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Bradley University Overview

Bradley University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Peoria, Illinois. The location of Bradley is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Bradley University Known For?

1,048 Undergraduate Awards
$31,921 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Bradley is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Bradley.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 59% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Bradley with a bachelor's degree make about $53,600 a year. That's 31% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Bradley University Rankings

We have ranked Bradley as #387 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. Bradley also holds the #16 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bradley.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Telecommunications Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Manufacturing Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Arts & Media Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#91 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bradley has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#35 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#63 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#63 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#79 Best Colleges for Accounting College Factual
#82 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#96 Best Business Master’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Bradley University?

Location of Bradley University

Contact details for Bradley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625-0001
Phone: 309-676-7611
Website: www.bradley.edu
Facebook: http://www.bradley.edu/socialmedia/facebook/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bradleyu

How Do I Get Into Bradley?

You can apply to Bradley online at: www.bradley.edu/admissions/freshman/apply

Admission Requirements for Bradley

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bradley?

71% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
11% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 71%, Bradley may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Average Test Scores

About 11% of students accepted to Bradley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 530 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bradley University  ( 550 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Bradley University  ( 530 to 650 )
200
800
Bradley received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Bradley University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Bradley University  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Bradley University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Bradley University?

$31,921 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bradley is $31,921. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bradley, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,917 a year. That adds up to $31,668 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bradley is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bradley University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,462 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,606 undergraduate students at Bradley, with 4,462 being full-time and 144 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bradley

There are also 1,276 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,462 full-time undergraduates at Bradley, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bradley

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bradley University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bradley Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 155
Black or African American 309
Hispanic or Latino 465
White 3,250
International Students 76
Other Races/Ethnicities 207

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Bradley University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 44 countries are represented at Bradley. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Sudan.

Online Learning at Bradley University

906 Took All Classes Online
1,585 Took At Least One Class Online
308.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,585 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bradley has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 49th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Bradley

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bradley University was 308.8%. This is the #194 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bradley regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Bradley majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 12%
Health Professions 20%
Mental & Social Health Services 84%
Nursing 21%
Student Counseling 77%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Bradley ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Bradley.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Student Counseling #2
Mental & Social Health Services #3
Teacher Education Subject Specific #7
Nursing #29
Education #34
Health Professions #52

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bradley University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 82 43 47 7 179
Business Administration & Management 57 0 20 0 77
Public Relations & Advertising 73 0 0 0 73
Mechanical Engineering 64 0 9 0 73
Accounting 43 0 26 0 69
Civil Engineering 41 0 11 0 52
Computer Science 30 0 18 0 48
General Psychology 45 0 0 0 45
Marketing 41 0 0 0 41
Teacher Education Grade Specific 38 0 0 0 38
Other Health Professions 37 0 0 0 37
Finance & Financial Management 29 0 0 0 29
Graphic Communications 27 0 0 0 27
Manufacturing Engineering 20 0 7 0 27
Industrial Engineering 21 0 5 0 26
Mental & Social Health Services 0 1 24 0 25
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 25 25
Construction Engineering 22 0 0 0 22
Electrical Engineering 19 0 3 0 22
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 11 0 10 0 21
Fine & Studio Arts 13 0 6 0 19
General Biology 15 0 2 0 17
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 17 0 0 0 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 16 0 0 0 16
Computer Engineering 16 0 0 0 16
Social Work 16 0 0 0 16
Information Science 14 0 1 0 15
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 15 0 0 0 15
Political Science & Government 15 0 0 0 15
Human Sciences Business Services 14 0 0 0 14
Educational Administration 0 1 12 0 13
Student Counseling 0 0 13 0 13
International Business 12 0 0 0 12
Writing Studies 12 0 0 0 12
Romance Languages 12 0 0 0 12
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11 0 0 0 11
Design & Applied Arts 11 0 0 0 11
Special Education 10 0 0 0 10
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 9 0 0 0 9
General Sales & Marketing 9 0 0 0 9
Chemistry 6 0 3 0 9
Music 9 0 0 0 9
Entrepreneurial Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Management Information Systems 7 0 0 0 7
Arts & Media Management 7 0 0 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 6 0 0 0 6
General Family & Consumer Sciences 6 0 0 0 6
History 6 0 0 0 6
Sociology 6 0 0 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 6 0 0 0 6
General English Literature 4 0 1 0 5
Mathematics 5 0 0 0 5
Religious Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Economics 5 0 0 0 5
International Relations & National Security 5 0 0 0 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 4 0 4
Philosophy 4 0 0 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 3 0 0 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 3 0 0 0 3
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 2 0 0 0 2
Telecommunications Management 1 0 0 0 1
Communication & Media Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Journalism 1 0 0 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Physics 1 0 0 0 1
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1 0 0 0 1
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,048 45 222 32 1,347

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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