Bradley, ICC sign official agreement to better assist transfer students

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Bradley University and Illinois Central College are teaming up to help make transferring between schools easier for college students.

For years, Bradley and ICC have partnered to provide college students in Central Illinois find accessible education.  The hope is that students will love and work in Central Illinois after graduation as well.

On Wednesday, both institutions re-committed to that promise with an official agreement.

“ICC has long been Bradley’s best partner among the 2-year colleges in the state of Illinois,” said Bradley University Provost Dr. Walter Zakahi.

And with an official agreement, both educational institutions plan to strengthen that relationship.

“Bradley averages somewhere around 100 transfer students a year from ICC, I’m hoping that this stronger and better bridge that we’re building is going to result in even more students coming up to the hilltop and joining us at Bradley,” said Dr. Zakahi.

Jesus Bravo transferred from ICC to Bradley, and encourages other students to take advantage of the affordable education at ICC.

“I think one of the reasons I came to ICC was because of money.  I come from a low-income family, and it was not possible for me to transfer from high school directly to university,” said Bravo.

This agreement ensures ICC students admission to Bradley to pursue a bachelor’s of arts or science, if students have a 2.5 GPA or higher.  It also highlights many scholarship opportunities for students who get good grades.

“If someone has a 3.25 GPA or higher, they can have a $12,000 scholarship, and this can be for anyone,” said Bravo who received this award himself.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says ICC graduates contribute greatly to the Central Illinois workforce.

“72-73 percent of those kids stay in Peoria, stay in this area.  And that’s really important,” said Ardis.

This agreement plans to expand on that.


“Bradley understands their local environment, the community.  And when they graduate, we hope they stay with us and contribute to the economic viability of Central Illinois,” said ICC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Emmanuel Awuah.

Both ICC and Bradley will evaluate this agreement each year.  Leaders hope they can continue to strengthen the relationship between both institutions.

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