Bradley Ranked 5th by U.S.News & World Report

September 9, 2013

Bradley University is ranked fifth among colleges and universities of its type in the Midwest by U.S.News & World Report in the magazine’s 2014 guide to America’s Best Colleges. Bradley has moved up one spot from last year’s ranking and continues to be the top-ranked university in Illinois in this category.

The report also ranks Bradley as seventh in the “Best Value” category and the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology continues to receive national recognition as one of the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country.

Bradley President Joanne Glasser said the campus is pleased to once again be recognized as one of the best institutions in the Midwest by such a highly respected publication. “Our faculty, administration and staff continue to work diligently to offer students a world-class education that links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development,” Glasser said. “Bradley’s continual ranking among top colleges and universities, among other key factors, is indicative of our momentum toward becoming an institution of national distinction.”

This marks the fifteenth 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.

According to the report, Bradley had the highest graduation rate among the 108 Midwestern universities on the list, nearly 70% of freshmen enrolled at Bradley were in the top 25% of their class, the retention rate for freshmen was 87 percent, and the student/faculty ratio was also among the top at 12:1.

U.S.News & World Report rates hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide and serves as a valuable tool for students and parents when making the difficult decision of choosing a college. Learn more about the methodology and review the entire list at

Bradley also received recognition recently in the Washington Monthly Magazine’s Best Bang for the Buck listing. It ranks the economic value students receive per dollar. Learn more on this ranking at

The U.S.News & World Report’s ranking combined with recognition from The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and other ranking publications is further independent confirmation that Bradley students are receiving an outstanding educational experience.

Bradley also is listed among the top 20% of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.