* Q1 EPS $0.49 vs est $0.34
* Revenue up 85 pct, beats est
* Keeps 2010 EPS view $1.86-$1.88, rev $688.2-$691.2 mln
* Shares rise 4 pct in pre-market trade
May 3 (Reuters) - Bridgepoint Education Inc (BPI.N), a provider of post-secondary education services, posted better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by a sharp rise in total student enrollment, sending its shares up 4 percent in pre-market trade.
For the first quarter, Bridgepoint earned $29.8 million, or 49 cents a share, compared with $3.9 million, or 3 cents a share, a year earlier.
Revenue rose 85 percent to $156.1 million.
Analysts on an average were expecting earnings of 34 cents per share, on revenue of $143.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Total student enrollment for the quarter increased 57 percent to 65,788 students. New student enrollments rose 45 percent to 24,300 students, the company said.
Bridgepoint also reaffirmed its 2010 outlook. [ID:nASA00ATF]
Shares of the company were up at $26.72 in trading before the bell. They closed at $25.71 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Megha Mandavia in Bangalore; Editing by Anne Pallivathuckal)