Back-to-back success

August 25, 2010

Bradley University’s last two freshman classes are the largest two consecutive classes in 40 years.

Bradley welcomed 1,138 freshman students today to the first day of classes. Last year 1,106 freshmen entered, bringing the two-year total to 2,244. The previous two consecutive high enrollments came in 1970 (1225) and 1971 (1120).

“We are really pleased to welcome so many talented students to our student body this fall,” said Dr. Alan Galsky, vice president for student affairs. “Bradley continues to attract top students from throughout the country because we offer a first-rate educational experience – innovative academic programs, internship experiences, undergraduate research opportunities, and recreational and extracurricular activities to meet every interest.”

The incoming class has an average ACT score of 25.3, continuing the high standard of achievement of Bradley freshmen. A significantly higher number of freshmen this year were awarded the University’s highest scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship. The University also is making progress in its goal of increasing out-of-state enrollment with a 10 percent increase in students from outside Illinois.

“At Bradley we offer a personalized, customized educational experience for our students that families value,” Galsky said. “With a very challenging economy and a very competitive higher education marketplace, Bradley has been able to attract students because of the quality living and learning experience we offer.”

The classes from the last two years are both well above the University’s enrollment goals. While Bradley has had consecutive robust classes, the University does not intend to significantly expand overall enrollment. Rather, the University plans to continue to attract high-achieving students from around the country.

The last time Bradley attracted a freshman class of this size was 2005 when 1,136 freshmen enrolled; 1977 was the only other year in the last four decades that a freshman class of more than 1,130 students came to the University.