Bradley University, an independent, privately endowed, coeducational institution, was founded in 1897 as Bradley Polytechnic Institute by Lydia Moss Bradley as a memorial to her children and husband, Tobias. It became a four-year college in 1920 and in 1946 became a university and began offering graduate programs. It is fully accredited.
Bradley offers its undergraduate students more than 100 programs among five colleges: Foster College of Business Administration; Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts; College of Education and Health Sciences; College of Engineering and Technology; and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Nearly 800 graduate students
More than 30 graduate programs including an AACSB-accredited MBA program, an Executive MBA, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Enrollment, Fall 2008
* Undergraduate students 5,057
* Graduate students 798
* Total 5,873
The academic portrait of the class of 2012 at Bradley is exceptionally strong. The average ACT of the 1,032 entering freshmen is 25, and nearly one third graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class. This quality - defined not only by grade point average and ACT, but also by diversity of backgrounds and experiences - continues to keep Bradley in the forefront of colleges and universities nationwide.
Bradley's highest priority is excellent teaching supported by research, scholarship, and creative activities. Faculty not only provide personalized attention in learning and academic advising, but also serve as mentors and professional guides to their students. Bradley's full-time faculty number more than 300. As teachers and scholars, many are national authorities in their fields. The average class contains fewer than 23 students.
The nationally-recognized Smith Career Center provides comprehensive career services to students and alumni and state-of-the-art recruitment assistance to employers. More than 70 percent of our students have taken advantage of career-related work experiences during their time at Bradley and most have collaborated on class or senior projects. More than 550 employers visit campus annually to attend job fairs and conduct campus interviews. The overall placement rate for 2006-07 Bradley University graduates is 96 percent.