Take the Opportunity

We dare you to blaze a trail at Bucknell. If you will be a first-generation college student, we want to meet you. Many of our faculty, staff and students — and even our president — share your experience: They too were in the first generation of their families to pursue a four-year degree. They're eager to welcome you to campus and help you succeed.

At Bucknell, you'll be part of a supportive community of students who excel, graduate on time and succeed as alumni. Hear from some of them in the videos below.

Meet First-generation Bucknellians


Portion of the Class of 2015 that reported being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school or volunteering within nine months of graduation.

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Help is everywhere.

Bucknell partners with I'm First, an online community for first-generation college students.

It's a great place for you to connect for support, advice and encouragement through your college search and beyond.


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."


of first-year students return as sophomores


Places I've Been

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