Recognition & Guidebooks

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News and World ReportIn Best Colleges 2017, U.S.News & World Report recognized Bradley as the top Illinois university of its type and number six overall among Midwest Regional Universities. The Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology was also ranked nationally as one of the 25 best undergraduate engineering schools and the Foster College of Business was ranked as one of the best undergraduate business schools. Bradley also remains among the top ten regional universities for veterans.

Bradley's Doctor of Physical Therapy program was ranked among the top 100 programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's 2013 issue of America's Best Graduate Schools.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

The inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, places Bradley in a tie for 6th in the nation for student engagement among all schools and in a tie for first in the nation among non-religiously affiliated schools. The WSJ/THE rankings incorporate results from a survey of 100,000 college students. It takes into consideration the students' experience with their professors to how much they collaborated on projects and were pushed to think critically, and whether they would recommend their school to others.

Bradley was also ranked highest in the area of student engagement among colleges and universities in Illinois. The WSJ/THE College Rankings rankings offer insight into a number of elements that should be taken into account during the college search process.

Money Magazine

Money’s Best Colleges ranks Bradley 88 out of 736 colleges and universities that deliver the most value. The rankings consider schools with  a great education, at an affordable price, that helps students launch promising careers.

Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution ranked Bradley #19 in the country ​on their list of colleges ​adding value​ ​to alumni earnings​. ​The nonprofit public policy organization estimated how much a college directly contributed to alumni salaries by predicting their earnings based on the college’s institutional, student and locational characteristics, and comparing that to what alumni were actually making 10 years after graduating.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

In 2016, the Foster College of Business at Bradley received its fifth extension of accreditation for both its business and accounting degree programs from AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As the longest serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide, AACSB accredits 755 of the world’s best business schools across 51 countries and territories. In 1978 the Foster College of Business became the 77th college of business to earn AACSB accreditation and is proud to have maintained this accreditation continuously since that time.

"E" Award

The International Trade Center in Bradley's Foster College of Business received the prestigious 2009 Presidential "E" Award for U.S. Exporters. Only 21 awards are being given nationally and the Bradley ITC is the only trade center in the country to be recognized. The President's "E" Award was created by Executive Order by President John F. Kennedy on December 5, 1961, to recognize persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. It is the highest U.S. Government recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity.


Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review ranked Bradley's undergraduate entrepreneurship program among the top 25 programs in the nation. ranks Bradley University among the top 10 percent of undergraduate colleges and universities in America. The Forbes rankings, compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, uses twelve factors to calculate the rankings, each of which falls into one of five categories: student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

The University is ranked among the 100 best values in private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Ranking are based on excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum and other factors including faculty-student ratios and SAT scores.

Fulbright Awards

FulbrightStudents and faculty continue to be awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for study abroad. Bradley was ranked sixth nationally among universities of its type for producing Fulbright students in 2013-14.

Innovation in Leadership of Business Education Award

Bradley's Executive MBA program has received the Innovation in Leadership of Business Education Award from the AACSB International. The award is given by the Mid-Continent East Division of AACSB. The Foster College was one of three schools to receive the award.

National Women's Hall of Fame

Bradley founder Lydia Moss-Bradley was selected for induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1998.


Petersons 440 Colleges for Top StudentsPetersons 440 Colleges for Top Students selects Bradley from a group of more than 3,600 colleges and universities that “attract and admit an above-average share of the nation’s high achieving students.”

President's Community Service Honor Roll

Bradley's commitment to community service was recognized in 2013 by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an award administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor highlights Bradley's civic engagement and service-learning programs on campus as well as its student volunteer work around the globe.

The Princeton Review: Top Game Design Program

In 2015, the Princeton Review named Bradley as one of the “Top Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design.” The University was selected from 150 universities that offer game design courses and/or degrees. Bradley has offered the video game design concentration through the Department of Interactive Media and the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems since fall 2010. Its ranking is based on quality of curriculum, faculty credentials, facilities and resources.

Washington Monthly

In Washington Monthly’s Magazine’s Best Bang for the Buck listing 2015, Bradley ranks among the top schools for best value for your money based on net price, how well they do graduating students and how much those students go on to earn .

Animation Career Review

Bradley's game design program was ranked #6 in the Midwest by Animation Career Review. The website also ranked Bradley's animation program #23 in the region.

Military Friendly Schools

Military Friendly Schools are the top 20% of schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.