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founded 1897, colleges and schools: 8

General

  • Year founded: 1897
  • Founder: Lydia Moss Bradley
  • Location: Peoria, IL
  • Colleges and schools: 8
  • Alumni: 70,000+
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges and Universities: Medium Programs
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Bradley students

  • Approximately 4,600 undergraduate and 1300 graduate students
  • Students come from across the U.S. and 43 countries
  • Students of color: 30% of the freshman class
  • Men: 49% of undergraduates; women: 51%
  • Freshman enrollment: 1048
  • Transfer enrollment: 176
  • Middle 50% ACT score: 22-28
  • Middle 50% SAT score: 1090-1260
  • Three-year average for graduates who started a career, graduate school, or other postgraduate experience within six months of graduation: 94%
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Academics

  • Average class size: 21 students
  • Faculty:
    • More than 340 full-time faculty members
    • Full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degrees: 79% - 270/340 have doctorate or terminal degrees
    • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • More than 185 undergraduate programs in five colleges:
    • Foster College of Business
    • Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts
    • College of Education and Health Sciences
    • Caterpillar College of Engineeringand Technology
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • More than 30 graduate programs, including:
    • AACSB-accredited MBA
    • Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Online degree programs
  • Study abroad
    • Short-term academic programs with Bradley faculty and students
    • Extended study abroad opportunities at a number of distinguished universities and programs
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Alumni

  • More than 70,000 worldwide
  • Famous Alumni:
    • Laura Kelly '71, governor of Kansas
    • The Honorable Joe Billy McDade, '59, '60, United States District Court Federal Judge
    • Congresswoman Robin Kelly '78, representing Illinois' 2nd district
    • USAF Major Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. '56*, first Black astronaut in the United States
    • Rene C. Byer '80, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, senior photographer, Sacramento Bee
    • Jory Luster '75 president of Luster Products, Inc., and Fred Luster II '80, Director of the Chemistry Department, Luster Products, Inc.
    • David Horowitz '59*, consumer advocate, host of "Fight Back! With David Horowitz
    • General John Shalikashvili '58*, retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Tommy Choi '03, co-founder Weinberg Choi Residential, Chicago; first Korean American president of Chicago Association of Realtors
    • Hersey Hawkins '88 and Chester "Chet" Walker '62, NBA players
    • Ray LaHood '71, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
    • Congressman Robert H. Michel '48*, retired Congressman and longest serving Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
    • Lillian Glass '74, noted speech pathologist and speech communication author and speaker
    • Marcus Pollard '94, NFL player and Dir. of Player Development, Jacksonville Jaguars
       
      * deceased
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Campus

  • 77 buildings on an 84-acre campus
  • Located in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood
  • One mile from downtown Peoria
  • Eight miles from the Peoria International Airport
  • Student organizations: 240+
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Finances

  • Financial strengths:
    • Endowment as of May 31, 2019: $309 million
    • FY 2020 budget: $161 million
  • Tuition and expenses:
    • 2019-20 tuition: $34,200
    • 2019-20 room and board: $10,940
    • 2019-20 activity and health fee: $410
  • Financial assistance awards:
    • Received by more than 90% of Bradley students
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Sports

  • A rich Division 1 athletic tradition within the Missouri Valley Conference, with numerous championships
  • Home to 15 varsity sports and an active intramural and recreational sports program
  • 130,000-square-foot Markin Family Student Recreation Center
  • 4,200-seat Renaissance Coliseum
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Accreditation

  • Bradley University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, many of our programs are accredited by national, programmatic, agencies. A complete list of accreditations is available on the accreditation section of our website.