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Reviews 837 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Sometimes the parties are dead, from what I hear. But I am not much of a party person to provide an expert opinion.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school could provide more financial aid considering that they are making tuition more expensive. Either you get lucky with financial aid awards or you're stuck paying a lot more than others.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: When the food in the student center is good it's good, but when it's bad, it's bad. Sometimes the best options are to eat out with your friend and eating out seems cheaper. And you should save your Quick Cash for rainy days when you're sick of the campus food options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms can seem kind of small and there are some cleanliness issues on campus and in the dormitory halls. But overall, I like the small feel of the school and the people here are friendly.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options in Campus town that are fun to try because they are so diverse, and most are affordable, offer Bradley discounts, or accept QuickCash.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They're lenient about things like underage drinking as long as you're not being disrespectful to anyone, but if it becomes a problem, you'll pay the price. Drugs are not okay.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The fraternity parties are the most fun when they have music going and a dance floor set up with lights, etc. Off-campus parties are iffy, they're either good or bad, but typically if you go with friends you can turn it into a good time.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: As for the dining halls: when it's good, it's good. However, when it's bad, it's BAD.

The campus restaurants are good for the most part, but when you eat at them all the time, it uses your dining dollars and you get bored or sick of it. The POD is overpriced.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's not the best, but not the worst. I think it really depends on your floormates if you live in a dorm, and, most importantly, whether or not you get along with your roommate. Campus food is decent, but it gets old, fast. We have an awesome rec center, Markin, with a saltwater pool and an awesome rock wall and good workout equipment. The all freshman dorm is overwhelming sometimes because people can be loud and annoying, but if you get along with the people on your floor and your RA it can be a great experience. The buildings are maintained, but I wouldn't call them "clean" necessarily, especially not the shared bathrooms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There seem to be a lot of options for living off campus, whether you go to St. James Apartments or get a house,

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: One World is the place to go for a nice sit down place, having lots of options, gluten free, vegan, etc. Not to mention the small restaurants in Campus Town for a quick bite to eat.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There are a few things that I would change, but overall, not too bad.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got financial aid really easily, covering everything that my scholarships didn't.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go to parties, so I don't really have an opinion.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I love the variety of the food, but my personal favorite is the build your own pasta in the student center, delicious!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. There are so many things to do, that it's really worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are only a few different options for types of off campus housing. But from what I hear they are not too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I do not have off campus dining so I cannot accurately describe it

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The only policies that I am aware of for academics is that you keep your grades up high enough to keep your scholarship. Most students do that and never have a problem. Although I think if you drop below a 2.0 you go on social probation although I am unaware of what that entails. The police are there to serve and protect. They don't break up parties, they simply ask we turn down the music if the neighbors complain.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Like any and every student, I could always use more help. But I have the scholarship that Bradley gave me and it helps but not enough. I applied for the FAFSA for the past 2 years and got it both times without any problems or difficulty. I simply followed the instructions and applied in time and got what they gave me.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Even though we are a small school, the parties are huge. There are always off campus parties along with parties at the fraternity houses. Greek life is huge on campus so most if not all parties are from a fraternity. This can make it somewhat difficult for guys to get into parties unless they know somebody in that fraternity. But the parties are always fun and I feel like it is the perfect college atmosphere you would expect at a party. Once a year every fraternity has their "biggest party of the year" where there will be hundreds of people at the party and its always a good time. I think that the party scene at Bradley is much bigger than we are given credit for.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food becomes very repetitive, a lot of the time dinner will be some sort of alteration from the leftover lunch menu. There is a chick-fil-a on campus so that is something everybody loves, along with Moe's, the mexican restaurant on campus. I'm a bit of a picky eater but I feel that the options are not very student friendly. They are not foods that we would get from home or enjoy eating.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed the dorm life. The RA's truly care about the residents and do their best to be there for students when needed. I liked in University Hall, which is what I strongly recommend to any incoming freshman. It is open to any grade level of student, but only freshman live there. It is a perfect environment for a student coming into college. All the dorms cost the same so it does not matter which they pick. Another good dorm to pick is geisert because the cafeteria is in that building. One downside to this dorm is that the windows are very small so the outside lighting in the room is limited. The building is also old and the elevators don't always work the best. It is a small campus so the dorms surround the majority of the food venues on campus which is nice, especially in the winter.Overall I felt that it was a great experience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Bradley has it's own apartments so many upperclass students live there. They get wifi from campus and aren't too far away from classes. If not an apartment, students live in houses. Most of the houses are less than 4 blocks from campus so it is really easy to get to and from campus. It isn't safe to walk around by yourself at night as it is Peoria and there is quite a bit of crime.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining (within walking distance) are few. There's Avanti's, One World, Than Linhn, world of wings, mcdonalds, starbucks, subway, panda, pizza hut, and papa johns. If people have cars, there a lot more options but they are not within walking distance. There are student discounts at some of the restaurants but most of them don't have any.

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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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