America's best

September 12, 2011

Bradley University has once again been named among the top Midwestern universities in U.S.News & World Report’s annual publication, “America’s Best Colleges.”

Bradley is the top ranking master’s level university in Illinois and placed sixth overall in the Midwest. Bradley also ranked sixth on the list of Great Schools at Great Prices, a measurement of high academic quality and the net tuition and housing cost. The College of Engineering and Technology received national recognition by being listed as the 27th best undergraduate engineering program in its category.

“Bradley continues to receive national recognition from various publications due to the University’s history for linking academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development,” Bradley President Joanne K. Glasser said. “Bradley prepares students for success in a variety of academic disciplines by encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education.”

This marks the thirteenth consecutive year that Bradley has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top Midwestern university that provides a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs.

“The U.S. News & World Report’s ranking – combined with recognition from The Princeton Review, ‘Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’ and other publications – is further independent confirmation that Bradley students are receiving an outstanding educational experience,” Glasser said. “The U.S.News ranking indicates that Bradley is moving toward becoming an institution of national distinction.

The U.S.News rankings are based on a number of factors including faculty resources, student selectivity, retention rate, class size, financial resources and alumni giving. Bradley boasts a placement rate of 92 percent, a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of 88 percent, and a superior graduation rate. Bradley has more classes with fewer than 20 students and fewer with more than 50 students than most other highly ranked institutions in its class.

Bradley also is receiving recognition this week as a “Military Friendly School.” That recognition is bestowed by “G.I. Jobs” magazine to honor institutions that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.