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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley, founded in 1897, is a private university. Bradley's ideal size and comprehensive nature provides students with a selection of more than 90 programs from five undergraduate colleges. Students benefit from a talented, scholarly faculty dedicated to teaching and mentoring and are afforded opportunities for research, internships, practicums, cooperative education, and leadership experiences. Furthermore, Bradley is a pioneer in information technology and provides students electronic access to campus and global information resources from their dorm rooms. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business Administration, Communications and Fine Arts, Education and Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. Its 75-acre campus is located in a residential area of Peoria.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students4,473
   Women2,264 (50.6%)
   Men2,209 (49.4%)
Graduate Students1,125


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate70% of 9,786 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.67
SAT Math555 average
480-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading547 average
480-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing526 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$45,496
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met75%
Average Freshman Award$24,549
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 34% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Peoria Population116,513
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 51% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities28.9% of women participate
Fraternities 30% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.9% Asian
4.9% Black/African-American
6.9% Hispanic/Latino
1.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.7% White
25.7% Unknown
International Students1.5% from 30 countries
First-Year Students Returning87.2%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.68 3.89 583 583 27
Low 3.10 3.19 460 540 18
High 4.00 4.43 700 620 34
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Lydia Moss Bradley founded the University, originally called Bradley Polytechnic Institute, as a memorial to her husband and children.385

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