About Bradley                                                                                                                                                                 

Founded by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, business administration, communications, education, engineering, and the health sciences. Our residential campus of 6,000 students blends large school opportunities with a small school personality where there is a commitment to excellent teaching and personal attention to students. Bradley’s comprehensive programs offer an effective integration of liberal education, professional preparation, and personal and social development.

Quick Facts


  • 77 buildings on an 84-acre campus
  • Located in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood
  • One mile from downtown Peoria
  • Eight miles from the airport


  • Accredited by 22 national accrediting agencies, including the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Academic programs

More than 100 undergraduate programs in five colleges:

  • Foster College of Business Administration
  • Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts
  • College of Education & Health Sciences
  • Caterpillar College of Engineering & Technology
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • More than 30 graduate programs, including:

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts in Leadership in Educational Administration

Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling Clinical Mental Health

Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling – Schools Counseling

Master of Arts in Leadership in Human Service Administration

Doctorate of Physical Therapy



  • More than 350 full-time faculty members
  • Full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degrees: 85%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1

Average class size                                                                                                                                                                      

21 students

Student organizations

  • More than 240, including the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service


  • One of only a small percentage of institutions offering Internet2 access, which provides learning opportunities in collaboration with students and faculty at other institutions

Study abroad

  • Short-term academic programs with Bradley faculty and students
  • Extended study abroad opportunities at a number of distinguished universities and programs

College Global Scholars Programs


  • A rich Division 1 athletic tradition within the Missouri Valley Conference, with numerous championships
  • Home to 15 varsity sports and an active intramural and recreational sports program
  • New 130,000-square-foot Markin Family Student Recreation Center
  • New 4,200-seat Renaissance Coliseum

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