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Bradley University Data & Information Overview

307 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
76% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bradley University Ranked?

#309 Best Colleges in Nation
#14 Best Colleges in IL
Teacher Education Grade Specific Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Bradley University was awarded 307 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

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Overall Quality

Bradley is ranked #309 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Bradley also holds the #14 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bradley?

76% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Bradley University has an acceptance rate of 76%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 39% of students accepted to Bradley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 640. Math scores were between 530 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bradley University  ( 530 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Bradley University  ( 530 to 640 )
Bradley received ACT scores from 17% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Bradley University  ( 24 to 30 )

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Bradley University Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
66% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Bradley, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bradley University is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bradley University

87% Freshmen Retention
60% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bradley University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Bradley for first-time, full-time students is 60%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  60 out of 100

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Bradley University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,450 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,574 undergraduates at Bradley with 4,450 being full-time and 124 being part-time.

How Much Does Bradley University Cost?

$25,196 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
$30,460 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bradley is $25,196. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bradley

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,588 $17,753 $23,286 $28,192 $32,074

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bradley, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bradley, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,615 a year. That adds up to $30,460 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bradley is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Bradley Graduates Make?

$61,889 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Bradley with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $61,889 in their early years. This is good news for future Bradley graduates since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Bradley University

Illinois State
4,450 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Peoria, Illinois, Bradley University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Peoria makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Bradley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625-0001
Phone: 309-676-7611

Bradley University Majors

81 Majors With Completions
1,289 Undergraduate Degrees
326 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 81 majors graduated from Bradley University. Of these students, 1,289 received undergraduate degrees and 326 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 115 $62,749
Mechanical Engineering 79 $66,802
Public Relations & Advertising 69 $36,966
General Psychology 68 $33,158
Business Administration & Management 59 $47,182
Teacher Education Grade Specific 56 $38,068
Other Health Professions 54 $29,000
Marketing 47 $44,008
Accounting 46 $58,768
Design & Applied Arts 44 $32,786

Learn more about the majors offered at Bradley University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Bradley

53% Take At Least One Class Online
16% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 2,984 students took at least one online class at Bradley University. This is a decrease from the 5,705 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,984 921
2019-2020 5,705 1,465
2018-2019 1,836 946
2017-2018 1,585 906
2016-2017 1,373 696

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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