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founded 1987, colleges & schools: 8

General

  • Year founded: 1897
  • Founder: Lydia Moss Bradley
  • Location: Peoria, IL
  • Colleges and schools: 8
  • Alumni: 70,000+
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
students

Bradley students

  • Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students
  • Students come from across the U.S. and 33 countries
  • Students of color: 24% of the freshman class
  • Men: 49% of undergraduates; women: 51%
  • Freshman enrollment: 1093
  • Transfer enrollment: 205
  • Middle 50% ACT score: 23-28
  • Middle 50% SAT score: 1000-1250
  • Three-year average for graduates who started a career, graduate school, or other postgraduate experience within six months of graduation: 92%
academics

Academics

  • Average class size: 21 students
  • Faculty:
    • More than 350 full-time faculty members
    • Full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degrees: 85%
    • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • More than 185 undergraduate programs in five colleges:
    • Foster College of Business
    • Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts
    • College of Education & Health Sciences
    • Caterpillar College of Engineering & Technology
    • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • More than 30 graduate programs, including:
    • AACSB-accredited MBA
    • Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Online degree programs
  • Study abroad
    • Short-term academic programs with Bradley faculty and students
    • Extended study abroad opportunities at a number of distinguished universities and programs
alumni

Alumni

  • More than 70,000 worldwide
  • Famous Alumni:
    • Ray LaHood '71, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
    • General John Shalikashvili '58*, retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Congressman Robert H. Michel '48, retired Congressman and longest serving Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
    • Lillian Glass '74, noted speech pathologist and speech communication author and speaker
    • Rene C. Byer '80, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, senior photographer, Sacramento Bee
    • David Horowitz '59, consumer advocate
    • Tom Wagner '60, retired vice president for customer communication and satisfaction at Ford Motor Co.
    • Kary Mcllwain '81, President and CEO Young & Rubicam Chicago
    • Tami Lane '96, winner of an Academy Award, prosthetic make-up artist
    • The Honorable Joe Billy McDade, '59, '60, United States District Court Federal Judge
    • Richard Teerlink '61, retired chairman of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
       
      * deceased 
campus

Campus

  • 77 buildings on an 84-acre campus
  • Located in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood
  • One mile from downtown Peoria
  • Eight miles from the Peoria International Airport
  • Student organizations: 240+
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Finances

  • Financial strengths:
    • Endowment as of October 31, 2016: $280 million
    • 2016-17 budget: $157 million
  • Tuition and expenses:
    • 2016-17 tuition: $31,740
    • 2016-17 room & board: $10,010
    • 2016-17 activity & health fee: $380
  • Financial assistance awards:
    • Received by more than 90% of Bradley students
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Sports

  • A rich Division 1 athletic tradition within the Missouri Valley Conference, with numerous championships
  • Home to 15 varsity sports and an active intramural and recreational sports program
  • 130,000-square-foot Markin Family Student Recreation Center
  • 4,200-seat Renaissance Coliseum
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Accreditation

  • Accredited by 22 national accrediting agencies, including the Higher Learning Commission. A complete list of accreditations is available at the accreditation section.