Feb. 16, 2004
Members of the admissions staff believe the increased number of visitors to Bucknell’s campus last summer, up 41 percent, played a pivotal role in this year’s record number of applications for the Class of 2008. The tally as of Feb.16 stands at 8,302, compared to 7,706 applicants last year, or an increase of 8 percent.
"The campus visit is a real selling point for us," says Mark Davies, dean of admissions. "Once we get students to our campus and have a chance to articulate what’s special about this institution, we have a good chance of getting students to apply."
"With over 8,300 highly qualified applicants, we have some tough decisions ahead. We want to shape the best, brightest, and most diverse class we can possibly have."
Davies says the quality of the students applying is up, including the 335 students admitted through early decision. In 1997, the average SAT score of the entering class was 1240, and 52 percent of students were in the top tenth of their high school class. In 2003, the average SAT for the Class of 2007 was 1299, and 69 percent of the students came from the top tenth of their class.
Once again, more students turned to the Internet this year to learn about Bucknell and apply online. Two of the most popular sites on Bucknell’s admissions pages are the virtual tour and the first-year student journals .
"It’s exciting to know that more students are learning about Bucknell and the exceptional educational experience it offers," says Davies. "The university’s reputation continues to spread throughout the nation and abroad."