Bradley University

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1501 W. Bradley Avenue

Peoria, IL 61625

Phone: (309) 676-7611
2013-2014 Tuition
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#5 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Bradley University is a private institution that was founded in 1897. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,872, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 85 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bradley University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 5. Its tuition and fees are $29,664 (2013-14).

Bradley University is located in Peoria, Ill., in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood. At Bradley, undergraduate students can choose from more than 100 undergraduate programs within five colleges. The university helps students make the most of those degrees through academic services such as the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, which advises students who want to start a business, and the Smith Career Center, which helps students with résumés, cover letters, and interviews. Graduate students have many options as well, with around 40 programs available, some within the Foster College of Business Administration. Outside of the classroom, 30 percent of Bradley students participate in Greek life, with others instead choosing club or intramural sports, volunteer groups, or one of the other 250 campus organizations. Student athletes can choose from nearly 15 Bradley Braves varsity sports teams, which play in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Notable Bradley alumni include Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,700 students a world-class education linking academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit in more than 100 academic programs. In addition to liberal arts and sciences, academic programs include business, communications, education, engineering, fine and performing arts, health sciences and technology. Unique programs include entrepreneurship, hospitality leadership, interactive media, sports communication and physical therapy.

Located less than three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, Peoria is the largest metropolitan area in downstate Illinois. The residential campus is located in a historic neighborhood just one mile from downtown Peoria. The Peoria community is home to the downstate medical center of Illinois, a Mayo Clinic affiliate, an international airport, and the world headquarters of the Fortune 50 company, Caterpillar Inc.

Unlike many smaller private colleges, Bradley offers more than 100 undergraduate and 36 graduate programs of study. Students have the academic choices of a larger university, yet they also have the guidance and mentoring of faculty. Unlike many larger institutions, with teaching assistants and lecture halls, all Bradley courses are taught by faculty in classes that average 21 students.

Students prepare for graduate schools around the world and receive expert guidance from a full-service Pre-Law Center, a Preprofessional Health Advising Center, and access to 36 graduate programs at Bradley including a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Popular 5-year undergraduate-graduate programs include a BS/MS option in accounting, biology, chemistry and finance.
The Academic Exploration Program (AEP) includes more than 125 new students each year who use comprehensive guidance program to help them choose a major after enrollment.

Additional programs that attract wide interest include the nation's first stand-alone School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Honors program, Army ROTC, The Center for Principled Leadership, the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, and an extensive study abroad program.

Bradley students develop leadership skills in more than 240 student organizations with more than 60 dedicated to student leadership and community service. Some of the most active students participate in the nation' best speech team, fraternities and sororities, NCAA Division I sports, and more than a dozen diverse religious organizations. In addition to 15 Division I sports teams, hundreds of students play intramural sports and join club teams such as women's softball, men's hockey, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's volleyball. Other sports and fitness organizations include dance, fencing, Frisbee, golf, gymnastics, rock climbing, running, skateboarding, skydiving, and water polo.

Bradley graduates are well prepared for a career or direct entry to graduate school with 95 percent employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation. Bradley's Smith Career Center provides comprehensive career resources for students. Eighty-six percent of students reported having at least one career-related work experience before graduating and 96% report at least one experiential learning experience including internships, practicums, undergraduate research, community service and study aboard.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1897
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $227,539,450


When applying to Bradley University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Bradley University is $35. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bradley University is 12:1, and the school has 57.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bradley University include: Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other; Mechanical Engineering; Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Computer Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 55%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 11%
Mechanical Engineering 6%
Business Administration and Management, General 5%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5%
Computer Science 4%

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Student Life

Bradley University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,872, with a gender distribution of 46.8 percent male students and 53.2 percent female students. At this school, 65.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 34.5 percent of students live off campus. Bradley University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,451
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Bradley University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bradley University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bradley University, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bradley University.

Students who have cars on campus 45%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bradley University, 70.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,351.

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Tuition and fees $29,664 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,050 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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