total Score1800 - 2090
ACT®Score Range
English28 - 33
Math27 - 32
Composite Score27 - 32
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