Administrators at Bradley University say the freshman retention rate at the Peoria school is at its highest level in five years. The percentage of freshmen who become sophomores at the school climbed to 87.8 percent. Authorities say last year's freshman class had the highest average ACT score in the last 30 years. That helped contribute to the number of students who continued studying at the school. Provost David Glassman says social aspects at school, along with satisfaction with a student's major and the ability to pay for their education also contributed to the increase. The retention rate was 85.9 percent for freshman who began studying at Bradley in the fall of 2011. Bradley has about 5,700 students.
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