Students at Bradley University are quick to call out the merits of the institution and their satisfaction with its size and student body. Located in Peoria, Illinois, the school has eight colleges and schools serving more than 4,000 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students. Students can choose from more than 185 undergraduate programs, including majors in ceramics, construction, game design, music business, painting, sports communication and more. Minors, meanwhile, range from applied ergonomics to legal studies.

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A degree from Bradley costs just slightly above the median of schools Money rated this year, with the estimated net price about $136,000 for the typical student before state and federal aid are included. However, the school reported that about 90% of Bradley undergraduates receive financial aid, and the average aid package is worth about $30,000.

The campus is relatively compact, so you are likely to run into fellow students and professors on a daily basis. The majority of students live on campus, and most take part in Bradley's 240-some organizations. About a third of students join Greek life, and a third of the first-year students are students of color.