“Best Value” among private colleges

October 29, 2010

Bradley University is again being recognized by a prominent media organization for offering high-quality education at affordable rates. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine placed Bradley on an exclusive list of institutions across the country in its “Best Values in Private Colleges 2010-11” report.

The latest distinction, to be announced in Kiplinger’s December issue, follows a similar accolade from U.S.News and World Report, which in August called Bradley a “great school at a great price” in its annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

“This ranking is further independent evidence that Bradley is becoming an institution of national distinction,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “While no ranking provides a perfect indicator of an institution’s match to students’ educational needs, we are again pleased to be included among a group of our nation’s best private universities.”

Bradley’s placement in the ranking came as little surprise to those who work to ensure the Bradley Experience remains high-quality while widely attainable. Still, the cost of tuition remains a major factor in most families when it comes time to choose a college.

David Pardieck, executive director of financial assistance, said his staff helps prospective students tackle the issue of tuition early on in their search process.

“If we’re able to address price concerns early and allow them to reach some comfort level, then they can spend the rest of the time focusing on the most important part of the decision, which is the educational experience,” said Pardieck, who added that families should never feel like the cost of education is the elephant in the room.

Tools like the Early Estimator, which allows prospective students plan for investment in education as early as the student’s freshman year of high school, help families learn early on that Bradley offers many attractive financing options.

Bradley’s total annual cost for tuition and housing is sixth lowest in Kiplinger’s index at $34,574. Students at Bradley receive an average of $12,618 in need-based financial aid. Non-need based aid averages $7,764.

Pardieck said the price point of tuition at Bradley averages at least $4,000 less than any similar institution in the region.