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Bradley University

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Founded in 1897, Bradley University is located in Peoria, Illinois and is situated on an eighty-seven acre campus in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood. The school offers bachelor’s degrees, graduate programs and continuing education courses in over two hundred areas as well as providing an active study abroad program. The school is extremely active in the community and strives to provide assistance by working closely with local organizations and providing youth programs.

There is a lively student life, including on-campus housing, more than 250 student organizations and an athletics club that offers fourteen varsity sports teams and numerous intramural activities and club sports. The school is also one of only a handful of small schools that offers Internet2 access that allows students to work collaboratively with students and faculty at other educational institutions.


Bradley University offers over eighty bachelor’s degrees and over forty graduate degrees that are available via seven different colleges. Some of these include the Foster College of Business Administration, the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts and the Graduate School. Undergraduate degrees include a wide array of choices including standard subjects such as accounting, civil engineering, psychology and biology but they also offer several areas of study that are not found at every college. Some of these, such as construction, learning behavior specialist, interactive media specializations and biomedical mechanical engineering prepare students for careers in budding industries that have become more and more in need in recent years.

The university also offers numerous centers and institutes that exist to serve the needs of the students or act as research facilities that address real-world issues and seek to find solutions to those issues via interactive projects that provide students with relevant, functional experience in their chosen fields of study. Some of these programs, including the Institute for Talented and Gifted Youth and the Illinois Small Business Development Center, provide valuable community services as well.

Bradley University also offers an extensive study abroad program supported via the International Programs Office. This provides students in any major with the opportunity to study abroad either for a full year or semester or during group travel periods that allow the student to travel abroad with other BU students and faculty for short, intensive periods. This program provides valuable experience to students that are going to be working in a global economy. Some of the places that students may choose to study include Africa, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Austria, Ireland and Egypt among many others. Financial aid is also available via the student’s on-campus financial aid award to help offset the expense of this program.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Bradley University has three application periods that undergraduate freshman can apply within. Each application period applies for enrollment for fall semesters which begin in August. Admitted students will need to reserve their seat in the class by submitting the enrollment fee postmarked by May 1. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus except when they are living with parents in a place close enough for daily commuting. Should a student miss the May 1 deadline, they will be considered only if there is space.

First-year undergraduate students must submit a competed application that is available online, official high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores that have been sent directly from the testing center and a short personal essay or statement. Students will also need to submit at least one letter of recommendation but the applicant may submit more than one if they feel that it will be helpful.

Graduate Admissions

Though each graduate school may require different application materials, there are minimum documents that must be submitted regardless of any other requirements. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited university or the equivalent and a minimum GPA in all undergraduate coursework. Students with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale are automatically admitted. Students without the minimum GPA will be considered depending upon graduate school admissions tests, undergraduate preparation, recommendations and other factors.

Other documents required for each graduate school include the application and fee, an admission essay that explains achievements, career goals and experience as it applies to success in graduate school, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a resume and official test scores. Applicants should be aware that just because they meet the minimum requirements, that does not guarantee acceptance to any graduate program. Application reviews do not start until the application packet is complete so students should refer to the individual graduate school to which they would like to apply for more information and to determine what exactly is needed to apply.

Meeting requirements for admission to the Graduate School does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Individual programs may have additional admission requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog or the Program page on the web site for the requirements specific to the program in which you are interested.

Financial Aid

Bradley University offers a comprehensive financial aid package to help needy students defray the cost of college including university, local, state and federally subsidized scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. There are numerous independent need-based scholarships that are available only to Bradley students. Any student who wishes to apply for financial aid should begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online beginning in January. Financial information for both the student and family will be required in order to complete the application, so students should have this information prior to starting the application process.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The Bradley Braves are an NCAA Division I athletics department that offers several varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, tennis and golf. Men may additionally choose to participate in baseball and soccer while women have the alternative options of softball, track and field and volleyball. The team’s colors are red and white, and there are numerous facilities that the teams may utilize for competition including Shea Stadium, Laura Bradley Park and WeaverRidge Golf Course.


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Ranks 8th in Illinois and 181st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 3 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 24 0.43
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 13 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 477 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 16 0.01
Forcible Rape 33 0.03
Robbery 288 0.25
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,721 1.49
Larceny 3,460 3.00
Vehicle theft 257 0.22

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1717

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 545th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $29,320 $29,320 $29,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $344 $344 $344
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $780 $780 $780
FT Graduate Tuition $14,040 $14,040 $14,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $50 $50 $50
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $780 $780 $780
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $42,090 $42,090 $42,090
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $42,040 $42,040 $42,040
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $36,440 $36,440 $36,440

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $26,704 $28,284 $26,704 $28,284 $26,704 $28,284
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,200 $8,700
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,126 $2,146
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,200 $8,700
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,126 $2,146
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,276 $4,296

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,969 (3,880 male / 5,089 female)
Admitted 6,004 (2,589 male / 3,415 female)
Admission rate 67%
First-time Enrollment 1,085 (511 male / 574 female)
FT Enrollment 1,082 (509 male / 573 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (2 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,430

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Missouri Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

275th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

262nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 7%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1270

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,124
Meals per Week14
Room Fee$5,250
Board Fee$3,800

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 936th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,964 ($82,397 male / $63,850 female)
Number of FT Faculty 345 (209 male / 136 female)
Number of PT Faculty 589
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $13,914,166

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