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Bucknell University, Office of Admissions Records Edit


Finding Aid Author
Crystal Matjasic
Finding Aid Date
2015 August
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description


  • 1941-2017 (Creation)


  • 4.58 Linear Feet (Whole)
    (10) 5 inch document boxes; (2) 2.5 inch document boxes; (2) oversize folders



  • Language

    Materials are in English.

  • Administrative History

    The Office of Admissions was established at Bucknell in 1957 under the direction of Fitz R. Walling. Prior to 1957, the responsibility for student admissions was combined with that of the Registrar. The primary function of the Office of Admissions is to recruit and admit students that would be most likely to benefit from the University’s curriculum. The office is also responsible for maintaining a definite number of students in order for the University to meet its financial obligations. The Office of Admissions promotes the University and its academic programs to attract applicants, handles all initial inquiries, and processes all applications for admission. The Admissions Committee was composed of the Director of Admissions as the chairman, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the deans of the colleges, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Business and Finance, the Registrar, and three members of the Faculty. Its function was to review and establish policy with respect to the recruitment and admission of students to the undergraduate colleges of the University.

  • Arrangement

    Records are arranged alphabetically by folder title and chronologically within the folders.

  • Scope and Contents

    The records of the Office of Admissions are arranged alphabetically by folder title and range from 1957 to 2015. The records include annual reports, correspondence, brochures and recruitment materials, application materials, and statistical information about student enrollments and the freshmen class. Included in the correspondence are recruitment mailings and correspondence related to the recruitment of minority students. While the majority of the enrollment statistics can be found with the statistics series, statistical information is included in the body of correspondence as well. The recruitment materials include general brochures about Bucknell University, such as About Bucknell, as well as information about the various academic programs and student life on campus. Materials for the departments are arranged under the department title. The statistical information includes general statistics about the recruitment process, as well as minority enrollment and degree distribution. The Class Profile additionally includes statistical information about the incoming enrolled freshman class. In addition to the Office of Admissions’ records, the records of the Admissions Committee are also included. The records of the Admissions Committee range from 1964 to 1985 and include agendas, correspondence, meeting minutes and reports.

  • Separated Materials

    Photographs may be housed with the Special Collections/University Archives Photograph Collection. Additional records are located in the oversize records.

  • Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research use.

  • Usage Restrictions

    The materials in this collection may be protected under copyright law and may only be used for educational, teaching, and research purposes. If the intended use is beyond these purposes, it is the responsibility of the user to obtain the appropriate permissions by contacting Special Collections/University Archives at the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Item], Bucknell University, Office of Admissions Records, Special Collections/University Archives, Bertrand Library, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.