Bradley University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Bradley University

Originally founded as the Bradley Polytechnic Institute in 1897 before becoming a university in 1946, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher education located one mile from downtown Peoria. In its 2012 edition of 'Best Colleges,' U.S. News & World Report ranked Bradley as the sixth best university in the Midwest.

Bradley's Gallery of Excellence in the Cullom-Davis Library showcases faculty who are current holders of endowed chairs, endowed professorships, and Caterpillar professorships. Additionally, the university features some 250 student organizations and clubs, and students with athletic interests can participate in NCAA Division I-level intercollegiate athletics, as well as intramural and recreational sports.


Bradley offers over 100 undergraduate and over 30 graduate programs through its five colleges, among them the College of Education and Health Sciences and the Foster College of Business Administration. The most popular undergraduate programs include registered nursing, elementary education and teaching, mechanical engineering, accounting, business administration and management, and general psychology. Class sizes average 23 students. Students can also take advantage of Internet2 access, which connects Bradley to faculty and students at other participating institutions.

In addition to the regular semester calendar, Bradley offers interim and summer sessions, during which students can take additional credits. Semester- and year-long study abroad opportunities are available with affiliated institutions in numerous countries, including Australia, Costa Rica, and France. Other study abroad opportunities with Bradley faculty and students are available during the interim and summer sessions.


Standard applications are accepted December 1st through January 31st, and applicants are notified by February 15th. Students can also receive early notification through the school's priority advantage admissions provision and apply after the standard admissions application window through extended admissions.

Undergraduate applicants can submit the Common Application, the Universal College Application, or Bradley's own application form. In addition to a completed application, applicants must provide a personal essay and a letter of recommendation. They must also arrange for delivery of official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Bradley offers credit for qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) tests and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that of the 70% of undergraduate applicants who were admitted to Bradley in 2010, 22% enrolled. Some 79% of undergraduates are Caucasian, eight percent are Black or African American, and six percent are Hispanic or Latino.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition at Bradley for 2012-2013 is $27,920 for full-time students, while graduate tuition rates vary by program. Bradley offers two payment plans in addition to up-front payment. The deferred payment plan enables students to pay a semester's tuition in four installments, with the first payment required before the start of the semester. The monthly installment payment plan allows full-time students to pay in 12 installments. Room and board is estimated at $8,700 per year, along with an activity and health fee of $344. Roughly $3000 is required to cover the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and other costs.

Multiple scholarship opportunities are available to qualifying incoming freshmen and transfer students, including the achievement scholarship and the transfer scholarship, among many others. Bradley also offers part-time, work-study opportunities. Most graduate departments offer graduate assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and loan opportunities; the application deadline for the caterpillar fellowship is March 1st, and the due date for assistantship applications is April 1st.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs (one doctoral program)*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsized city*
Student Body Approximately 5,200 undergraduates and 800 graduate students in 2012**
Student Housing Nine on-campus residence halls and complexes available, three of which house mostly freshmen, and one of which houses all women**
Schools and Programs Five colleges; over 130 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Registered nursing (61)
Master's: Business administration and management (66)
Doctorate: Physical therapy (22)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
53% in four years
75% in six years*
Admission Rate 70% in 2010*
Entering Class Size 1,018 in 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 86% for full-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students SAT composite: 1060-1260, ACT: 25.3**
Application Due Date Applications accepted December 1st through January 31st for standard admissions**
Decision Notification Date By February 15th for standard admissions**
Tuition $27,920 in 2012-2013**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010: Federal grants (28%) Pell grants (28%) state and local grants/scholarships (33%), institutional grants/scholarships (95%), federal student loans (72%), other student loans (5%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Bradley University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Bradley University, 1501 W. Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625
  • Phone: (309) 677-1000, (800) 447-6460
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