800 people spent their Presidents Day touring Bradley’s campus. The high school students and their families are making the decision if attending college in central Illinois is right for them.
Bradley is on track to hit a record number of applications this year. 5,400 students currently call the university home. Bradley saw a 17% increase in the size of its freshman class this fall semester. The university says it has central Illinois to thank.
“Peoria is the hidden gem of Illinois.” Associate Director of Admissions at Bradley, Cory Craig, said.
Getting students and families, who traveled from the east coast to west coast and everything in between, to uncover that gem in central Illinois was the goal of Monday’s campus visit.
“It’s a good marriage between the community and between the students at Bradley.” Craig explained.
With that, comes the chance to get outside of the classroom.
“We’re not just a college town; we are a town that has a college in it, which makes it unique for our students so there’s tons of opportunities. Our kids get really good internships here locally, the hospitals and Caterpillar and Maui Jim and different industries here in the area really support our Bradley students.” Craig said.
“I am pretty much 95% going to come here.” Prospective student, Chris Moshage, said.
Chris Moshage from Lasalle-Peru hopes to pursue an International Studies major. He says those opportunities are what drew him to check out the university.
“I know I wanted to go somewhere like closer to home not like really far away.” Moshage said.
“You know we’re not too big that we have terrible traffic, we’re not too small that we don’t have opportunities, we’re that perfect mid-sized city for a lot of our students.” Craig explained.
Bradley hopes those qualities help seal the deal for future braves.
“We just want them to see the family atmosphere that Bradley can offer them, the unique opportunities, the really good programs that we have here in the heart of Illinois.”Craig said.
Students and families from 15 different states attended Monday’s event.