Top 20 Universities in Illinois

Bradley University
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19. Bradley University

Bradley University is a private institution that was founded in 1897. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,855, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 85 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.

Its tuition and fees are $30,844 (2014-15).

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.


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 66.9 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bradley University is 12:1, and the school has 55.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at Bradley University include: Mechanical Engineering; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Civil Engineering, General.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.8 percent.

Student Life

Bradley University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,855, with a gender distribution of 48.2 percent male students and 51.8 percent female students.

At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 34 percent of students live off campus.

Bradley University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Campus 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.

Cost and Financial Aid

At Bradley University, 74.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,016.

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