Roughly one in three applicants to Bucknell University will get in. Successful applicants tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1900 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. Many applicants had impressive 4.0 GPAs.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Bucknell University did not win admission. On the flip side, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Bucknell's admissions process is based on more than numerical data. The university uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The Bucknell admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Finally, Bucknell has several supplemental essays -- be sure to use these to convey your passions and unique qualities.
To learn more about Bucknell University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Bucknell University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?