Welcome Back, Students

(Photo by Daryl Wilson)

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August 23, 2017

The Hilltop buzzed with activity as students moved back to campus in preparation for the 2017-2018 academic year.

This year’s Welcome Week included more than a wide variety of engaging activities to help students feel at home on the Hilltop. The university also encouraged members of the campus community to help our students get off to the right start by asking them to share the one piece of advice they would give to their college self. In response to the campaign, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are posting photos of their #BradleyUAdvice on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Individuals who didn’t receive the mailing or misplaced the postcard can learn more about the campaign and download a copy here.

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

  • With 1,270 students, it’s the largest class since 1968.
  • It is the most ethnically diverse freshman class in Bradley history.
  • Students come from 15 countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Serbia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Longest flight: A freshman from Gujarat, India, (7,855 miles) is the farthest from home.
  • 178 freshmen followed their grandparents, parents or siblings to Bradley.

According to Beloit College’s annual Mindset List, the Class of 2021 grew up in a world in which:

  • They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials.
  • They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph and research library.
  • A movie scene longer than two minutes seemed long. 
  • Dora the Explorer and her pet monkey Boots helped to set them on the course of discovery.
  • Globalization has always been both a powerful fact of life and a source of incessant protest.


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