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5 College Sophomore

Academics: all of Bradley's departments are very good

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some teachers expect too much reading for one class considering how many other classes each student may be taking.

5 College Freshman

Academics: i love to learn here

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I gave this such a high rating because the academics at this school are amazing. They also provide so many tools to help you so succeed. Also, the professors are top of the line, seriously. Sometimes they aren't the best at teaching lecture halls, but they always have office hours and want to help you. Utilize your resources!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm always challenged at Bradley, but it's the kind of challenge that's manageable. The staff is great and genuinely want you to succeed. It feels like home when I walk into a classroom so I am completely satisfied. However, there is always that one teacher that just throws a curveball at you that you weren't ready for.

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Some students complain about their classes, while others have nothing but praise. Of course, there are professors who should have retired a long time ago because they forget they've taught the same lesson three days in a row. But most instructors know what they're talking about and have firsthand experience working in their fields. Bradley is known for its quality academics, and the reputation isn't unwarranted. Everyone gets personal attention in the mostly small classes, and students graduate with a hard-earned degree. Most professors aren't lax and challenge students, but the workload isn't unmanageable.

Midterm and final exam times get a bit hectic, and students have to study to do well in most classes. Sometimes it feels like professors are banding together to give piles of projects, tests, and papers all in one week. But for the most part, it's what to expect of college. There are easy classes, and there are hard classes. Students have to feel their way through, and allot time and effort accordingly. Because Bradley is such a small campus with intimate classes, most professors are accessible and helpful. They learn students' names and encourage them to stop by to get extra help. Most students don't feel blindfolded because academic advisers and department staff are there to guide students toward their degrees. For freshmen who haven't decided on a major, Bradley's Academic Exploration Program is there to help. Many freshmen are AEP majors until they find their calling, and no one judges them for not having found their purpose. Even if a student thinks he knows what he wants to study but ends up hating it, it's easy to switch majors and still graduate in a reasonable amount of time. All things considered, Bradley lives up to its reputation of above-average academics, and employers value the education students receive.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
348
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
219
Total FT Faculty
348
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$74,487
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
129
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 55%
  • 20 to 49 students: 42%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Education and Health Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Foster College of Business Administration
  • Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Cullom-Davis Library (though this is many students' last resort)
  • Robert H. Michel Student Center
  • Study lounges in dorms or fraternity/sorority houses
  • University Hall lounge (if there isn't a concert or poetry reading going on)
  • Your room
Tips to Succeed
  • Be prepared to be frustrated when you're registering for classes because it's not easy to get the ones you want, and you won't at first. If there's a gen ed you really want to take, hold out for it until you can get in the class.
  • Be social, but make sure you get your work done first.
  • Break the ice and introduce yourself to people. Most new students are looking for friends, too.
  • Don't sign up for early-morning classes if you have a hard time rolling out of bed.
  • Get an internship. It will make getting a job after graduation a lot easier.
  • Get involved—in your classes and in student organizations or causes.
  • Go to class even if your professors don't take attendance.
  • Have fun in the dorms. It's a great two years.
  • Pay attention in class and participate. Classes are small, so it's easy to make friends or enemies with your professors.
  • Take general education courses that interest you, if possible. Don't just take the ones that people say are easy.
  • The website www.ratemyprofessors.com is useful, even though professors tell you it isn't.
Did You Know?
Students can take up to 16 credit hours per semester at no extra cost. However, credit hours in excess of 16 per semester will cost extra. Some students sign up for courses at nearby Illinois Central College to avoid extra costs at Bradley. Many students take 15 or 16 credits per semester at Bradley and sign up for an additional general education course at ICC.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 12% Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. - first African American astronaut
  • 12% Charlie Steiner - former host of SportsCenter
  • 12% Hersey Hawkins - former NBA player
  • 8% Stephen Gorman - COO of Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • 8% Robert Michel - former U.S. congressman
  • 8% Jim Les - former NBA player
  • 8% Neil Flynn - actor
  • 8% Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
  • 8% Ray LaHood - Department of Transportation
  • 4% Jack Brickhouse - former radio/TV baseball announcer
  • 4% Tami Lane - Academy Award-wining makeup artist
  • 4% Stan Albeck (Former NBA and Bradley head coach)
  • 4% Aaron Schock
  • 0% Gen. John Shalikashvili - former Joint Chiefs chairman
  • 0% Matt Savoie - figure skater, Olympic bronze medalist
  • 0% Jerry Hadley - tenor, New York Metropolitan Opera

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 10 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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