Bradley among “Best Colleges”

August 17, 2010

For the twelfth consecutive year Bradley University is ranked among the top universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual publication America's Best Colleges.

After being selected recently by the Princeton Review as one of “The Best 373 Colleges” in America, Bradley received national recognition for the College of Engineering & Technology and its internship programs, and regional recognition for being a “Great School at a Great Price” by U.S. News. Bradley placed first in the U.S. News rankings in Illinois among master’s level universities, and sixth in the entire Midwest.

“The U.S. News & World Report’s ranking is another independent confirmation that Bradley is providing one of the nation’s best educational environments for our students," Bradley President Joanne Glasser said.  “Bradley continues to offer an outstanding academic experience that prepares our students for success. The U.S. News ranking is further evidence that Bradley is becoming an institution of national distinction.

“Bradley is recognized as a top university because we offer a personalized, customized educational experience that prospective students encounter the day they first walk on campus, Bradley students experience until the day of commencement, and Bradley alumni remember as a key component of their Bradley education.” 

Bradley’s College of Engineering & Technology was rated among the best in the nation. The University also earned national recognition for its excellent internship program and as one of the five best Great Schools at Great Prices in the Midwest, a listing of institutions that offers high quality programs at a more affordable cost.

“I am pleased the U.S. News recognized that our students get fascinating and interesting internships across the country, positions that prepare them to follow their dreams after they graduate, and that our College of Engineering is one of the best in America,” President Glasser said. “Thanks to our Renaissance Campaign, Bradley also is building a campus for the future, adding the highest quality educational and recreational facilities to serve the diverse needs of our faculty and students.”

U.S. News ranks 1,400 universities based on a number of factors including faculty resources, student selectivity, retention rate, class size, financial resources and alumni giving. Bradley boasts an impressive 88 percent freshman to sophomore retention rate; nearly half of the university’s classes have fewer than 20 students; and 84 percent of the faculty are employed full time.

Earlier this month, Bradley received recognition as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2011 edition of "The Best 373 Colleges."

Bradley University is an independent, privately endowed, co-educational institution. With an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students, Bradley offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and community outreach programs.  Our faculty of teacher-scholars collaborate with each other and students in their research and creative production.

The U.S. News ranking has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The America's Best Colleges ranking package has helped families navigate the difficult decisions involved throughout the college process, from college admission and selection to financing options. The issue will begin to appear on newsstands on August 20.