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Bucknell University

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Your Chances at Bucknell
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Your Chances at Bucknell
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
4,094
3,853
# Admitted
1,101
1,244
% Admitted
26.9%
32.3%
% Overall
29.5%

Students who got into Bucknell:

Tips mention: Interview (10), ACT/SAT (14), Grades (21), Sports/Extracurriculars (10), College Essay (10)
Bucknell has high levels of academic requirements, so rigorAug 26 2010Undecided
Bucknell has high levels of academic requirements, so rigor of schedule is a must. Do not take high level courses in high school if you cannot handle the work load. I took AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP English, Western Civilization (a concurrent college course, for which I received college credit), and Honors Video Editing. I also got a 2020 on my SATs, but they do not really matter. The most important thing, in my opinion anyway, is to find something that makes you stand out. For example, I have a huge interested in math and physics (I got a 5 on the AP Calc test, and a 4 on Physics) but I wrote my essays about music because I have been playing guitar since 8th grade. So, my strongest advice I can give you is to take challenging classes, because the University Admissions will hold this in high regard, but also find something that distinguishes you from the other few thousand applicants.
SAT: 2020 Male
Write good essaysAug 10 2010Economics
Write good essays. Show them that you are unique and committed to engaging diversity.
Female
I had decent SATs, really good recommendations, a solidApr 16 2009Political Science
I had decent SATs, really good recommendations, a solid essay & ECs with leadership, several hours of community service and leadership activity. Do what you want though and don't just do stuff to get into college. I'd say in this case, if I had done all of this just to get into specific schools, I would have been severely disappointed. Good luck.
SAT: 1360 Female
My average was in the low 90s, but myNov 14 2008Business - Management and Administration
My average was in the low 90s, but my SATs were nearly perfect. I think that's the key getting in here, though I've talked to plenty people who were the reverse or neither.
The other thing you should nail is the essay on the common app. The supplemental essays really allow you to show admissions who you are. Make use of them. My essay was B.S. and I'm sure most other people polished theirs or completely made them up. Don't outright lie, but embellishing certainly is good. This is true of ALL colleges I feel.

And make sure you visit. Go for tours, write down your name on admissions stuff, contact a person in admissions and check in monthly with new essays you've written, new personal accomplishments, etc. You're trying to make a contact and establish that you want to be here.
This is a hard thing to do, and even harder to do if you're not sure if you want to be here. So maybe pick a few schools (your PRAGMATIC top three... i.e. don't shoot for harvard, yale, and georgetown if you've only got 1400/1600 on the SAT and mid 90s. You should probably aim for less prestigious and sought-after schools unless you have a mind-blowing talent) to do this for.

Overall, just do your best to set yourself out from the rest of the crowd.
ACT: 33 SAT: 1450 Male

Cross you t's and dot your i's on the applicationOct 28 2008Mechanical Engineering
SAT: 1420 Male
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