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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are many different courses here at Bradley. 95% of professors are very consistent with office hours and what they state on their syllabus. Class sizes and sections sometimes are unable to accommodate every student that needs to take the course.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A job is nearly guaranteed once you graduate Bradley. Especially with an engineering degree, Caterpillar and other engineering companies recruit engineers fresh out of college every year

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Anything that goes out of hand are usually not big problems like rape and crime. There is the occasional getting caught with alcohol or marijuana in the dorms, but that's really all, and that does not happen often.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Each residence hall has its pros and its cons. University Hall is a freshman-only dorm, so you would need to move out by the end of the spring semester. The other halls, Geisert, Williams, Harper/Wyckoff and Heitz are options after University, though most people tend to gravitate towards Heitz because of the spacious rooming. The cost of dorming is the same across each hall, although singles dorms are more expensive. You could also get an apartment after sophomore year, or choose to become an RA. Overall, outside of distance from points of interest, the only difference between the dorms is how much space you would prefer.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very prominent around the campus, ranging from full scale free food campus activities, lots of Greek housing, and leniency with administration.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We only have three sports teams, and that is something I would wish we had more of. However, the sports teams are very involved with the school and advertisement is something that gets around frequently.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bradley is a great place to be, in my case, it is not too far from home, and neither is it too close. The environment has been welcoming since the orientation days and resources are readily available.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Some general classes like Bio 101 or Chemistry 101 usually will have larger class sizes but a large percentage of classes at Bradley have no more than 20 students enrolled, which is great. For the particular fields that I've studied I would say about 85% of all of my professors actually put forth an effort to thoroughly teach their class and make sure their students had all the resources that they needed to pass the class. Almost all of the courses that I have taken over the last couple of years have been relatively difficult as far as content but with the right discipline I've always made it out with good grades. There are also a lot of different courses that you can take if you're interested in exploring new topics.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I believe a degree from Bradley is very valuable no matter what field of study you're in. I have gotten a couple of jobs (unrelated to my field) and some experience in my field just because I attend Bradley. I also believe that alumni networking is big on campus especially when you get a chance to socialize with someone who was once in your shoes. You also have the Smith career center to always help you with your job and internship search. The only thing that could improve is the actual job fairs and internship fairs. There should be more of a variety of employers for other majors besides business, engineering and nursing.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Crime on campus isn't really a huge issue, maybe a couple of petty thefts on some areas off campus but nothing to be too worried about. As far as campus safety there are police on campus on almost every block especially at night. There are also campus safety cruisers and students that are in safety patrol that provide free services for students who don't feel comfortable traveling alone from one destination to another. These services are usually between the hours of 7pm-3am. I personally never feel unsafe while on campus and if I ever felt uncomfortable traveling alone at night I just call the safety cruise to pick me up and drop me off to my destination.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms was okay. I didn't really have any horror stories or bad experiences but after experiencing getting my own, on- campus, apartment I would prefer to live on my own without a roommate. There were some perks of living in the dorm like the weekly events that the RA's had for the students on their floor and having a meal plan that comes with your housing. All the dorms on campus are within 5-10 minutes away from all of the academic buildings so that was convenient. I would advise Freshmen and Sophomores to stay in a dorm their first two years so that they can meet new people and have a better start socially. The price for room and board was about $10,000 at the time so that's kind of expensive but my overall experience living in a dorm went well.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Although my school isn't really known for great athletics, the fan support and school spirit is still really high especially for the basketball and soccer teams. I just wish that some of the millions that goes toward the athletics department can be allocated more towards academics and resources for students.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My university ended being a perfect fit for me. I love the small class sizes and how much most of the professors actually care about thoroughly teaching students. If I could do it all over, I would still choose my university because I have been able to be a part of powerful organizations, meet genuine people, learn from passionate instructors and experience meaningful experience in my field of study.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The only real alcohol usage is during parties or pure-gaming before a party

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I was a biology major, however I am now hoping to switch to psychology but from my experience as a biology major i must admit the teachers were very helpful. They always give you an email address with a number so that you can contact them they also have office hours where you can come in at those provided times and get help on material that you don't understand. Which is really helpful the teachers try to ensure your success

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think that the career aspect is amazing we have a building called the Smith Career Center and basically this building helps with resumes, letters of Recommendations, internships and job hunting. This is one of our best resources on campus no matter what field you are majoring in they are there for everyone.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have walked back to my dorm at 5 in the morning before and I felt completely safe they have safety cruisers to take you back to your dorm where ever you need to go that is within their driving distance. They have security numbers that you can call and right across the street is the Bradley police department. And they also have students that work security walking the campus to make sure everything is ok. So I love it

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Me personally have really only lived in Williams Hall however I have seen the other dorms except Heitz and personally I love Williams its close to all my classes it has easy to access food and snacks and everyone is pretty friendly. I definitely would not choose University hall its very small the beds are way to close to the ceiling and its a weird setup. I love my school I wouldn't trade it for the world its like a little community full of family.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Seeing as though I was once a non-Greek and am now a Greek I have a little insight on both matters the non-Greek and Greeks get along pretty well. The Greeks are very involved around campus with parties and events or simply community service. We try to practice unity to set an example for incoming and already attending students.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have a Football team, however we do have a basketball team i have never been to a game but I hear they are pretty decent. Everyone is pretty big on school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The first time I got to Bradley I felt very welcomed my favorite part about Bradley is welcome week, because you meet so many people who eventually become close friends and resources. I wouldn't pick any other school at all Bradley and its residents have become like a family to me and that is something that I value. Its a small campus so classes are really close and all within walking distance I absolutely love it.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I do feel safe walking by myself on campus most of the time, but there are still instances of robberies near campus. Also, there was one instance where sexual assault was reported and students were immediately sent a text about the incident so I do feel safer knowing what is going on.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was able to stay in a great dorm my freshman year that had a lot of storage space in the rooms. However, the building is a bit dated and the laundry room is in the basement with only 6 washers and 6 dryers (there are 6 floors). The social atmosphere was okay, the RAs always tried to through events, but many of the girls on my floor wanted no part in them.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I myself am not in Greek life, but I do feel that people who are in Greek life tend to isolate themselves from non-Greek members. I find that some sorority girls are very snobby and rude to those who are not in their sorority. It is somewhat difficult to get into the sororities in that the girls are picky when it comes to new recruits. My best friend wasn't even picked during the first round (there are three).

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I feel that the athletes are given more advantages and perks than the rest of the students here. They get to pick their classes first, live in the best dorm, and get passes in the classroom. My friend told me that one of her professors told her that she had to to take notes and give them to an athlete that was in her class as well as help him study because he was going to be gone for a game. Overall, I think that most of our tuition money goes to the athletic program rather than updating the residence halls or even the academic buildings.

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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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