Bucknell University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Bucknell University
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Bucknell is a highly selective school, only admitting around one out of every four applicants. Students must submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application. Since Bucknell uses the Common Application, students can save time by using that application for multiple schools. That application does have an essay component, which students will have to complete. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 590 / 670
  • SAT Math: 610 / 710
  • SAT Writing: - / -
  • ACT Composite: 28 / 32
  • ACT English: 28 / 33
  • ACT Math: 27 / 32
  • ACT Writing: - / -

Bucknell University Description

Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell University has the feel of a liberal arts college with the course offerings of a comprehensive university. The engineering program is worth a close look, and the university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Admissions have grown increasingly selective in recent years. In athletics, the Bucknell University Bisons compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League. Popular sports include soccer, field hockey, football, and track and field.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 3,626 (3,571 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,960
  • Books: $900
  • Room and Board: $12,656
  • Other Expenses: $2,084
  • Total Cost: $67,600

Bucknell University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 58%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 54%
    • Loans: 34%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $31,011
    • Loans: $8,173

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Elementary Education, English, History, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 5%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Soccer, Golf, Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Water Polo, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Swimming, and Diving, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Bucknell and the Common Application

Bucknell University uses the Common Application.