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Bradley University: Narrative Description


1501 West Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625-0002
Tel: (309)676-7611
Free: 800-447-6460
Admissions: (309)677-3144
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1897. Setting: 75-acre urban campus with easy access to Chicago and St. Louis. Endowment: $173.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $5.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9465 per student. Total enrollment: 6,069. Faculty: 532 (337 full-time, 195 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 4,415 applied, 84% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 61% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 41 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,996 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 319 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 31 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Georgetown University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $23,880 includes full-time tuition ($17,600), mandatory fees ($130), and college room and board ($6150). College room only: $3500. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $480 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 220 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 34% of eligible men and 37% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Student Activities Council, Student Action for Environment, Investment Club, Student Senate. Major annual events: All School Picnic, International Night, Activities Fair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrol. 3,395 college housing spaces available; 3,270 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Cullom-Davis Library with 435,394 books, 809,009 microform titles, 1,724 serials, 9,889 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. 2,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Bradley benefits tremendously from its location in Peoria, the state's second largest metropolitan area. (350,000) Students find manifold opportunities in terms of professional internships, cooperative education programs, research opportunities, social and cultural life and employment, and they also benefit from adjunct professors employed in various professors employed in various Peoria area businesses, professions, and other organizations. Peoria is a mecca for the arts and medical sciences. The city's three major health care facilities and the University of Illinois School of Medicine are known collectively as the Downstate Medical Center of Illinois. Together they have built one of the most modern, comprehensive health systems in the Midwest. With a symphony orchestra, civic opera, ballet company and a rich theater and gallery life, Peoria is the center of arts activity in central Illinois. Peoria is blessed with natural beauty, clean air and water, numerous parks, an all-season sports arena and a wealth of recreational opportunities. Peoria is within easy driving distance of two great cities: Three hours from Chicago and from St. Louis.

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