Bradley University

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Bradley University is a privately owned and operated, four-year university located in the city of Peoria, in the state of Illinois. With a total annual enrollment of roughly 5,600 students, Bradley is considered a mid-sized university. The university was founded in 1897 as an academy and in 1946 was re-established as a four-year university.


The U.S. News & World Report ranked Bradley University among the top comprehensive universities in the Midwest in its most recent edition of its America’s Best Colleges publication. The university has also been recognized as a “best value” among Midwestern schools. It is also well known for its exceptional business and accounting programs. Of the more than 3,600 colleges and universities in the United States, Bradley’s college of business administration is one of only a few hundred to have both a business and accounting program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Bradley offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in several areas of study and academic disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered through one of the university’s five academic colleges, which include the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology, Foster College of Business Administration, Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and College of Education and Health Sciences. Bradley University also offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, its only doctoral-level degree program.

Online Degree Programs

Currently, Bradley University offers limited distance learning opportunities and does not offer online degree programs that lead to an accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree.

General Information

Admission Office

1501 West Bradley Avenue

Peoria, IL 61625

(309) 677-1000

(800) 447-6460

Fax: (309) 677-2797

Contact: Rodney San Jose

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1501 West Bradley Avenue

Peoria, IL 61625

(309) 676-7611

Total undergrads: 5,075

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,032

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,064

Graduate enrollment: 798


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Online application fee: Free

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 55%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Environmental Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Physical Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Military Techonologies

Interdisciplinary studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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