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Bradley Application Periods

Bradley University offers three admission periods for freshman fall applications. All application periods are Rolling Admission. Applications are reviewed as they are completed, and admission decisions are made throughout each admission period.

Apply Notification Scholarships Financial Award
Early Action Jul 1 – Nov 1 Sept – Nov Priority By Nov 15
Regular Nov 1 – Feb 1 Nov – Feb Regular Dec - Feb
Extended After Feb 1 Feb – April As Available Feb - Apr

Best consideration for admission and scholarships is provided during the Early Action period. For students looking at programs in Nursing, Game Design and Animation, it is strongly encouraged that the application is completed during the Early Action application period.

  • July 1: Bradley Application opens
  • August 1: Common Application opens
  • September 10: Early Action admission decisions announced on a rolling basis
  • October 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available
  • November 1: Early Action Deadline
  • November 2: Regular Admission begins
  • Mid-November: Financial Aid notification begins
  • February 1: Regular Admission Deadline
  • February 2: Extended Admission continues as space and scholarships are available
  • May 1: Enrollment Reply Deadline

Early Action benefits include full academic scholarship consideration and first opportunities to begin signing up for housing and orientation. Early Action at Bradley University is non-binding.


  • Complete application
  • Official copy of high school transcripts sent to Bradley directly from your high school.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing service or included on an official high school transcript for students applying to begin August 2020. Test scores are optional for students starting Fall 2021.
  • One letter of recommendation is recommended, but not required. In some cases, more letters may be helpful. No specific form is needed.
  • One- or two-page personal statement or essay. Be sure to include your full name on each page.