Recognition & Guidebooks

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News and World ReportIn Best Colleges 2016, U.S.News & World Report recognized Bradley as the top Illinois university of its type and number four overall among Midwest Regional Universities providing a full range of undergraduate and master's programs. The Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology was also ranked nationally as one of the 35 best undergraduate engineering schools and the Foster College of Business was ranked as one of the best undergraduate business schools. The annual survey also recognized Bradley as a Top 10 "great school at a great price" in the Midwest. This ranking compares a school's academic quality, as indicated by its ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial assistance.

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.

The Princeton Review

The Princton ReviewAgain this year, Bradley was included in The Princeton Review's "The Best 380 Colleges." Only 15% of all four-year colleges receive this distinction each year, and Bradley has regularly been included on the list. The distinction is based on detailed profiles and opinions from independent college counselors, students, parents and campus visits. The review praised Bradley's extensive academic resources, personal attention to students and its ideal class sizes.

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.

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.

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.

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.