Facilities and Services
Bradley University provides a comfortable setting designed for living and learning. A beautiful 85-acre campus contains both historic buildings and state-of-the-art learning centers. Surrounded by an historic residential district, the campus has restaurants and shops within walking distance and a complete array of campus dining options—some open until 3:00 a.m.
Bradley continuously updates facilities to keep pace with new methods of teaching and learning. Bradley’s second-oldest building, Westlake Hall, has recently been transformed into a state-of-the-art learning facility, equipped with the latest technologies. The renovation has expanded the building to six times its former size, growing from 13,500 to 85,000 square feet. In recent years complete renovations have taken place in Olin Hall (science), Constance Hall (music), and Bradley Hall.
The Renaissance Coliseum opened in August 2010. The Coliseum is the home court for women’s basketball and volleyball and provides a spacious venue for concerts and other performances. In Fall 2008, the state-of-the art Markin Family Student Recreation Center opened, offering a swimming pool, exercise facilities, and practice space for intramural sports. It serves as the social hub for student life on campus, houses Health Services, Counseling Center, and labs to support the Department of Nursing. A 600-space parking deck also opened in 2008.
St. James Apartment Complex
St. James Apartments at Bradley University is university owned, off-campus housing. Aside from being a Bradley University student, qualified individuals must have turned 20 years of age by September 1 of the current school year for the lease year the individual is applying for. The 17-building complex offers spacious one to four-bedroom apartments. Just a short distance (.3 miles) off campus, all units come fully furnished, including dishwasher, full-sized fridge and electric stove. Laundry facilities are located in each building. All utilities are provided, including internet service connected to the university’s network. St. James Apartments also includes 24-hour emergency maintenance and roommate matching in their four-bedroom apartments.
The Bradley Bookstore provides the books and supplies necessary for coursework at the university. The bookstore offers new, used, rental, and digital textbooks. A large selection of emblematic clothing and gifts, as well as medical, reference, and general reading books are available. Any book not carried in stock can be special ordered. All students, faculty, and staff with a valid school ID may purchase academically priced software online at www.thinkedu.com/bn. Greeting cards, snacks, and soda are also stocked.
The bookstore accepts Discover, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express cards or Quick Cash. Barnes and Noble gift cards are also accepted and available for purchase and can be used at any Barnes and Noble college bookstore or superstore.
Enterprise Services supports both the academic and administrative aspects of university computing. Enterprise Services supports campus-wide computer networks, the Campus Printing Service (CPS), connections to the Internet, and electronic mail.
Academic resources include a variety of computer systems and software used for instruction, research, and public service. Student workstations are located in the Cullom-Davis Library and many academic buildings. All residence hall rooms and St. James suites have wireless networking and wired network connections giving access to the campus network as well as the Internet. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer with them to campus. There is no charge to access the campus data network or the Internet. HelpDesk services are available in the Reserves area of the Library.
Student e-mail accounts
E-mail and network access accounts are automatically established for every student at Bradley University. Bradley uses e-mail as an official means of communication with students, so students should check their account on a regular basis.
Diversity and Inclusion
Located in the Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center (824 North Duryea Place across from Williams Hall), houses the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). Diversity and Inclusion functions to meet the various needs of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds—including students who are ethnically diverse, first generation, low income, and/or are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. The Center serves as a meeting place for students and community groups as well as a place for social and cultural events. It also has access to computers for students to use, as well as an auditorium on the first level for programming. Named in honor of the late professor emeritus of sociology, Dr. Romeo B. Garrett, the Center is open every day during the regular academic year.
The Markin Family Student Recreation Center is one of the main hubs for student traffic on Bradley’s campus, averaging over 1,100 students on a daily basis. At 130,000 square feet, the Markin Center boasts three levels that include a 46-foot rock-climbing wall, an indoor pool, four full-size basketball courts, 1/8 mile indoor track and three multi-purpose rooms. Located in the main lobby of Markin, Jerry’s Juice Bar is a nutritional pre- or post-workout dining option that offers smoothies, protein shakes, bagel sandwiches and an assortment of fresh snacks and salads. The Markin Center is also home to the offices of Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities, Bradley Health Services, Counseling Services and the Wellness office. In addition, Markin serves as the monthly host to Late Night BU, a campus wide late-night entertainment event that averages over 1,100 attendees (over 20 percent of the student body).
Health Services/Counseling Center
Student Health Services is an outpatient clinic that provides service to enrolled Bradley students who experience health problems. Students are assisted through advisement, treatment, consultations with health providers, and referral for extended treatment if necessary. While there is no charge for most on-site treatment, services provided through referral to outside agencies are charged by that care provider and are the student’s financial responsibility. The Center’s qualified staff of physicians, psychiatrist, counselors, and nurses is located in modern treatment offices in the Markin Center. They provide a point-of-entry for all university students to receive health care both at the Center and in the Peoria community. Professional counselors and supportive staff are trained to work with Bradley students in their growth and total development—social, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and occupational—as well as the environment in which they live.
Personal growth and development issues of adjustment to college, relationship concerns, alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety and stress management, communication skills, eating disorders, assertiveness, and lifestyle choices are some of the issues addressed by the counselors. Visits are confidential and free for Bradley students. The Center is open during the school year 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Center is open limited hours during breaks and regular summer school sessions. Students are seen on an appointment basis. At times when the Health Center is closed, patients are referred to the afterhours number, 677-3200, which connects to OSF St. Francis Phone Nurses Triage.
In addition to regular medical services, Health Services also offers special men’s and women’s clinics during the regular academic year. All students are required to have a student health form on file at Health Services before registering. To avoid penalties and delays in registering, return the completed health form and then verify through Health Services that it has been received and is complete.
Immunization Requirement: To comply with Illinois State law, all students registering for classes for the first time in a four-year college must show proof of proper immunization or titer showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and meningitis.
Counseling Center (A Division of Health Services)
Counseling is located in the lower level of Markin Recreation Center, Room 52. Students may bring their student ID with them to access the lower level. Counseling is staffed by a psychiatrist and professional counselors. Students may receive an assessment and therapy for disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, and relationship concerns. Visits are confidential and free for Bradley students who have paid the health fee. Contact Health Services at 677-2700 to make a counseling appointment. A nurse will speak directly with the student to gain information about the needed services & acuity of the problem. The student will be scheduled with a counselor or with the psychiatrist or physician based upon the presenting concerns.
Learning Design & Technology provides a diverse range of instructional media and production services in support of the academic and administrative needs of faculty, students, and staff. Primary services include: classroom and event support; classroom technology training and design; AV equipment and staff assistance; course capture; IP video and web conferencing; digital graphic, video, and copy services; video library; and a variety of general media services.
The Bradley University Library primarily serves the needs of the University’s students and faculty. Its collection encompasses more than 1,304,000 items—including approximately 518,000 books, periodicals, and government documents, electronic resources (journals, books, etc.), and a variety of audiovisual resources, manuscripts, and archival materials. The Library is a depository for both U.S. and Illinois government documents.
The Library’s resources and services are housed in the Cullom-Davis Library, which was renovated and enlarged to 107,000 square feet in 1990. The facility provides seating for 1,000 students and offers a coffee shop where students can take a study break, read, and socialize.
Among the facilities is the Virginius H. Chase Special Collections Center, established in 1979 in honor of a Peorian who became a widely recognized authority on the botany and natural history of Illinois. It houses and exhibits rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, and other resources that require special management, including the collections of the Peoria Historical Society and the Citizens to Preserve Jubilee College.
About 13,800 music scores, 10,000 recordings, and selected music reference materials are in the Music Resource Collection, which is located on the third floor. The Sports Communication Resource Center is also located on the third floor and contains books, clippings, and guides, all of which require special management.
As a participant in OCLC, a computerized bibliographic network, the Library and its clientele have ready access to millions of resources in over 6,000 libraries across the country and abroad. The Library also provides access to a wide variety of electronic journal indexes and abstracts and to many full-text databases at no charge to Bradley students and faculty. Through the University’s participation in the Alliance Library System, students and faculty may borrow materials from most other Peoria-area libraries. The Library is a member of CARLI (Consortia of Academic Research Libraries in Illinois), which provides an online catalog and circulation system that incorporates Bradley’s holdings and those of most of the other academic libraries in Illinois.
The CES Office operates a telephone switch and voice mail system for the campus. Technical staff support telephone equipment and information outlets in offices, residence hall rooms, and many public areas. Information outlets supply voice, data, and video services through connections to high-speed networks, AT&T, and other carriers’ local and long distance networks. Persons calling campus phones may call direct by dialing (309) 677- or (309) 495- and a phone’s four-digit extension.
Operated by Bradley University, WCBU/Peoria Public Radio is the member-supported public radio service and National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate for central Illinois. WCBU’s mission is to provide excellence in news and music programming with a local emphasis, while at the same time providing valuable professional experience for Bradley students.
WCBU's primary channel provides a full 24-hour schedule of NPR news and information, local news, and public affairs programming on WCBU 89.9. Classical WCBUHD2 offers a 24-hour schedule of classical music. WCBUHD2 can be received using new HD Radio receivers and online at PeoriaPublicRadio.org.
Radio Information Service: The station also offers a special subcarrier channel for those who are blind or unable to read for themselves. Special receivers are provided free to qualified users. RIS offers volunteer opportunities for students and community members to read local publications on the air. Information is available on the website or by calling 309-677-3585.