Bradley one of the “Best”

August 3, 2010

Cited for its “passion, tradition and a striving for consistent improvement and excellence,” Bradley University has been named one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the latest edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 373 Colleges.”

In its evaluation of Bradley, The Princeton Review said the institution was affordable yet prestigious with “intimate class settings” and “devoted professors.” Bradley provides students with “everything they need to be successful out in the ‘real world,’ while making them feel at home. Bradley is all about teaching the individual student and developing one’s intellect for what comes next.”

Only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are highlighted in the college guide which includes detailed profiles of the colleges with ratings in eight categories based on opinions from independent college counselors, students and parents, and school visits.

“I wish to express my appreciation to The Princeton Review for once again recognizing Bradley as one of the best universities in America,” Bradley President Joanne Glasser said. “Our students benefit from a personalized, customized educational experience due to our passionate and engaged faculty and staff. The total enriched undergraduate experience that occurs both inside and outside the classroom contributes to Bradley being identified as a university of national distinction by The Princeton Review.”

President Glasser and the University administration were applauded for a commitment to soliciting student opinion. President Glasser “makes an excellent role model for young women.” She is “very in tune” and “makes (students) her number one priority,” the Review quoted students as saying.

The Princeton analysis said that students are drawn to Bradley for its “job placement, good facilities, diverse areas of study, student/teacher relationships, and class sizes.” Bradley professors are very knowledgeable and have a vested interest in every student’s learning, students said. The guidebook’s survey of campus life found Bradley had great facilities, highlighting our new Markin Family Student Recreation Center.

The Princeton Review recommended Bradley to “out-of-state students seeking to attend an excellent university without having to endure the grueling admissions process of many private universities.”

Among the unique academic programs highlighted were entrepreneurship, physical therapy, interactive media and sports communication. Our “great nursing program” was also singled out for praise.

In its “Best of the Midwest” examination, the Princeton Review selected Bradley as one of the 152 best institutions in the 12-state Midwestern region, based on its excellent academic programs.  

The rankings are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students attending the colleges included in the book. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each of the rankings in the book and at

The 19th annual edition of The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and its lists of institutions in "The Best 373 Colleges" at Bradley's profile page is available at