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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: the newer buildings on campus are amazing, however with our engineering program being so renown you would think the buildings would be nicer on the outside and inside, however though the buildings appeal may lack in interest the equipment and tools etc. is the top of the line stuff for our engineering program thanks to our very supportive and huge fane fortune 500 company Catarpiller

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The centers are great for meeting other people.Thestudent center as a lot going on for all students with differ things and the job fairs help us to see what all out their in our fields. The differ activities in the dorms usually are pretty fun and a lot of the students show up for it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are plenty of places to hang out on campus. The recreational center was just renovated so that is pretty fun to go to and hang with friends.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The amount of places to go to for help with homework, internships, study abroad, financial help, etc. is great. If i ever have a concern or question i know i can go somewhere that will help me out.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: They have a a new gym and updated student center. The quads are nice and well kept. The library isn't the best, but are in the process of trying to redo it. Homecoming events were fun and had a lot of attendance. Other than that, there were not many campus activities.


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The bad news is that Bradley lacks in facilities—at least in the important ones—but the good news is administrators recognize this, and the campus is constantly changing. The to-do list is huge. Bradley announced its 15-year plan in August 2006, which is supposed to transform the look of campus. The Markin Family Student Recreation was added in 2008. Campus will also see a new parking deck, the renovation and expansion of Westlake Hall, a new Alumni Center, new student housing, and updates to engineering and business buildings.

However, even when the 15-year plan is finished, the campus will still need help. There's little landscaping, which makes the campus not very aesthetically pleasing, although it's mostly clean. And many buildings will still be outdated. The library is dreary, and its resources—books and technology—are subpar, and it's not on many people's lists of favorite places to study. The Michel Student Center needs help, too. There are few places to hang out, and it doesn't have any of the big-school services, such as a post office or bank. It has a couple of quick places to get a bite to eat, but nothing to get too excited about. There is also a small convenience store, a large ballroom, and a few places to sit and watch TV. However, it's not everything students expect in a student center.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
85 acres
Student Centers
Michel Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Cullom-Davis Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Dorms and apartments
  • Greek houses
  • One World Café
  • Panera Bread
  • The quad (when it's nice outside)
  • The student center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Michel Student Center has a coffee bar that serves Starbucks, but people usually get their drinks to go. There is a full Starbucks across the street from Bradley in Campustown. It's more popular to go there to sit down for coffee, and it's cheaper than the walk-up bar in the student center.
Movie Theater on Campus
Marty Theater in the basement of the Michel Student Center shows movies for $1. They are usually popular, new movies. Sometimes there are movies on a projection screen on the quad when the weather is nice.
"Green" Initiatives
Bradley has a "green" e-newsletter that talks about all of the University's environmentally-friendly programs. These programs include recycling, "green" buildings, and paperless publications.
School Slang
  • ACBU: Activities Council of Bradley University, which puts on a lot of campus events, including two big-name shows every year
  • Bradley Bubble: Campus isn't in the best part of town, but Bradley seems to have a "bubble" around it, protecting it from the nearby neighborhoods. Not to say Bradley is completely free of crime, homeless people, or police sirens, but it's pretty safe. People refer to this phenomenon as "The Bradley Bubble." You can stay inside or venture outside the bubble.
  • GCC: Caterpillar Global Communications Center, where all communication classes and many graphic art classes are held
  • SAC: There are two meanings to this and both are pronounced like "sack." The first is the Student Apartment Complex. Students often say, "I live in SAC," and it's rarely referred to by its full name. The other is the Student Advisory Committee, a group of student leaders who work on a panel for Student Affairs and give administrators advice on many campus issues.
  • SCC: Smith Career Center
  • STARs: Student Admissions Representatives. If you're planning a trip to visit Bradley, you'll meet at least one STAR.
  • Task Force: Illinois State Police's Campus/TAP program, which comes to Bradley several times a year to ticket underage drinkers. Sometimes people call it by its real name, "Campus/TAP," but you'll hear "Task Force" a lot more.
  • Unofficial: "Unofficial" is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's annual unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration. Because U of I and Bradley students are often on spring break during St. Patrick's Day, it's a tradition to celebrate beforehand. U of I students pick the day, and Bradley students are known to drive 90 minutes to be part of the celebration. U of I students wake up early one Friday in late February or early March and hit the bars before class, and their Bradley friends skip class on Friday or join in on the fun later.
  • War on 74: The rivalry between Bradley and Illinois State University. The "74" refers to Interstate 74, which runs through Peoria and Bloomington. You have to take 74 to get from one campus to the other. You'll also hear "I-S-Who?" from Bradley students.
  • Block Party: At the beginning of every school year, the entire campus community is invited to a block party on Fredonia, where many fraternity and sorority houses are located. A large chunk of campus shows up for this event to enjoy music, mingling, and food.
  • Dance Marathon: This is one of Bradley's biggest annual charity fundraisers. Students stand on their feet for 24 hours to try to feel the pain that young patients at the Children's Hospital of Illinois are going through.
  • Lighting of the "B": Every year during Homecoming, people gather for the lighting of the "B" atop Bradley Hall. This tradition began as a way to guide alumni back to their alma mater.
  • Senior Bar Crawl: Every graduating class makes T-shirts and hits up the bars for a day-long bar crawl. There is actually a logical path for this adventure, but many students don't make it to the end.
  • Shack-a-Thon: A lot of events take place on Olin Quad, but Shack-a-Thon is the hardest to miss. Every year, Bradley's Habitat for Humanity constructs houses out of cardboard, and students live in them for about 24 hours. Many organizations participate, and the idea is to raise money while feeling what it's like to be homeless.
Urban Legends
  • Constance Hall, the music building, used to be a women's dorm. Olive B. White, a former dean of women in the 1950s, was said to be strict with curfews. Late at night, when students are practicing music, White is said to be heard roaming the halls on her routine bed checks.
  • John T. lived in Harper/Wyckoff in 1987. He died on his way to the Lucky Lady Irish Pub, now Cam's, when he stumbled off a bridge and plummeted 12 feet to his death. It's said the ghost of John T. sometimes sends residents to the seventh floor when they push the elevator button for the sixth, and he makes odd noises throughout the building.
  • People say there is a ghost that haunts the women's bathroom on the third floor of Sisson Hall. The building is full of student organization offices, but it used to be a dorm. The legend goes that a woman committed suicide in the shower in the 1980s, but there aren't any archived stories proving that someone died there.
  • The Meyer Jacobs Theatre is supposedly home to several ghosts. The Hartmann Center, where the theater is located, was a gymnasium in the 1970s. Students say the ghost who has been seen wearing a suit was a coach who hanged himself in the rafters for unknown reasons. Students say he still lurks there today, and sometimes the distinct smell of cigar smoke follows. The "Lady in White," an opera diva, also supposedly wanders the theater. Supposedly, the ghost left sawdust footprints across newly painted scenery in the 1980s, and she was said to blow out lights in the theater when students rehearsed too long for her liking. Rumor also has it that a little boy drowned in a pool in the basement of the old gym, and you can still hear him laugh or sing.
Favorite Things To Do
Going out (off-campus parties, Greek parties, or the bars), playing Ultimate Frisbee or Frisbee golf, seeing a movie (on the quad, in Marty Theater, at local theaters), playing intramural sports, and eating and hanging out at local restaurants are all student favorites. For a small campus, Bradley always has a variety of things going on. The lounge in University Hall is a place to hang out on the weekends to hear poetry readings or guest musical artists sponsored by various organizations. Twice a year, the Activities Council brings in a big-name comedian, singer, or musical group to perform. Past performers have included Everclear, Jack's Mannequin, and Bill Cosby. There are usually weekend movies for $1 in the Marty Theater in the student center. The theater students often have a play or musical going on in the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts. Voice and music seniors frequently showcase their talents in recitals at Dingledine, the music performance building. The campus also has big events throughout the year that bring special activities, such as the campus carnival, Siblings' Weekend, Parents' Weekend, and the campus barbecue at the beginning of the year, among others. Many students also go to men's basketball games, as they are a well-known Division I team.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Bradley Scout
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 25 responses

  • 25% Block Party
  • 25% Activities Fair/Taste of Bradley
  • 20% Late Night BU
  • 15% Lighting of the "B"
  • 5% Senior Bar Crawl
  • 5% Shack-a-Thon
  • 5% Rush
  • 2% Dance Marathon

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 38% Go to Markin.
  • 20% Lay out on the quad.
  • 13% Late night BU
  • 11% Go to BBQ Kitten (improv group on campus) shows
  • 9% Go to cultural events
  • 9% Go to the library

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 26 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 4% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 44 responses

  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 68% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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