Bradley at a Glance

Bradley University is a medium-sized, private, comprehensive university located in the Central Illinois, metropolitan community of Peoria, Illinois. Founded in 1897 by Lydia Moss Bradley, the university has a long and distinguished tradition of academic and co-curricular excellence. For over a decade, Bradley has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten regional universities in the Nation by US News & World Report.

Discover how our blend of quality academics, focused career preparation, collaborative relationships and extensive activities and leadership opportunities provides you with a one-of-a-kind college experience.


  • 77 buildings on an 84-acre campus
  • Located in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood
  • One mile from downtown Peoria
  • Eight miles from the Peoria International Airport


  • Accredited by 22 national accrediting agencies, including the Higher Learning Commission. A complete list of accreditations is available at the accreditation section.

Academic programs

  • More than 100 undergraduate programs in five colleges:
    • Foster College of Business
    • Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts
    • College of Education & Health Sciences
    • Caterpillar College of Engineering & Technology
    • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • More than 30 graduate programs, including:
    • AACSB-accredited MBA
    • Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Newly launched online degree programs.

Bradley students

  • Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students
  • Students come from across the U.S. and 33 countries
  • Students of color: 20% of the freshman class
  • Men: 49% of undergraduates; women: 51%
  • Freshman enrollment: 929
  • Transfer enrollment: 210
  • Middle 50% ACT score: 23-28
  • Middle 50% SAT score: 1000-1250
  • Three-year average for graduates who started a career, graduate school, or other postgraduate experience within six months of graduation: 93%

Financial strengths

  • Endowment as of October 30, 2015: $280 million
  • 2015-16 budget: $174 million

Tuition and expenses

  • 2015-16 tuition: $31,110
  • 2015-16 total (tuition + $9,700 room & board + $370 fees): $41,180

Financial assistance awards

  • Received by more than 85% of Bradley students


  • More than 350 full-time faculty members
  • Full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degrees: 85%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1

Average class size

  • 21 students

Student organizations

  • More than 240, including the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service


  • One of only a small percentage of institutions offering Internet2 access, which provides learning opportunities in collaboration with students and faculty at other institutions

Study abroad

  • Short-term academic programs with Bradley faculty and students
  • Extended study abroad opportunities at a number of distinguished universities and programs


  • A rich Division 1 athletic tradition within the Missouri Valley Conference, with numerous championships
  • Home to 15 varsity sports and an active intramural and recreational sports program
  • 130,000-square-foot Markin Family Student Recreation Center
  • 4,200-seat Renaissance Coliseum


  • More than 70,000 worldwide
  • Famous Alumni:
    • Ray LaHood '71, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
    • General John Shalikashvili '58*, retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Congressman Robert H. Michel '48, retired Congressman and longest serving Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
    • Lillian Glass '74, noted speech pathologist and speech communication author and speaker
    • Rene C. Byer '80, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, senior photographer, Sacramento Bee
    • David Horowitz '59, consumer advocate
    • Tom Wagner '60, retired vice president for customer communication and satisfaction at Ford Motor Co.
    • Kary Mcllwain '81, President and CEO Young & Rubicam Chicago
    • Tami Lane '96, winner of an Academy Award, prosthetic make-up artist
    • The Honorable Joe Billy McDade, '59, '60, United States District Court Federal Judge
    • Richard Teerlink '61, retired chairman of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
      * deceased