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Peoria, IL


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Bradley University Prepares Students for Success in Careers, Graduate School, and Life

Bradley University is a private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering more than 100 academic programs to 5,400 students. Students enjoy extensive resources not available at most small colleges and personal attention not commonly found at large universities.

Bradley University ranks among "Peterson's" 440 Colleges for Top Students and the Best 377 Colleges by "Princeton Review." "U.S. News & World Report" annually selects Bradley as being among the Top 15 Percent of schools in the nation. Bradley University has also been ranked among the Top Ten Midwest Master's-Level Universities in "U.S. News & World Report" every year since the magazine began its college rankings.

On average, 93 percent of graduates start jobs or are attending graduate school within six months of graduation. The school stands above other private Illinois universities in helping prepare students for success in careers and graduate school; Bradley's Smith Career Center provides comprehensive career resource for students. Ninety-six percent of students reported having at least one experiential or career-related work experience.

Bradley University Offers a Residential Campus Close to Metropolitan Peoria

Bradley's residential campus is located in a historic neighborhood just one-mile from downtown Peoria - the largest metropolitan area in downstate Illinois. Peoria is home to several multinational corporations, businesses, and research centers that offer numerous internships and chances for practicums and cooperative education. Additionally, Peoria offers an abundance of fine and performing arts, cultural attractions, shopping, entertainment, and professional sports teams. Both Chicago and St. Louis are less than a three-hour drive.

Undergraduates Can Choose From More Than 100 Majors and Academic Programs at Bradley University

Bradley University offers a myriad of degrees, making it very competitive among private Illinois universities. Students may pursue more than 100 undergraduate academic programs. Bradley University's Graduate School offers master's degrees in more than thirty areas of study.

In addition to the traditional liberal arts and sciences, Bradley University academic programs include business, communications, education, engineering, fine and performing arts, and health sciences. Unique programs include entrepreneurship, game design, health science with a direct entry to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy, hospitality leadership, interactive media, and sports communication.

Bradley University's five academic colleges and graduate school are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

Faculty Members at Bradley University Introduce Students to Invaluable Real-World Experiences

Bradley University is home to more than 375 teaching faculty members. Class sizes are small compared to other private Illinois universities; the student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 21 students. Academic, career, and personal counseling are readily available to all students. Bradley University is nationally recognized for the excellence of its faculty members, who not only teach undergraduates but also are active researchers and consultants in the academic disciplines. Bradley University students are encouraged to take advantage of a wealth of internships, co-ops, practicums, undergraduate research, and other "real-world" experiences. Bradley's retention, graduation, and placement rates are among the highest in the nation.

Special Programs at Bradley Range From Academics to Honors and Service to Preparation for Graduate School

Bradley University students may prepare for graduate school with expert guidance from a full-service Pre-Law Center, a pre-med program, and more than thirty graduate programs that include a Doctorate of Physical Therapy located at Bradley. Popular five-year undergraduate/graduate programs include B.S./M.S. options in accounting, biology, chemistry, or finance.

More than 125 new students start out each year in Bradley's Academic Exploration Program (AEP), a comprehensive program that helps undecided students choose a major after enrollment.

Additional programs that attract wide interest include the Honors Program, ROTC, The Center for Principled Leadership, the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service, and an extensive study-abroad program.

Bradley University Students Are Involved in Student Organizations, Many in Leadership and Community Service

Bradley University students are involved in more than 240 student organizations, including more than sixty dedicated to student leadership and community service. Some of the most active groups on campus including the national champion speech team, a popular fraternity and sorority system, and more than a dozen student religious groups. In addition to fifteen 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 University's Scholarships and Financial Assistance Help Make It a Top School at a Great Price

In its 2014 edition of America's Best Colleges, "U.S. News & World Report" ranked Bradley among the Top Schools at Great Prices. More than 90 percent of Bradley students use one or more financial assistance programs and a competitive scholarship program with scholarships ranging from $4,000 to full-tuition. Average financial assistance approaches nearly $14,000 per student.

Location & Contact

Address 1501 W. Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL  61625
United States
Contact Dr. Justin Ball
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Phone: 309-677-1000
Fax: 309-677-2797

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Directing And Theatrical Production Checkmark
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Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2.75
One recommendation
Other requirements: Audition required of music majors and recommended for theatre majors, portfolio recommended for art majors

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 595 550 640
SAT Math 591 540 650
ACT Composite 26 23 28

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

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99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 10.36%
Black or African American 6.95%
White or Caucasian 72.71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.02%
Asian 3.45%
Two or more races 3.28%
Other 1.54%


Male (49.28%)
Female (50.72%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 67%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Late Night BU, Student Organization Fair and Taste of Bradley

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Activities Council of Bradley University, CRU (Campus Christian group), Fraternity/Sorority Life, Service on Saturday and Alpha Phi Omega (Coed Service)

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
emergency text messaging, mass notification/emergency communication system in 20 academic buildings


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Division 1 No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark Checkmark No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Division 1 No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Fencing No No No
Field Hockey Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
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Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 354
Part-time - 235
Male - 303
Female - 286