Top Value Education

October 23, 2013

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Bradley University among the top 60 on its list of the nation’s best values in private universities.

Bradley earned the #57 ranking in the nation among private universities that combine high quality academics with economic value. Bradley rose 29 places from last year’s ranking of #86.

“Bradley’s ranking demonstrates that we consistently offer a great value to our students and a great educational experience,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “We are pleased to be recognized as one of the best universities in the nation.”

The publication considers such factors as retention rate, class size, test scores of incoming freshmen and graduation rates, as well as cost data, including tuition, fees, room and board and financial aid. This is the fifth consecutive year that Bradley has been recognized by Kiplinger’s.

Bradley’s freshman-to-sophomore retention rate increased to 87.8% this fall, the highest in five years. Nearly 70% of freshmen enrolled at Bradley were in the top 25% of their class, and, in terms of ACT scores, the last two years have brought the strongest incoming classes of freshmen to the University in the past 30 years. The University also boasts a 95% placement rate upon graduation and a student/faculty ratio of 12:1.

Other Illinois schools in the top 100 are the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. The complete list of the 100 “Best Values in Private Universities” is available online at and will appear in the December issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.

Earlier this fall, Bradley received further national recognition when it was ranked fifth among midwestern universities by U.S.News & World Report in the magazine’s 2014 guide, “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the Princeton Review featured Bradley in its 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges,” and the University was recognized in the Washington Monthly Magazine’s Best Bang for the Buck listing.