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Reviews 673 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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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.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's pretty average. If you put thought into stuff and don't make a scene, it's easy to get away with many things, but if you're a complete numbskull, consequences get dealt. Fairly normal.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most students typically dress well. There are many more attractive females than males. There are quite a few students in relationships with a person from school or home. Most students are generally interesting.

4 College Freshman

Academics: All of the major programs are great. The professors seem to generally care about their students and do what they can to help their students.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The psychology program is not too stressful, and my advisor is very helpful. I am currently on the waiting list for the nursing program. The nursing program entails a lot of work, but it is a great program with many job opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I would continue in the psychology program if I don't get into the nursing program because I do enjoy it, but I would apply for the accelerated nursing program after I obtain my bachelor's in psychology because nursing is what interests me the most.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The city has a wide variety of options. Restaurants are easy to get to and typically not too costly. Flattop is a favorite of many students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a scholarship and continuing loans to help me throughout the years, but I wish I could apply for more support through my school for obtaining above a 3.5 GPA.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: For a small school the nightlife is good. Parties can be chill or overflowing with people. Transportation is not a problem.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity sports are supported, but are not the most important. Intramurals are very popular. The recreational center is greatly used.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are good and bad dorms. Some are very spacious while others are not at all. It is nice to live in a dorm with a dining center in it. Floor programs in the dorms are nice to get to know others. Most people are very social.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The rain and snow create puddles that are impossible to avoid because of the uneven side walks. Spring and summer weather are enjoyable on the quad.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The city bus system isn't used by many students. There is a charter bus that will bring students to certain areas of Illinois which is helpful for some to go home. Many students think it is ideal to have their own car.


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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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