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Academics

Bradley University, a mid-sized private university in Peoria, Illinois, offers more than 185 academic programs throughout its undergraduate and graduate schools, and "if there's not one that you like, you can make a hybrid degree." Students say that the university's biggest advantages are that it combines both large and small school benefits and is "super dedicated to getting all students real work experience before they graduate." Unique programs like the Hollywood Semester (where students live in Los Angeles for six months and intern in all aspects of the entertainment business) and the engineering practicum come together with the curriculum in the service of "bettering you for your life after college" by "helping you develop the personal and professional skills you'll need after Bradley." Thanks to the school's size, first-years at Bradley are "able to be involved in hands-on learning...that at larger universities would be reserved for graduate students." The school "is set up for you to succeed," so there are resources (such as free tutoring) to support students.

The "challenging and rigorous" curriculum ("grades are earned, not given") is taught entirely by professors, who present students with lab research opportunities and internship connections. Faculty are "always willing to provide additional clarification and assistance" to help students gain a better understanding of materials. Each professor has office hours when students can ask questions and receive advisement, and "the content of teaching is always powerful and meaningful." These teachers are beloved across the board, and "are so genuinely caring" about not just students' education, but their personal health. "My professors regularly check up on me to make sure I am eating, sleeping, and happy," says one student of the "fantastic mentors" at Bradley.

Student Body

Bradley's student body is composed of "highly intellectual, diverse" students who push each other "to consider other viewpoints and considerations during classroom discussions." This "academically-driven" group is "aware of the importance of a good education" and "takes full advantage of the opportunities offered." "I have never been on a college campus where everyone is so genuinely happy to be where they are," says one student. Bradley's sense of campus camaraderie is strong, and "when one good thing happens, it trickles through the Bradley community." Because students count themselves as members of so many clubs, there are great networking opportunities, and "most students know one another or know someone who knows someone."

Campus Life

With so many organizations on campus, students tend to fill their time with "volunteering, going to meetings for different clubs, and hanging out with their Bradley family." Students rave about the "perfect size" of Bradley, which "feels like a small hometown in the middle of a big city." It is "large enough to have lots of major programs, extracurriculars, and internship connections," but not so large where one feels lost in the sea of students. Instead, "you are comfortable to go out of your comfort zone." The campus diversity is evident in the school's over 240 clubs and organizations, which include the American Sign Language club, the Association of Latin American Students, Jazz Ensemble, Swing Dance Society, Pinterest Club, and Greek life (which involves 30 percent of students). Off-campus, students "go on hikes," go to East Peoria for food, visit the Walmart, or frequent the very popular Ice Cream Shack. Many students here play intramural sports, and "partying is popular on the weekends" once work is done. However if that's not your scene, then there are "definitely other things to do." "People spend lots of time in the library and in the quad when the weather is nice."

Overview

Applicants
9,786
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.67

GPA Breakdown

45%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 580

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 640

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.1:1
Total Faculty
582
with Terminal Degree
285

314
Men
268
Women
78
Minority
10
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Auditing
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Selling Skills and Sales Operations
  • Small Business Administration/Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Sports Communication

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Graphic Communications, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • 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
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • 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

  • Engineering

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
  • 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)
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

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

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • 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/Studio Arts, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Ray LaHood
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Charley Steiner
Commentator, Los Angeles Dodgers

Rene C. Byer
Pulitizer Prize-winning photographer

Tami Lane
Oscar-winning makeup/prosthetic artist

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

Keith Bane
Founder, Nextel phones

Stephen Gorman
CEO, Borden Dairy Company

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$50,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$88,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$90,100

Percent High Job Meaning
49%

Percent STEM
21%


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 PayScale.com reported an average starting salary of $49,900 and 49 percent described their job as being meaningful.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,808

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,801

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,374

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$31,740
Required Fees
$380
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$700

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,010
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,473
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

2.84%
Asian
4.84%
African-American
6.79%
Hispanic
56.90%
Caucasian
25.25%
Unknown
1.48%
International

51% female
49% male
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
62%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
240
Number of Honor Societies
31

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
12

30% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

28% participate in intramural sports
5% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Braves)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Braves)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Common Ground: http://www.bradley.edu/campuslife/diversity/organizations/

Minority Support Groups: Office of Diversity and Inclusion: http://bradley.edu/diversity/

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

71/99

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
322

Average Number of PC's per Lab
13

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
JoAnn Homann
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1501 W. Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625

Phone
309-677-1000

Email
jah@bradley.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Markin Family Student Recreation Center
Caterpillar Global Communications Center
Olin Hall of Science
Michel Student Center
Renaissance Coliseum
Bradley's 85-acre campus is in the heart of the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood just 1 mile from downtown. Peoria is the largest metropolitan area in Illinois south of Chicago, being three hours from Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Peoria Riverfront Museum
The Peoria Civic Center
Wildlife Prairie Park
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie
The Illinois River Valley RiverFront
In addition to being home to the world headquarters of Caterpillar Inc.,a Fortune 50 company, Peoria also is 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
Monday through Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST
309-677-1000

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Visit Days and Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
jah@bradley.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be a high school senior who has applied to Bradley.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Peoria is just three hours by interstate from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport is served by airlines with flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix, Punta Gorda and Tampa. There is daily bus service from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports 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.


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