Bradley University campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biophysics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Auditing
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance, General
  • General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations
  • Hospitality Administration/Management
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Finance
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
  • Marketing
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Meeting and Event Planning
  • Resort Management
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management
  • Retail Management
  • Selling Skills and Sales Operations
  • Small Business Administration/Management
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Graphic Communications

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Programming, Specific Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software and Media Applications
  • Computer Systems Analysis
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Civil Engineering, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, Other
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • General Literature

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Nursing Science
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates

  • High School/Secondary Certificates, Other

  • History

  • History
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Computer Games and Programming Skills
  • Music
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Students Say

Academically, Bradley provides “the resources of a large university with the familiarity that comes from a small liberal arts school.” Students love midsized Bradley in Illinois “because of the size of the campus and of the Academic Exploration Program,” a program for undecided majors that helps them discover “what career fit[s] best for [their] personality and interests.” Bradley’s “greatest strengths include the fabulous staff (professors, employees), the creative spirit, and the volunteer oriented mindset.” Students feel that “the individuals who go here are friendly and welcoming and so are the professors. They truly care about your academic standing and will help you do everything in your power to succeed.” A recent graduate shares her experience, saying, “While Bradley offers the academic choices of a larger university, it also provides students the guidance and mentoring of faculty that only a smaller university can provide.” “Ninety-three percent of graduates begin work, graduate school, or other postgraduate experiences of their choice within six months of graduation. I knew I would be prepared and pointed in the right direction. Undergrads rave about the advantages Bradley provides coupled with the community and personal attention that smaller schools tend to deliver.


Doctoral Other
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Aaron Schock
Youngest member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Ray LaHood
U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Rene Byer
Pulitizer Prize winning photographer

Charlie Steiner
Commentator, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kary G. Mcllwain
President and CEO, Young and Rubicam Chicago

Keith Bane
Founder, Nextel phones

Stephen Gorman
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Delta Air Lines

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Bradley’s Smith Career Center hosts a job and internship fair that attracts over 190 organizations and employers from a range of industries. The SCC also hosts events for students interested in graduate and professional school, as well as a career fair for students entering the nursing and physical therapy fields. The Springer Center also helps students get career related work experience through internships and cooperative education programs, and the Bradley Internship Fund helps defray the cost of unpaid summer internships with a stipend. Students say that providing “assistance in obtaining a career and internships” is one of the school’s greatest strengths and that, in addition to the SCC, their Bradley “professors have been excellent resources during [their] college career[s] and have helped land internships.” Bradley grads who visited reported an average starting salary of Bradley grads is $49,900 and 49 percent describe their job as being meaningful.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Bottom Line

Getting an education at Bradley University will cost $31,110 in tuition per year. Add to that $370 in required fees and an average of $1,200 for books and supplies and the yearly cost comes to $32,680. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of room and board, an additional $9,700.

Bang For Your Buck

Bradley offers a number of academic scholarships that range from $28,000 to $48,000, distributed over four years. Bradley also offers several scholarships based on family background, talent and interest, including ones for dependent children of the employees of the Caterpillar, Inc., scholarships for the children or siblings of Bradley alums, and scholarships for students in the performing arts. The celebrated engineering department at Bradley offers a number of departmental scholarships, including ones for women pursuing degrees in engineering. Bradley also offers need-based grants, which, according to the Statement of Ethical Principles that guides their financial aid distribution, the school is “committed to removing financial barriers” and to “make every effort to assist students with financial need.” Students say that Bradley scholarships allow them “to get a great education for a reasonable price.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



51% female
49% male
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

At Bradley, students “are normal,” and even “kind of boring,” but “beneath all that is a potential for anything,” even “greatness.” A student sums it up: “There are phenomenal opportunities to volunteer and help people here. Bradley is a community of good people who are respectful and awesome.” Another student feels that while “the majority of students engage in Greek life,” many students fit in regardless because “of the 240 other organizations Bradley has on campus. Different students will have different values. Bradley has different organizations that fit those values and make students feel more at home.” Another states that “one of Bradley’s strengths is its size and how inclusive the students are” and goes on to reinforce the previous students statement by saying “everyone can find somewhere they belong,” although there were a few comments about students being “not aware of privilege and what that means.” Most students, however, are described as being active in Greek life or other campus organizations, and hardworking, and would explain the Bradley “balance” this way: “Life at school is great...People are still very determined to do well in school, to get their degree, and to get a great job upon graduation.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority

Students Say

Nearly all students respond that Bradley “feels like home.” Located in a residential neighborhood on the west bluff of the Illinois River, the eighty-five-acre campus is just one mile from downtown Peoria, Illinois. The distinctive feel of Bradley comes from a blend of large school opportunities with the quality, and personal attention of a small, private college (as one student puts it, campus “is just the right size”). What endears the university to most students is that it is able to provide outstanding resources and connections to big cities such as Chicago and St. Louis while maintaining the familiarity that comes from a small, liberal arts school. Peoria “has a lot to offer and students are starting to take more advantage of the array of activities they can do around town. There are lots of clubs and organizations that sponsor events throughout the school year, every day of the week. For fun we hang out with our friends, go to the on-campus movie theater, hike through the abundant nature preserves and parks, spend time in the quads on campus, campus-wide service projects are every Saturday.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

33% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Braves)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Braves)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

JoAnn Homann
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
1501 W. Bradley
Peoria, IL 61625



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Markin Family Student Recreation Center
Caterpillar Global Communications Center
Olin Hall of Science
Michel Student Center
Cullom-Davis Library
Bradley's 85 acre campus, is the heart of a residential neighborhood just 1 mile from downtown. Peoria is the largest metropolitan area in Illinois south of Chicago.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Peoria Riverfront Museum
The Peoria Civic Center
Wildlife Prairie Park
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie
The Illinois River Valley River Front
In addition to the world headquarters of Caterpillar Inc.,a Fortune 50 Company, Peoria is also the Downstate Medical Center of Illinois with several hospitals and a medical school. Downtown Peoria rests at the banks of the Illinois River and includes a variety of restaurants, theaters and unique shops.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

University Visit Days and Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Must be high school senior and have applied.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Peoria is just three hours by Interstate from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The Greater Peoria Airport is served by airlines with flights to the same cities as well as Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Tampa. There is daily bus service from Chicago's O'hare airport to our student center.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Travel Interstate 74 into Peoria and take exit 91. Proceed on University Street south through two stoplights and turn right into the main campus entrance. Parking is available in the first lot for all visitors.

Local Accommodations
There are more than a dozen popular locations within 3 miles of campus for overnight accommodations. Call the Visitors Center for help making a reservation.