Bucknell’s Class of 2020 is one accomplished bunch. Parading to the Malesardi
Quad to officially join the Bucknell
family after Convocation Aug. 21 was
a polyglot who speaks three languages
and is studying four more, a Boy Scout
who received the organization’s honor
medal after saving his father from
drowning and an international student
who wrote a book on philosophy and
faith. Joining them were a volunteer
who helped organize medical missions
to Nigeria, a researcher who spent the
summer studying and teaching about
wildlife at Yellowstone National
Park and 956 others with impressive
accomplishments of their own.
“The class was crafted from a
stellar applicant pool,” says Dean of
Admissions Rob Springall. “They bring
a wide variety of interests, experiences
and perspectives with them from as
close as Lewisburg and as far away
The class members were selected
from a pool of more than 10,000
applicants, less than 30 percent of whom
were offered admission. More than
half received grants and scholarships
from Bucknell, including 116 Dean’s
Scholarships, 33 Presidential Fellow-
ships, 28 Arts Merit Scholarships and
five B-WISE Scholarships for women
in science. More than 60 percent of
the class is receiving financial aid.
They came to Bucknell from 35
states, the District of Columbia and
the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as 54
countries. The class is again among
Bucknell’s most diverse, with 17. 7
percent students of color and 9. 3
percent first-generation students.
International students and dual U.S.
citizens comprise 12. 4 percent of
Approximately 45 percent of the
class will major in arts and sciences,
20 percent in engineering and 13 percent
in management, while 22 percent of the
class came in undecided.
To learn more about the class, visit bucknell.
2020 on Parade
First-year students were selected from a stellar applicant pool.
By Matt Hughes
At Orientation, the Class of 2020 enjoys
Color Games — field games, relay races
and generous dabs of paint.