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Bucknell to Open 174th Academic Year with Aug. 25 Convocation

Class of 2023 Features 968 New Students, 28 Transfers from 31 States, D.C. and 42 Countries

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University will open its 174th academic year at Convocation on Sunday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, welcoming 968 new students in the Class of 2023 and 28 transfer students. The incoming students hail from 31 states, the District of Columbia and 42 countries.

President John Bravman will deliver the address at Convocation, which will be followed by a candlelighting ceremony on Malesardi Quadrangle.

The first-year student body includes nearly 17 percent students of color, almost 6 percent international students, nearly 10 percent first-generation students, and about 7 percent who are Bucknell legacies. The class had an average scholastic GPA of 3.58. The class includes the highest number of local students attending Bucknell in the last 10 years, with 24 coming from high schools within 45 minutes of campus.

Among the transfer students, 14 are Bucknell Community College Scholars.

“My team and I are excited to have the Class of 2023 join the Bucknell community,” said Kevin Mathes ’07, dean of admissions. “They have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, worked on Season 6 of Ray Donovan (Showtime), and had a piece on the Youth Climate March picked up by NPR. Their dedication to their academics, service to their communities, leadership skills and artistic abilities impressed us during our selection process. We know they will make a lasting impact in and outside of the classroom at Bucknell.”

This year, Bucknell’s Office of Admissions received 9,845 applications from students across the country and around the world.

The University will open the 2019-20 academic year with an enrollment of 3,659 undergraduate students and 56 graduate students.


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