Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
4-year Private university


Bradley University is a private institution established in 1897 with suburban setting located at Peorai. It is ranked 185 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges.It practices a semester-based academic calendar. Undergraduate students can choose from more than 100 undergraduate programs within five colleges. The university helps students make the most of those degrees through academic services such as the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, which advises students who want to start a business, and the Smith Career Center, which helps students with résumés, cover letters, and interviews. Graduate students have many options as well, with around 40 programs available, some within the Foster College of Business Administration. Outside of the classroom, 30 percent of Bradley students participate in Greek life, with others instead choosing club or intramural sports, volunteer groups, or one of the other 250 campus organizations.

#185 in National Universities
Location Peoria, Illinois
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1897
Selectivity Very Low
Size Small
4,143 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $33,760
Outstate Tuition Fee $33,760
Room and Board Fees $12,850
$52,037 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


75% (Very Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$0 Application Fee
3.8 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

79 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

Native language is English.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$31,367 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$23,160 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $53,436
71% Students with need received Financial Aid
20.5% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline :December 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Total Worth $80,000 to $108,000 over four years
Eligibility Entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Based on an assessment of academic performance and records of leadership and service in schools and communities
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Arnold/Wheeler Scholarship
Total Worth $4,000 per year
Details As a recipient, awardee will receive an annual scholarship of $4,000. Each scholarship award may be renewed annually for up to four years, provided the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.00 and completes the scholarship requirements each semester.
Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships
Total Worth up to $4,000 per year
Details Available to students majoring in art, theatre and music or participating in competitive speech (forensics). Consideration for fine and performing arts scholarships requires an audition or submission of a portfolio. Priority consideration will be given to auditions or submissions completed by December 1.


4,143 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
87% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
58% Students graduate within 6 years