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 1255 to 1430 on the SAT exam, or 28 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 3.62 - 3.78. Bucknell University sends acceptance letters to about 30% of applicants. Of those that are accepted, around 29% attended the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at .bucknell.edu.

Overall Bucknell University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Bucknell University was reported as 34.2% in Fall 2020 with over 9,850 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

  • ACT Scores: 28 - 32
  • Average GPA: 3.62 - 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 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Bucknell University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 29.9%
  • 2017-2018: 31.1%
  • 2018-2019: 33.0%
  • 2019-2020: 34.2%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 30.4%

How Does Bucknell University Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Bucknell University is sixty-six percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Susquehanna University72.0%
Lycoming College62.3%
Lock Haven University94.8%
Lebanon Valley College79.6%
Dickinson College40.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

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

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Bucknell University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 700
Math635 - 730
Total Score1255 - 1430
ACT®Score Range
English29 - 34
Math26 - 31
Composite Score28 - 32
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