Bradley University

Bradley University

Bradley University, also referred to as BU or BU Illinois, is a private, coeducational university located in Peoria, Illinois, United States. It was established in 1897 as The Bradley Polytechnic Institute. In 1946, it was granted university status and renamed to Bradley University. The BU campus today stretches over more than 80 acres of urban land. It grants admission to over 5,000 students annually.

The schools and colleges under Bradley University include the following:

  • College of Education and Health Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Foster College of Business Administration
  • Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts
  • Graduate School

The university's sports teams are called the Braves. Students participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, and volleyball.

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Contacting Bradley

Bradley University
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria , IL 61625-0001
General Phone: (309) 676-7611

Bradley Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management355business management, business administration, accounting, managerial economics, small business management, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, ...
Engineering259engineering, civil engineering, civil engineering courses, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, construction engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, ...
Education and Teaching159curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, education of disabled, education of learning disabled, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Media138communication studies, journalism, photojournalism, radio and television, organizational communications, public relations, advertising, public relations and advertising, communication and journalism, ...
Liberal Arts113German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, economics, international relations, political science, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine80registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse anesthetist
Therapy and Counseling73psychology, physical therapy
Science53biology, biochemistry, call and molecular biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Medicine49health professions
Computer Science and Engineering46information science, computer science, computer engineering
Family and Social Work31family and consumer science, merchandising and retailing, social work
Security and Law Enforcement19criminal justice and administration
Fine Arts17fine arts, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture, ceramics
Drama and Performing Arts17drama, acting, directing
Design17graphic design
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy10dietitian
Music9music, music performance, music theory and composition, music management
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Engineering Technician5electronics tech, manufacturing tech
Photography and Commercial Art5photography, drawing, printmaking
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental science
Art Studies0art studies
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Bradley in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,186109
Master's degree27024
Postbaccalaureate certificate01
Post-master's certificate04
Doctor's degree161

Bradley Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bradley had a total enrollment of 6,053 students (5,739 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 6%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 36%
22-24 18%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Bradley Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 89 %
Part-Time 100 %

Bradley Room and Board (2007)

Bradley offers campus housing for 2,187 of its 5,739 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Peoria, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bradley Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500630
SAT Math520650
ACT Verbal2228
ACT Math2228
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT11%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Bradley Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,814
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,814
Room and board $ 7,350
Room charge $ 4,300
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,050
Books and supplies $ 1,050
Other expenses $ 2,150

Financial Aid:
Bradley participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 164100)

Bradley Faculty

Bradley has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3632
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2232

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year75$92,83315$87,563
Associate professoracademic year76$72,58933$61,893
Assistant professoracademic year48$61,75349$55,285
Instructoracademic year11$47,68716$41,601
Lectureracademic year1*8$39,114
All faculty totalacademic year211$75,875121$58,210

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bradley Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Missouri Valley Conference
Baseball Missouri Valley Conference
Track Missouri Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports284472

Bradley Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Psychology Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Organizational Communication, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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Bradley Highlights

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What Sets Bradley Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 3%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Bradley % of degrees in media
% of degrees in engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Bradley % of degrees in engineering
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Bradley Number of students
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Bradley Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Bradley Dorm rooms per full-time student
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Bradley Salaries of full-time faculty
Male % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Bradley Male % of student body

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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