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BRADLEY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL VALUE FOR BOTH
STRONG ACADEMICS UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
Lydia Moss Bradley (1816-1908) was an entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 1897, this extraordinary woman created what is now her greatest legacy when she founded Bradley University.
set you apart from others.
You are not like everybody else. And neither are we.
Truth be told, we never have been. We were founded more than 100 years ago by Lydia Moss Bradley, a revolutionary woman with an entrepreneurial spirit. A woman who believed we all should make it our passion to be unique and useful, independent and industrious. A brave woman who believed it was good to be different. Of course, we offer all the things you expect from a university: A full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a talented and dedicated faculty, and opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research, internships, arts, athletics and social activities. But we’re just as proud to be what you least expect. With 5,000 undergraduate students, we’re an unexpected size. We’re in an unexpected city. We’re unexpectedly affordable. And we follow an unexpected approach to teaching, learning and personal development— with more opportunities than small schools and more personal experiences than large ones. We’re an exceptional value for both strong academics and unique experiences. We think that’s why we’ve been ranked the top regional university of our kind in Illinois—and fifth overall in the Midwest. It’s good to be different. To do the unexpected. To be brave.
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96% OF STUDENTS GAIN REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in an environment that’s designed to help you grow. An environment filled with high-quality students—like you—who welcome the opportunity to engage with people who challenge them, question them and inspire them.
Professors who know your name
100% of classes taught by faculty
You’ll learn from talented, engaged professors who demand excellence and provide the guidance you need to achieve it. Professors who are great teachers, researchers and scholars, hold patents, earn Emmy Awards, serve as Poet Laureates and write symphonies. Teachers who make a difference in the world—and who will make a difference in your life.
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You’ll be surrounded by a network of people committed to encouraging you and helping you succeed. You’ll be inspired by your peers as you work together on research projects, in honors seminars, in study groups and on student organizations. And you’ll have access to resources such as free math tutoring, a Writing Center and a student support center dedicated to your success.
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Learn by doing Through integrated projects, engineering and business majors join forces to solve problems for real-world clients. The group of students below combined their knowledge and skill sets to deliver market recommendations and a cost-effective mounting system for photovoltaic solar panels.
“The fashion industry is a global business and by traveling, studying and working abroad, you gain an insight into another culture’s style, fashion history and economics in business.” Sydney Schneider, Retail Merchandising Intern, La Gare 24 luxury boutique, Florence, Italy
Build your resume “Being able to shoot, edit and produce videos for the University gives me the experience I need to get started in my career in animation and special effects. I’m using the same tools used in the industry, making me a more valuable potential employee.” Evan Fitzer, Interactive Media: Visual Effects and Animation Intern, Bradley University Marketing
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put yourself out there Bradley prides itself on having a student body of “doers” rather than observers. You’ll quickly become immersed in your major course work, so you’ll know right away if you’ve selected the right field of study. If you’re a nursing student, you’ll see patients. If you’re an engineering student, you’ll build a race car, create a robot, or design a “green” warehouse. If you’re majoring in communications, you’ll write a script or shoot a video. If you’re studying education, you’ll teach in a classroom.
In today’s competitive marketplace, the difference between landing and not landing a job is more than the education you receive or the GPA you earn. It’s the experience you bring to the table. But how do you acquire that experience when you’re busy being a full-time student? By participating in hundreds of opportunities to put your new knowledge and skills to work in the real world.
Bradley students don’t just learn how things are done; they learn to change the way things are done. That culture is just one of the reasons why the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked our undergraduate entrepreneurship program among the top 25 in the nation.
You’ll continue to build your resume with internships and study abroad opportunities throughout your college experience, working for Fortune 50 manufacturers, small businesses, law offices, hospitals, parks, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Bradley students have the opportunity to study in every major city in the world, with study abroad programs ranging from a week to a year. In addition, students in all areas of study are encouraged to gain a critical awareness of world issues and become contributing citizens of our complex global community.
our alumni make an impact
Scientist who developed treatment for cancer of the Placenta
Deputy Director of Kennedy Space Center
Radio & TV Announcer for the Chicago Cubs
Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
’50 ’56 ’58 ’59
Hugo Awardwinning science fiction author
World’s First Black Astronaut
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
Emmy-Winning Television Reporter and Consumer Advocate
CEO of HarleyDavidson Inc.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation
National Public Radio Correspondent
It was the mission of our founder, Lydia Moss Bradley, to prepare students to lead independent, industrious and useful lives —to excel and be leaders in their chosen fields … and in life. Leadership development is a core value of the University and is a hallmark of the Bradley Experience. We believe that leadership is essential to the future careers of our students and the communities where they will choose to live.
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer
Inventor of a Knee Replacement Implant
Television Sitcom Producer
Copy Editor for the New York Times
A brave community Bradley has more than 65,000 alumni living in all 50 states and 90 countries. They network with students regarding careers, get involved with local alumni chapters and help with student recruiting and other career-related programs. They care about Bradley’s success—and the success of Bradley students.
’94 ’96 ’01 ’02 ’05
Professional Football Player
Academy Award Winner
You’ll find that leadership opportunities are everywhere. Of the more than 240 student organizations on campus, more than 60 are dedicated to student leadership and community service. All student clubs and organizations—from honorary societies to social clubs to local chapters of major professional organizations—are managed and governed by student leaders. Many of these organizations offer networking opportunities with leaders in business, politics and philanthropy.
Professional Soccer Player
A key component of leadership is service, and Bradley students have proven time and time again that they are engaged and committed to the campus and to the community. Nearly 75 percent of Bradley students participated in service-learning projects last year, volunteering more than 50,000 hours and raising nearly $200,000 for more than 325 different charities.
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how far will you go?
A MINOR IN LEADERHIP STUDIES gives all Bradley students the opportunity to learn about effective leadership and directly apply theories and practices to their major area of study. In addition, the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service offers development programs and networking opportunities that help students become committed and effective leaders in their careers, families and communities.
Who are the Braves? More than 5,000 undergraduates and 700 graduate students from across the United States and 38 countries. Want to learn more about where they live, what they do for fun, and how they get involved? Keep reading to get a glimpse of Brave life.
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Live brave Choosing a college is about finding a place that has your major, fits your budget and lands you in the career you choose. It’s also about finding a home away from home. A place that lets you spread your wings but still feels safe and comfortable. A place where you’ll meet lifelong friends, make memories, embrace new experiences, change the way you see the world and discover who you are. A place like Bradley. Athletics & Activities
Entertainment abounds— from concerts and recitals to theatrical productions and art exhibitions, to lectures and workshops presented by worldclass communicators.
The Markin Family Student Recreation Center features a swimming pool, indoor track, basketball courts, rock climbing wall, fitness classes, racquetball and more.
Men’s basketball has appeared in eight Division 1 NCAA tournaments, made the Final Four twice, and has played in two national championship games.
Fraternities and sororities, the largest student organizations on campus, offer opportunities to serve the community, network with alumni and make lifelong friendships.
With more than 240 student organizations, from political interest groups to the Anime Club, from the national champion speech team to Nerf Commandos, you’ll be able to participate in plenty of activities that are familiar—and plenty that give you the chance to try something new. Bradley has a long and illustrious history in athletics. In addition to cheering on our student-athletes on 15 NCAA Division I teams, you’ll have a chance to participate in a variety of athletic and recreational activities. Club sports and intramurals offer everything from hockey and hiking to bowling and ultimate Frisbee.
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HOME OF THE BRAVES Bradley is located in the heart of Peoria, a major metropolitan area of 350,000 people located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. Like Bradley, Peoria is the “right size”—large enough to provide a wide range of recreational, cultural and professional activities, yet small enough to maintain a shared community spirit.
The residential campus is located in a historic neighborhood just one mile from downtown Peoria, where the business district and riverfront have been revitalized with art galleries and restaurants. Peoria is home to Caterpillar Inc., a number of innovative technology companies, and three hospitals, including the largest medical center in downstate Illinois.
The University’s 84-acre campus includes 77 buildings all within a five-minute walk. You’ll have access to world-class facilities—including a communications center equipped with video editing suites, a library with access to more than 38 million items in a network of 77 other institutions, and individual labs specifically designed for the study of dozens of subjects such as robotics, alternative energy, microwaves, optics and holography.
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wyckoff heitz burgess hall
michel student center
lovelace hartmann center for the performing arts
baker hall [ business ]
st. James place
kaufman visitor center
constance hall macmillan
olin hall of science bradley hall
heuser art center
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westlake hall [ education ]
hayden-clark alumni center
swords dingeldine music center cullom-davis library
morgan hall [ engineering &
Markin family student recreation center
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choose your path Whether you know exactly what you want to do when you graduate from college, or you’re just beginning to consider the possibilities, Bradley is the place for you. You can choose from more than 100 majors and programs of study in five colleges or select Bradley’s nationally recognized Academic Exploration Program. This program follows a systematic approach to help you find the path that’s right for you, whether you’re just getting started, or you decide down the road to change your major.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Graduate school opportunities
The Robert and Carolyn Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation prepares students to take their place in society as innovators, providing solutions to complex, global and fast-changing challenges. Networking is a critical part of the process—linking students to key contacts in the entrepreneurial community locally, regionally and throughout the nation. The school makes it possible for Bradley students from all disciplines to earn a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Bradley graduates go on to receive advanced degrees from many of the best institutions in the world. And many of them choose to continue their studies here. • Diverse range of 36 Certificate, Master’s and Doctoral programs •Student faculty ratio of 3:1 • Accelerated Master’s Programs in Accounting, Quantitative Finance, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education RN to MS Nursing, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry
We’re committed to doing all we can to make Bradley affordable, maintaining a tuition price that is considerably lower than comparable universities. In addition to opportunities for scholarships and grants, you’ll also have access to low-cost educational borrowing and payment plans that provide considerable flexibility. More than 90 percent of Bradley students benefit from scholarships or other financial assistance. Complete Bradley’s Early Estimator to find out how much scholarship, grant and other assistance will be available to you. Visit bradley.edu/estimator for a scholarship estimate.
Foster College of Business bradley.edu/business
The Foster College of Business is one of the few schools of business in the country that requires every student to participate in a real-life consulting experience with a real business, and is one of the first three business schools in the country to offer a major in international business. Real business experience is one reason why our graduates enjoy a 95 percent placement rate within six months of graduation. UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS & PROGRAMS OF STUDY
ACCOUNTING • 5 -YEAR BACHELOR’S / MASTER’S OPTION • INTERNAL AUDITING ACTUARIAL SCIENCE ECONOMICS ENTREPRENEURSHIP FINANCE • 5 -YEAR BACHELOR’S / MASTER’S IN QUANTITATIVE FINANCE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION •H UMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT • LEGAL STUDIES IN BUSINESS
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS MARKETING • GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT • PROFESSIONAL SELLING • SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING UNDECIDED BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE MINORS
BUSINESS STUDIES BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUSINESS MANAGEMENT DECISION ANALYSIS ECONOMICS INTERNAL AUDITING LEADERSHIP STUDIES MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS MARKETING PROFESSIONAL SELLING SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
slane college of communications & fine arts
College of education & health sciences
Bradley’s Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts integrates the fields of communication, fine and performing arts, interactive media, and entertainment technology. The college’s game design and sports communication programs are nationally recognized, and the college boasts the most successful competitive speech program in the nation. Ongoing partnerships with entertainment-industry leaders provide students hundreds of networking and internship opportunities.
With a reputation for developing extraordinary leaders in the human service professions, this college prepares students for careers in preschool through higher education, nursing, family and consumer sciences, health sciences, physical therapy and administration. It serves as a gateway to Bradley’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, named one of the top 100 programs in the nation. Nursing students have an option to earn a master’s degree by adding one extra year.
UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS & PROGRAMS OF STUDY
ADVERTISING ART •C ERAMICS •D RAWING •G RAPHIC DESIGN •P AINTING •P HOTOGRAPHY •P RINTMAKING • S CULPTURE ART EDUCATION (K–12) ART HISTORY INTERACTIVE MEDIA • ANIMATION / VISUAL EFFECTS •G AME DESIGN • WEB /APPLICATION DESIGN JOURNALISM MUSIC MUSIC BUSINESS MUSIC COMPOSITION MUSIC EDUCATION • INSTRUMENTAL •P IANO • VOCAL
MUSIC PERFORMANCE • INSTRUMENTAL • ORGAN • PIANO • VOCAL MUSIC ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION PUBLIC RELATIONS SPORTS COMMUNICATION TELEVISION ARTS THEATRE ARTS THEATRE PERFORMANCE THEATRE PRODUCTION UNDECIDED COMMUNICATION UNDERGRADUATE MINORS
ART HISTORY FINE ARTS GAME DESIGN INTERACTIVE MEDIA JOURNALISM MUSIC ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION STUDIO ARTS THEATRE ARTS
UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS & PROGRAMS OF STUDY
COMMUNITY WELLNESS DIETETICS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (BIRTH–GRADE 3) ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-9) FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES EDUCATION HEALTH SCIENCE (Leads to Bradley Doctorate of Physical Therapy or other health professions) HOSPITALITY LEADERSHIP LEARNING BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST LEARNING BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST / ELEMENTARY EDUCATION NURSING (Direct entry) NURSING EDUCATION: 5-YEAR BACHELOR’S/MASTER’S NURSING ADMINISTRATION: 5-YEAR BACHELOR’S/MASTER’S PHYSICAL THERAPY (Direct entry doctorate program from Health Science major) RETAIL MERCHANDISING SECONDARY EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION LEARNING BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST UNDERGRADUATE MINORS
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE HEALTH LEADERSHIP STUDIES
caterpillar College of engineering & technology
College of liberal arts & sciences
Bradley engineering students engage in hands-on, team-based learning from day one. One-hundred percent complete senior projects with clients, and a majority acquire additional industry experience through paid internships and part-time jobs. Industry projects, design competitions, internships, co-op positions and project-based research provide real-world skills sought by employers. Students may also customize a program by combining majors and minors with more than 100 academic programs available beyond engineering.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the most diverse and largest in the University. It includes over 25 majors, and many students graduate with more than one. Students have an option to complete a combination bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. The college boasts an excellent placement rate into medical schools, graduate schools and professional programs.
UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS & PROGRAMS OF STUDY
UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS & PROGRAMS OF STUDY
CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING / COMPUTER OPTION ENGINEERING UNDECIDED INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING • ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT • L OGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN ENGINEERING • S YSTEMS ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING • L EAN MANUFACTURING •P ROCESS ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY •D ESIGN • S YSTEMS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING •B IOMEDICAL • E NERGY
BIOCHEMISTRY • 5 -YEAR BACHELOR’S / MASTER’S OPTION BIOLOGY •P REPROFESSIONAL: CELL AND MOLECULAR • E COLOGY AND EVOLUTION •M EDICAL TECHNOLOGY • S ECONDARY EDUCATION • 5 -YEAR BACHELOR’S / MASTER’S OPTION CHEMISTRY •B USINESS •P REPROFESSIONAL • S ECONDARY EDUCATION • 5 -YEAR BACHELOR’S / MASTER’S OPTION COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS •C OMPUTER GAME TECHNOLOGY •M OBILE COMPUTING • S OFTWARE, WEB & COMPUTER SECURITY
ERGONOMICS QUALITY ENGINEERING
COMPUTER SCIENCE • COMPUTER GAME TECHNOLOGY • MOBILE COMPUTING • SOFTWARE, WEB & COMPUTER SECURITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES ECONOMICS ENGLISH • CREATIVE WRITING • LITERARY STUDIES • PROFESSIONAL WRITING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE • BIOLOGY • CHEMISTRY • PHYSICS FRENCH HISTORY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MATHEMATICS • ACTUARIAL SCIENCE • SECONDARY EDUCATION MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE PHILOSOPHY PHYSICS POLITICAL SCIENCE
PRE-LAW PRE-MED PSYCHOLOGY RELIGIOUS STUDIES SOCIAL WORK SOCIOLOGY SPANISH UNDERGRADUATE MINORS
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES ANTHROPOLOGY ASIAN STUDIES BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY COMPUTER GAME TECHNOLOGY COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES ENGLISH CREATIVE WRITING ENGLISH LITERATURE ENGLISH PROFESSIONAL WRITING FRENCH GAME DESIGN GERMAN HISTORY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES LITERATURE MATHEMATICS PHILOSOPHY 17 PHYSICS POLITICAL SCIENCE RELIGIOUS STUDIES RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES SOCIOLOGY SPANISH WESTERN EUROPEAN STUDIES WOMEN’S STUDIES
BE brave The Bradley Experience is different for everyone. Where will your Bradley Experience take you? Will you join Engineers Without Borders and oversee construction of a freshwater well in Guatemala? Spend the January interim in Paris or London? Be an intern with NBC Universal and cover the Olympics, or participate in the Hollywood Semester and intern at a television, movie or music studio? Maybe you’ll play in the University pep band at Division I basketball games, spend your Saturdays working with disadvantaged children, or win the Project Springboard business incubator competition. Are you ready to discover what you’re made of? Put yourself out there? Lead the way? Then you’re ready to BE BRAVE.
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