Bradley University is a top-ranked private university in Peoria, Illinois, that offers 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students opportunities and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university. Bradley offers more than 185 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology.

5400+ students
More than 185 academic programs
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Visiting Campus

Bradley is within three hours driving distance from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, and is also accessible by air. The O'Hare and Midway bus service provides easy transportation between major Chicago airports and the Bradley campus. Or, better yet, fly directly to the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, which provides daily jet service from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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Mission, Vision & Core Values

Bradley University empowers students for immediate and sustained success in their personal and professional endeavors by combining professional preparation, liberal arts and sciences, and co-curricular experiences. Alongside our dedication to students, we embrace the generation, application, and interpretation of knowledge.

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Lydia Moss Bradley brought a horology (watch-making) school to Peoria and expanded its offerings to include classics, industrial arts and home economics. Since opening as Bradley Polytechnic Institute in 1897, Bradley University has sought to reflect Mrs. Bradley’s desire to develop well-rounded, productive citizens.


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Recognition & Guidebooks

Publications like U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek recognize Bradley University for its academic rigor, value and student engagement.

founded in 1897, 8 colleges & schools


Bradley University is a unique place to call “home” for four years. Learn the basic facts about academics, student life, famous alumni, sports and more.

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