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Enrollment up at Bradley

By Justin Phelps ’05

One of the largest incoming classes in Bradley’s 112-year history has made a deposit for next fall. More than 1,100 students have indicated they want to live the Bradley Experience on a growing campus with many wonderful opportunities.

"Our enrollment total to date exceeds our most optimistic estimates and indicates that students want to be part of the exciting things on our campus," President Joanne Glasser said. "I am thrilled that so many students want to make Bradley their home for the next four years. I am confident Bradley will provide them a top-rate living and learning environment based on a close mentoring relationship with faculty and staff. That is the essence of the Bradley Experience."

These students join at an exciting time.

The Markin Family Student Recreation Center opened last fall, providing students with 130,000 square feet of recreation and workout space. A sports communication concentration, to be added to the curriculum this fall, will provide a one-of-a-kind program to train students for the sports business industry. The Pre-Law Center opened this spring and hosted a panel discussion with prosecuting attorneys in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial. A full nursing class of 100 students will train with state-of-the-art equipment in the Markin Center. The new Athletics Performance Arena and Puterbaugh Men’s Basketball Practice Facility are scheduled to open next spring.

“You can put yourself in a good position, but you also must have a 'product' people want,” said Dr. Alan Galsky, Bradley’s vice president of student affairs. “Bradley has put itself in a position to be a university that people perceive is worth the expense, even in a challenging economy. We had to do a lot of work to put ourselves in that position.”

This spring, students exhibited the outstanding research, scholarship and entrepreneurship occurring on campus at the Student Scholarship Expo. The Project Springboard Competition, in which students are encouraged to think entrepreneurially and develop a business plan for a company they would like to start, held its third annual event in April.


Campus aesthetics have improved with banners on light poles to identify the University’s space in Peoria. The banners highlight focus points like excellence, tradition, and scholarship. In addition, new beds of flowers enhance the appeal of campus.

“The University is in a position, with not only its physical appearance but the way it offers undergraduate education, to be perceived as a value for a large number of families, even in this difficult economy,” Galsky said.

With 1,120 incoming students deposited, the University is well over its target of 1,080 at the traditional May 1 deadline, despite a troubling economy. Last spring, the University needed 50 more students to meet its goal. “Because of the economy, no one could predict what their freshman class was going to be,” Galsky said. “We also knew it would be a late-deciding class.”

Indeed, this group provided Bradley with record numbers for enrollment deposits the week of May 1 with 248, the number of applications, and the number of admitted students. In addition, the University has maintained its standard of quality students based on ACT scores and academic success.

Prospective students interested in becoming a part of the Bradley Experience should visit for more information.

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