"Take the Opportunity"

Blaze a new path and make your family proud. If you are or will be the first in your family to attend college, know that we are here to support you. We know what you're going through - excitement, anxiety, hopes and fears - because many of us were first-generation college students too.

At Bucknell, you will be part of a supportive community of students who excel, graduate on time and succeed as alumni.

What We're Saying

Many of Bucknell's faculty, staff and students, and even our president, John Bravman, became the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree.
Here they share their stories and encourage those who are considering their college options.

international relations and economics

Mike Ajjan, Class of 2014

"After being at Bucknell, one of the things that I've learned and I'd like to pass on to further students is don't be afraid to make mistakes and don't be afraid to ask. When you make mistakes, you learn."

chemical engineering

Professor Erin Jablonski

"Find a school that you love that gives you every opportunity to do what you want to do - to study abroad, to dance, to sing, to do a curriculum that you enjoy, to get to know your professors, to make lifelong friends. Find that place that speaks to you, because it's incredibly important. It impacts the rest of your life."


John Bravman

"I was exposed to people, to ways of thinking, to places around the globe that I had never, ever experienced before and all of those things have added together to make me who I am."


Professor T. Joel Wade

"The biggest thing I would tell students who are the first in their family to go to college would be - don't be afraid. Just because no one else that's very close to you has done it before doesn't mean that you can't do it. Believe in yourself and take that step."

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of graduating seniors rate their entire educational experience at Bucknell as excellent or good. (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2011).

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of the Class of 2012 was employed, in graduate school, both employed or in graduate school, or volunteering within nine months of graduation.

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