Recognition and Guidebooks

U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report

Bradley University remains the top Illinois university in U.S. News and World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges rankings for Midwest Regional Universities in their 2021 edition.

In addition to tying for second as one of the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, the guide also recognizes the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology among the top 35 Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the country for non-doctorate degree offering schools. Also among the rankings, Bradley tied for 3rd Most Innovative School, Top 5 for Best Value and Top 10 for Undergraduate Teaching.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

For the fifth consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have ranked Bradley University as the top university in Illinois, and among the top 25 private universities in the nation, for Student Engagement in their 2021 college rankings.

The survey of more than 170,000 students measured enrolled student perceptions of how challenging the college’s classes are, whether classes foster critical thinking, whether classes prompt students to make real-world connections, the level of student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction and the likelihood the student would recommend the school to a friend.

Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution ranks Bradley No. 19 in the country on its list of colleges adding value to alumni earnings.

Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek has recognized Bradley’s Foster College of Business as the top private undergraduate business school in Illinois, as well as among the Top 50 business schools nationally, and among the Top 10 schools preparing students "for the jobs they want.”

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review recognized Bradley as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduates in its annual "Best Colleges" book. Only about 14% of America’s four-year colleges earn this distinction.

The Princeton Review also ranked Bradley's Game Design Program among the Top 10 in the world, as one of the Top 20 Best Schools for Internships and a 2021 Top Online Nursing Program.