Welcome, Class of 2016!

By Frank Radosevich II
August 17, 2012

As summer vacation draws to a close, Bradley welcomes the class of 2016 and upperclassmen back to campus with dozens of activities.

The weeklong tradition that starts Saturday features plenty of food, music and entertainment for incoming freshmen and returning students along with opportunities to make new friends and get reacquainted with old ones.

On top of the fun of Welcome Week, the class of 2016 is ready to excel in the classroom. The class is one of Bradley’s best in terms of its academic success. The incoming students boast the highest average ACT scores as well as stellar grade-point averages from their high schools.

“Their average ACT score is Bradley’s highest in the past three decades, and clearly indicates that the Bradley brand is strong among high school student achievers,” University President Joanne K. Glasser said. “And nearly half of this class had a high school GPA of 3.75 or better.”


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Welcome Week 2012

The class of 2016 is a well-traveled one, too. Jenny Rudnicki, from Eagan, Minn., has crossed the globe from Alaska to South Africa and she will soon make the Hilltop her new home. Rudnicki will major in international business and said Bradley’s outstanding business program and its many internship opportunities impressed her.

“I fell in love with it right away. They have very strong business and study abroad programs,” she said.

Incoming freshman Alex Stephan and his family made an impromptu visit to Bradley from their home in Middleton, Wis., back in 2011. Despite the rainy weather, Stephan said the University’s campus, people and academic facilities wowed him and Bradley quickly rose to the top of his list of prospective schools.

Stephan will study interactive media this fall after touring the department’s new laboratories and meeting with its professors and fellow students.

“Everyone was really nice and welcoming,” he said. Dean Jeffery Huberman “really sold me on the IM department.”

Lauren Sandstrom, assistant director of student activities, said Welcome Week is a chance for students to discover what Bradley and its community has to offer. During the week, students can meet while learning about the many opportunities to get involved with campus life and student organizations.

Some of the weeklong activities include Sunday’s Taste of Bradley, where local eateries serve up samples of their food on Olin Quad; Monday’s Activities and Volunteer Fair, where representatives from the University’s student organizations share information about their groups; and the men’s soccer game against Eastern Illinois University on Friday.

“Welcome Week helps build a sense of community for students on campus. It’s an opportunity for them to get connected with an organization or with other students here,” Sandstrom said.

A new addition to the lineup is the Welcome Week Service Project, which connects students with different charities and service organizations around the Peoria area on Monday.