Bradley University is a private coeducational university residing in Peoria, Illinois. The institute was founded in 1897 by philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley in memory of her family that had recently passed away. In 1896 Dr. William Harper, president of the University of Chicago, convinced Ms Bradley to proceed with her plans to open the college during her lifetime. The campus stretches for about 85 acres on Peoria’s west bluff and is only minutes away from downtown. The campus itself is a rather compact site; there are 44 buildings on campus and most of the university can be reached in less than 10 minutes. The college was named fourth on the list of “Top 25 Most Connected Campuses” by The Princeton Review and “Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Campuses” in the nation by Forbes magazine.
Bradley University has over 6100 students attending and 389 faulty staff members to teach them. 800 of these students are post graduates. The university is a collection of the following colleges and schools; Undergraduate School, College of Education and Health Sciences, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Foster College of Business Administration, Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, and the Academic Exploration Program (AEP), for students without a declared major. The college offers more than 100 undergraduate programs while the average class size is typically 25 students. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1 and 85% of the faculty has Ph.Ds. The university offers masters degrees through five of its departments; business, communication and fine arts, education and health sciences, engineering, and liberal arts and sciences.
There are plenty of activities to keep the students busy at Bradley University. The Markin Family Student Recreation Center offers many options like basketball, indoor track, and a rock climbing wall. There are also more than 240 student organizations to join. The nickname for the athletic teams is the Bradley Braves, the school colors are red and white. There are a number of varsity sports for students to compete in to add to the Bradley University experience. There are 6 different athletic facilities for students to practice and hone their skills for competition.
There is no distance learning or extensive online program for students at this school. Bradley University has put most of its efforts and resources into providing a high quality educational experience for students that choose to attend the college. Aside from the high quality education and intimate class room sizes, Bradley University offers many opportunities to active students in the college community. Students should rarely feel lost or anonymous among the relatively small student body; making friends and networking should be relatively easy for most. Perhaps one day soon the college will offer distance learning or online courses for remote students, but for now this is a golden opportunity for any student in the area.