Recognition & Guidebooks

U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News & World Report

In Best Colleges 2018, U.S. News & World Report recognized Bradley as the top Illinois university of its type and No. 6 overall and No. 5 best values among Midwest Regional Universities providing a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. The Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology was ranked nationally as one of the 30 best engineering schools not offering an engineering doctorate, the Foster College of Business was ranked as one of the best undergraduate business schools, and Bradley was ranked among the Top 10 regional universities for veterans. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Bradley’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program among the Top 100 programs in the nation, and the highest ranked part-time MBA program in Illinois outside of the Chicago area in its America’s Best Graduate Schools guide.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Bradley University has been recognized as one of the Top 10 schools in the U.S. for student engagement by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2017. Bradley is tied at No. 6 in the nation for student engagement among all schools, and it is tied for first in the nation among non-religiously affiliated schools. The survey of more than 100,000 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.

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.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

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

Brookings Institution

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

Washington Monthly

In Washington Monthly’s College Ranking 2016, Bradley was ranked 28 of 634 nationally for master’s-level colleges based on their contribution to the public good and among 36 of 367 Midwestern schools on the list Best Bang for the Buck.

Animation Career Review

Animation Career Review ranks Bradley’s game design program No. 9 in the Midwest. Ranking criteria include academic reputation, admission selectivity, value and depth and breadth of the program.

Military Friendly Schools

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

Bloomberg Businessweek

In 2016, Bloomberg Businessweek recognized Bradley’s Foster College of Business as the top private undergraduate business school in Illinois, as well as among the Top 50 schools nationally and the Top 10 for preparing “students for the jobs they want.”