Student Retention Rate Rises

October 8, 2013

A recent analysis indicates that Bradley’s freshman-to-sophomore retention rate increased to 87.9% this fall, the highest in five years.  Bradley’s retention rate compares very favorably with similar institutions nationwide which is 80.6%.

This class of freshman students was well prepared for college as they entered Bradley with highest ACT average in the last 30 years.  Research shows while student academic preparation significantly influences retention rates, other factors including satisfaction with their major, ability to pay for educational costs and social aspects of their college experience also contribute to the likelihood of a student’s continued attendance.

Bradley University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. David Glassman says “With hundreds of opportunities to get involved on campus, a focus on individualized learning, a multitude of programs to help students succeed and a 95% placement rate upon graduation, this retention number shows the Bradley Experience is an extremely positive one.”

The retention rate was 85.9% for the entering freshman class in Fall 2011.