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Reviews 685 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Freshman

Weather: When it's warm out, there's numerous activities going on in the quad. This year has been a long, cold winter but I'm looking forward to the warmth again!

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life but I would like to join someday! I hear fantastic things about it.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I personally enjoy going out and meeting new faces.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not friends with many people off campus. I'm acquainted with a few, and I hear they're nice, but price is a little high.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think it is the perfect amount of strictness. Nothing is too harsh, and nothing is too lenient.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Wish they gave out more scholarships/made available to more students. I did indeed get a few scholarships from this school, but the cost is still very high. Hoping I can get more scholarships, considering I'm paying for my own education!!!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: One World Cafe is awesome and I love it! So many options to choose from when going there. I've been there many, many times and still get something new each time. It's great quality and quantity!

5 College Freshman

Academics: The faculty/student ratio is awesome. (1:12) It gives students the opportunity to get to know their professor better and form that relationship with them. I love that I can speak with my professors in confidence and know that they are willing to get to know me just as I am getting to know them. Very considerate and willing to be available at your convenience.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't gotten an internship yet. I would like to get one either my sophomore or junior year. I hear it's a great opportunity and gives you a lot of hands-on experience. I'm looking forward to an internship in my near future!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Every field is competitive, some more than others. I plan on getting my degree, getting a full-time job (hoping it will be in my field of study) and later on go to graduate school. Hoping some day to start my own business!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone gets along with everyone. If you haven't noticed, every school has its cliques. Bradley doesn't have very many cliques. We all get along great with each other.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Taking the bus isn't bad. Go with a group of people you know, and bring a two dollars; 1 to get on, 1 to get back.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bad. Parties at the frat houses are the same thing everywhere, with the same drama in every one. Bars are far away and not very "bumpin'." Everything is pretty close.

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1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls range in appearance, but most of them all look the exact same. Their interests are all the same, too. There is zero sense of individuality. Everything is a competition. Identity and a sense of personal style are sacrificed for yoga pants and North Face jackets. "Cool" girls party at the frat houses on weekends. Relationships are pretty shallow and insignificant.

Guys blend together in the greyest shade of unintelligible sludge ever. Mostly all dudes wear what are essentially pajamas to every conceivable event. Everyone likes SPORTS. Everyone likes terrible pop music. Everyone says, "brah." Drinking is basically everything. Relationships are shallow and things can get pretty misogynistic.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most dorm buildings are pretty old. The rooms are fairly small. There are no private bathrooms; everything is shared. Which means it gets pretty dirty. There's little sense of community between a group of random strangers on a floor.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I haven't had much experience. I took a 4-hour bus trip once, and it went smoothly.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people are white upper middle class, with strong religious and political beliefs. There is a strong Christian presence on campus, which means most people tend to be very Conservative. There are a number of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Indian students here and there. A majority of the campus is straight, while there are some homosexual students.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: My mom works here, so I get completely free tuition. It's the only reason I go here. I didn't even have to apply for it.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It's good if you want to go into Nursing, Engineering, or Business. Everything else is minor, with some strong spots here and there. A good GPA and ACT score is great. Just get solid grades.

1 College Freshman

Majors: I hate it. It's not my school of choice and my program is small, unchallenging, and uninspiring. The work is a normal amount, again, nothing challenging. Curriculum is basic, flat, and boring. The facilities are adequate for the size of the program.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Terrible. To most people in the social scene, it's life. Everything revolves around drinking. Non-Greeks just kind of keep to themselves because they just want nothing to do with them. Greek houses range from cruddy houses to a few nicer ones.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Winters are extremely cold. Lots of snow. Spring can arrive annoyingly late, and the Fall is very lovely. Summers are always hot.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's merely average, I'd say. It definitely exists, and it's not hard to find the people that partake. It's a large majority of campus. No one pressures you to do it, but it's seen as the only possibly fun way to spend a weekend, so everyone just blindly assumes this "fact." If you aren't stupid about it, you're not going to get penalized.

2 College Freshman

Academics: The art program here is pretty weak. Classes are simple and unchallenging. There isn't a wide range of study whatsoever. The facilities are small but that's all that's needed for such a tiny department. Work outside of class is completely manageable.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most houses are old and pretty gross, but that doesn't seem to affect most people's choice to move in there. Some places are nicer than others. There are several apartment choices which are much nicer than an off campus house.


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Erin Wood
Peoria, Ill.
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Bradley is what students make of it. Some love it, and some hate it. A college experience is only as good as a student makes it. Some focus on the negatives—such as the shady neighborhood, mediocre food, frustrating registration process, and lack of parking—but those people don't get much out of their experience. Students who look past Bradley's flaws have a worthwile journey for the four years they're there. If you want a school where you'll get personal attention from professors, have a short walk to class, make lifelong relationships, and get a solid, reputable education, Bradley is worth looking into. But it's not for everybody. Peoria doesn't offer the big-town buzz of cabs and car horns, and Bradley doesn't have all the draws of a large state school, such as a campus bus system, a state-of-the-art library, or a football team. Students don't get gourmet meals or 500-person lectures where the professors don't take attendance. But each person must weigh what's most important to them, which makes the overall Bradley experience different through each person's eyes.

Students who choose Bradley—whether they love it or hate it—walk away with a strong education and usually a couple of good stories to go with it. The students who walk away with the best experiences are the ones who tap all the resources. They go to class, get involved in student organizations, stop by their adviser's office, and keep in touch with their professors. They attend guest lectures, go to concerts, and wear red and white and cheer on the Braves. They walk to La Bamba at 3 a.m. to get burritos, go to One World and do homework or watch traffic go by, and learn which dining halls have the best food and which dorms have the most space. They explore it all—the big things and the little things—but most of all, they take advantage of their time at Bradley and learn to appreciate the perks and try to fix the flaws. No one can do everything in college, but Bradley offers plenty of opportunities.

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