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Bucknell Admissions Information

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (map)


Originally founded as a literary institution in 1846, today Bucknell is a top-ranked university that provides students with a broad array of academic options, including programs in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and social and natural sciences. In addition to scholastic opportunities on campus, more than 40% of each graduating class studies abroad during their undergraduate career. While the study abroad program extends to more than 60 countries, Bucknell has specific university-run programs in France, London, Spain and Barbados.

While on campus, students engage in more than 100 student organizations from Habitat for Humanity to the Juggling Club. It is clear that students enjoy their time on campus, as evidenced by the 88% of students who live in university housing during their entire undergraduate career. In addition to the traditional first year residence halls, Bucknell offers a wide variety of other housing options, including the residential colleges (where students take a course and participate in academic activities surrounding the hall’s theme), the CHOICE hall (which focuses on healthy, substance-free living), or the quiet floor (for students who appreciate fewer distractions and a quieter atmosphere).

While Bucknell’s location is considered rural, the campus and surrounding town is an active and comfortable place to live. Bucknell has a number of unique facilities, including an observatory, a cinema, a 63-acre nature preserve, a center for performing arts, a poetry center, a greenhouse, an outdoor naturalistic primate facility, an engineering structural test lab, a herbarium, 18-hole golf course and a high ropes course.



Basic Info

Main Address: 701 Moore Avenue
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone Number: (570) 577-2000  
Website: www.bucknell.edu  


Type of school: Private, Four-year  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Rural setting, Small town; Residential campus  
Athletics: Division I, Intercollegiate, Club, Scholarship, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 3,508  
Percent out-of-state: 76%  
Percent international: 5%  
Female to Male ratio: 53:47  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Special study programs: Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Guaranteed On-Campus Housing For All Undergraduates
Men's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Cooperative Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Percent of women who join sororities: 48%
Other activities or organizations:
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Percent of men who join fraternities: 43%

Hillel, Chinese Culture Association, Brothers and Sisters Empowered, Japan Society, Muslim student association, O.H.L.A.S. (formerly Le Cumbre Hispanic), College Democrats, College Republicans, Habitat for Humanity, Bucknell Brigade

Fun Facts

  • Ranked 17th among U.S. liberal arts colleges for the number of graduates receiving doctorates
  • 85 percent of seniors participate in community service or volunteer work.
  • Ranked 19th among bachelor's institutions for number of students studying abroad
  • The highly accomplished Bucknell alumni community includes a 1998 Pulitzer Prize recipient, chief executive officer of CBS Corp., chief executive officer of Children's Place, founder of LendingTree.com, co-founder of The Home Depot Inc. and the first chief technology officer for PBS.

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 31%, Bucknell is considered a selective university. According to the school's admissions website, the most important factors that are considered include academic achievement, talent, good character, leadership skills, and high quality writing. These items are assessed through high school transcripts, standardized test scores, essays, extracurricular involvement, and recommendations. Furthermore, Bucknell seeks students who are passionate about what they do and are willing to continue their interests in college to serve Bucknell and its surrounding community.

For applicants who are certain that Bucknell is their first choice college, it is important to note that the school offers an Early Decision option for students who will attend Bucknell if accepted. There is about a 63% acceptance rate with this option, giving students who choose Early Decision an advantage in the Bucknell admissions process.

Admissions address: Admission Office
Freas Hall
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837-9988
Phone number: (570) 577-1101  
Fax number: (570) 577-3538  
Admissions Website: http://www.bucknell.edu/Admissions  
Email: admissions@bucknell.edu  
Contact Person: Robert Springall, Dean of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 7,178  
Percent of applicants admitted: 31%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: December 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report (including transcript)
Mid Year Report
Final Report
If applicable: Early Decision Agreement

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2050  
ACT code: 3528  
Learn more about other Top Greek Life schools:
DePauw   Vanderbilt   Washington State University  

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