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Overall Score: 75.13

Bradley University

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 about 4,600 undergrads. 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. 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. Bradley is home to the Renaissance Coliseum, where Weezer, Macklemore and Taking Back Sunday, among others, have performed. Looking for more action? The university is a mile from downtown Peoria, and Chicago is just a three-hour drive away.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$51,600
% of students who get any grants
96%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,300
Average price for low-income students
$16,590

Admissions

Acceptance rate
70%
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/25
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
4,630

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
75%
% of students who get merit grants
26%
Average merit grant
$12,930

Student Success

Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Median student debt
$27,000
Early career earnings
$61,890
% earning more than a high school grad
79%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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