Brilliance Beyond the Numbers
In their applications — each read by a Bucknell admissions counselor — members of the Class of 2026 wrote about their unique interests and experiences, and the real-world lessons that couldn't be learned inside the four walls of a classroom.
One student created a water purification device, while another did vascular research at Brigham & Women's Hospital. Three have investigated the mysteries of degenerative brain conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Some pushed their minds and bodies to incredible limits as competitive athletes. One member of the class is ranked No. 1 in Greece for under 18 men's tennis, while another competed internationally in synchronized figure skating. Another student is a two-time national ballroom dance champion.
Some poured themselves into bettering their communities by launching a grocery delivery company, designing Braille signs for a rail trail and founding a nonprofit that has donated 825,000 books to countries around the world.
Among the class is also an award-winning birdwatcher, a working model and a race car driver, as well as one student who climbed Machu Picchu and another who competed on the show MasterChef Junior on FOX.