- Class: Alum
- Major: Journalism
- Gender: M
- High School: Highland (IL) High School
- Transfer Student: N
The biggest thing that Bradley pushes in its admissions department is the school's size, and for good reason. It isn't the tiny, liberal arts school that you'll usually find and it's not a gigantic public university where you get lost in the shuffle of everyone else. Classes are typically small in size so you get a lot of attention from professors. The student population is large enough where you don't feel like you know everybody, but small enough where you can walk from class to class and say hi to at least one person you know. Peoria is certainly not a college town, but Bradley still gives it a college feeling with Gorman's across the street in Campustown and the bars on Farmington Road. People (especially freshman and sophomores) regularly refer to the campus as the "Bradley Bubble" because sometimes it seems like you never get off of it to do other things around the city. It can be seclusive at times.
As a journalism major, I had some problems with my curriculum because it (and other majors in the department) is technically a communications major with a concentration in journalism (or related field). That meant I took a lot of classes that weren't necessarily specific to journalism, which at time felt like a wast of time. Because class sizes were so small (especially classes in my major) most of my professors knew me by name, which was nice. I did not "study" that much, but I did have to work on a lot of projects, papers and story assignments outside of class.
Bradley is mostly white, upper middle-class kids. As I said earlier, it seems like almost everyone is from the Chicago area. I would classify Bradley as a fairly conservative school, but I though a lot of students considered themselves to be liberals. However, I think most of them said that just because they have a disdain for the Bush administration. I swear to God, every black kid knew every other black kid on campus.
The Best Things
size and location
The Worst Things
Apathy among students