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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.

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.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I would say there is a decent amount of economic diversity on Bradley's campus, but not a whole lot of ethnic diversity. Caucasian is the main ethnicity at Bradley. As far as religious and political diversity are concerned, I do knot know enough about that to give an accurate portrayal.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The Diversity on the campus is okay. There are people that come from all walks of life, but I do know some people that are not tolerant of others

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The friend group that I hang out with is very diverse, but I feel as if our campus is not very diverse. The multicultural center is tucked away and in an old building towards the end of campus and not many students know it even exists.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Wood
Peoria, Ill.
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While walking through campus, many people's first impression may be that Bradley isn't diverse. The first instinct is to look at the color of students' skin, and if that's the only measurement of diversity, then most people are right—Bradley isn't diverse. Caucasians make up the majority of the student population. Of course, there are black students, Indian students, Asian students, and so on, but they are outnumbered by white students. There aren't many international students, either. And you'll rarely come across a cluster of students speaking a language besides English. However, if you look past skin color, Bradley still has an assortment of students. Christianity and Judaism are the most prevalent religions on campus, but there are students from other religious backgrounds, as well. Bradley also has a gay community, though it isn't always obvious.

Economically, people say Bradley is full of rich kids, but students represent a variety of family incomes. As a relatively inexpensive private school, students from many economic backgrounds attend Bradley. Of course, there are students who come from wealth, and their families pay for their education. However, many students get through Bradley on student loans, financial assistance, and working jobs when they aren't attending class. But, overall, "middle class" sums up the student population. Politically, Bradley students are generally apathetic, so it's hard to say if the campus is more liberal or conservative.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 15%
25+: 4%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
There are gay students at Bradley, but their presence isn't too noticeable. Common Ground, a student organization focused on the acceptance of homosexuality and bisexuality, is a fairly well-known group. Bradley is somewhat liberal, so students are accepting of the gay community, though it isn't prevalent.
Political Activity
Bradley students are mostly politically apathetic. You won't see a march, a protest, or even a petition on any issue. The school has been ranked among the most politically apathetic in the country, and rightfully so. Students who do have an opinion tend to lean more toward the liberal side.
Economic Status
Bradley is said to be attended by rich kids from Chicago suburbs, but the population is generally middle class. However, as a relatively inexpensive private school, there are students from all economic classes. Some get their educations paid for by their families, and others take out student loans and work to get through school.
Most Common Religions
Christianity and Judaism are the most prevalent religions on campus. Most students fall into one of those groups, but there are other religions represented on campus, and the Bradley community is accepting of those, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a variety of minority clubs on campus, but some stick out more than others. The Black Student Alliance, for example, is a familiar group on campus. They host various events for African Americans throughout the school year. There are also organizations for Latino students, Indian students, Arab students, and others. There are also groups for gay students, Jewish students, vegetarian students, and so on.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 38% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 10% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 41% Moderate
  • 28% Not sure
  • 24% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 28 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 28 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 55% Very accepting.
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