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Bradley Application Periods

Bradley University offers three admission periods for first-year 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.


  • Completed Application
  • Official copy of a high school transcript sent directly from your high school.
  • One or two-page personal statement or essay. Be sure to include your full name on each page.
  • For non-U.S. citizens who will not earn a U.S. high school diploma, scores from one of these standardized test are required: TOEFL, IELTS, E3PT, PTE Academic, ACT or SAT.


  • Standardized test scores, SAT or ACT, are considered by the admission committee if they are provided. Students who elect to send official scores should request they be sent directly from the testing service or confirm with their high school that they are included on an official high school transcript.
  • One letter of recommendation may be valuable for some students. Students may elect to include a letter from a teacher, school counselor, coach, or school activity advisor. No specific form is required.