Peoria, Illinois is part of a metropolitan community of approximately 360,000 residents situated along the scenic banks of the Illinois River.
Peoria is centrally located 3 hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Whether by plane, bus, or car, it is easy for international students to get in, out, and around the River City. The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport offers 26 daily flights on five airlines to nine national airports. Peoria Charter Coach provides five daily bus trips to locations in Chicago, including O’Hare International Airport.
Long-known for its wealth of industry and broad cross-section of American life, Peoria is quickly becoming one of the largest centers for biotechnical research and development in the Midwest. It is also the world headquarters for Caterpillar Inc., a Fortune 50 company and global manufacturer of heavy equipment.
Peoria is home to three professional sports teams, several multi-national corporations, a major performance and convention center, and Bradley University – one of the Nation's top-ranked, regional institutions of higher education.
Bradley and Peoria share much in common – a diverse population, world-class research facilities, outstanding fine arts and entertainment, and a great sense of community. Peoria offers the urban benefits of a big city and the personality of a small town.