Welcome Back, Students

Bradley students moved back to campus the weekend of August 20. Students settled into residence halls and enjoyed annual campus social activities such as Late Night BU, the Block Party and Taste of Bradley. (Photo by Duane Zehr)

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Matt Hawkins
August 22, 2016

The Hilltop buzzed with activity over the weekend as students moved back to campus in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year.

Here are a few fun facts about Bradley’s freshman class:

  • The freshman class of 1,100 students is the largest class in recent years.
  • It is the most ethnically diverse freshman class in Bradley history.
  • Freshmen come from countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
  • Gosford, Australia — 9,101 miles from Peoria — is is the farthest a freshman traveled to college.
  • 138 freshmen followed their grandparents, parents or siblings to Bradley.

According to Beloit College’s annual Mindset List, the Class of 2020 grew up in a world in which:

  • You’d better send a text if you want to reach them.
  • West Nile has always been a virus found in the United States.
  • They never had to watch or listen to programs at a scheduled time.
  • They never heard Harry Caray sing the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field.
  • There always have been Macs on desks.


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