Bradley University

Graduates: 768
Undergraduates: 4825
Graduates: 768
Setting: Medium four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $29,320.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,320.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1703 / 26 / 3.7
Public/Private: private
Male/Female Ratio: 49:51
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 64%

Bradley University is a private, mid-sized university in Peoria, Illinois. Founded in 1897, Bradley University currently enrolls 5,700 students.

The International Programs Office at Bradley University is committed to nurturing the development of students as citizens of a complex global community. Our goal is to prepare individuals for life and professions in a changing world by enabling our students to cross academic, geographic, and cultural boundaries. We are dedicated to enriching the intellectual lives of our students, faculty, staff, and community by facilitating international academic programs; fostering an internationalized curriculum on-campus; supporting faculty development, research, and engagement with international issues; and encouraging collaborative engagement with constituencies, institutions, and communities that represent global diversity. A distinctive feature of Bradley University is that we offer students a broad range of opportunities for international academic experiences. Programs of study for a semester or a year are available in more than 25 countries. Bradley students can also experience short-term intensive academic programs offered abroad by Bradley faculty members. These unique programs combine academic rigor with directed cultural encounters in some of the most interesting venues in the world. In Bradley�s short-term intensive programs abroad, students and faculty from different colleges and research orientations form collaborative communities that cross disciplinary boundaries at the same time they cross cultural boundaries. On campus, the International Programs Office engages faculty, students, and staff in our deep commitment to an internationalized curriculum, represented by our university-wide Global Scholars Programs and their numerous related activities, events, and intellectual undertakings. We believe that members of a global campus can cross borders even without traveling, and we work toward that end by promoting a critical awareness of world issues; engaging knowledge of and appreciation for other cultures, languages and belief systems; and committing to educating active, responsible global citizens. At Bradley University, we acknowledge a collective responsibility for contributing to a global future. The International Programs Office is proud that its mission constitutes a bedrock goal of a university education: to foster commitment to the values of civility, diversity, and informed respect for the individual and for cultures that are not our own.

The Bradley Polytechnic Institute was founded by philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897 in memory of her husband Tobias and their six children, all of whom died early and suddenly, making Bradley a childless widow. The Bradleys had discussed establishing an orphanage in memory of their deceased children. After some study and travel to various institutions, Mrs. Bradley decided instead to found a school where young people could learn how to do practical things to prepare them for living in the modern world. As a first step toward her goal, in 1892 she purchased a controlling interest in Parsons Horological School in LaPorte, Indiana, the first school for watchmakers in America, and moved it to Peoria. She specified in her will that the school should be expanded after her death to include a classical education as well as industrial arts and home economics: " being the first object of this Institution to furnish its students with the means of living an independent, industrious and useful life by the aid of a practical knowledge of the useful arts and sciences." In October 1896 Mrs. Bradley was introduced to Dr. William Rainey Harper, president of the University of Chicago. He soon convinced her to move ahead with her plans and establish the school during her lifetime. Bradley Polytechnic Institute was chartered on November 13, 1896. Mrs. Bradley provided 17.5 acres (71,000 m2) of land, $170,000 for buildings, equipment, and a library, and $30,000 per year for operating expenses. Contracts for Bradley Hall and Horology Hall (now Westlake) were awarded in April and work moved ahead quickly. Fourteen faculty and 150 students began classes in Bradley Hall on October 4�with 500 workers still hammering away. (The Horological Department added another eight faculty and 70 students.) Bradley Polytechnic Institute was formally dedicated on October 8, 1897. Its first graduate, in June 1898, was Cora Unland. Originally, the institute was organized as a four-year academy as well as a two-year college. There was only one other high school in the city of Peoria at the time. By 1899 the institute had expanded to accommodate nearly 500 pupils, and study fields included biology, chemistry, food work, sewing, English, German, French, Latin, Greek, history, manual arts, drawing, mathematics, and physics. By 1920 the institute dropped the academy orientation and adopted a four-year collegial program. Enrollment continued to grow over the coming decades and the name Bradley University was adopted in 1946.

urban, 84 acres (340,000 m2)

Government, public service, and public policy David T. Caldwell � former state district court judge in Jonesboro, Louisiana. Joseph R. Holzapple � United States Air Force four-star general Ray LaHood � U.S. Congressman from Illinois' 18th District and Secretary of Transportation in the Obama Administration Robin Kelly- Democratic U.S. Congresswoman from Illinois' 2nd District Judge Joe Billy McDade � Federal district court judge for the Central District of Illinois (BS '59, MS '60) Robert H. Michel � retired Congressman from Illinois' 18th District and longest serving Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Aaron Schock � Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, represents 18th Congressional District. Nicholas Scoppetta � New York City Fire Commissioner General John M. Shalikashvili � retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO David Brant � former director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Ben Porritt � spokesman in the McCain-Palin campaign during the 2008 United States presidential election Brad Cohen � Motivational speaker and teacher with Tourette's Syndrome Jerald D. Slack � U.S. Air National Guard Major General, Adjutant General of Wisconsin James E. Shadid�District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Tom Fink � Former mayor of Anchorage, Alaska and former Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives. Literature, arts, and media Jack Brickhouse � former radio and TV announcer for the Chicago Cubs Cardon V. Burnham - musical composer, arranger, conductor, & performer Jill Bennett � actress Hal Corley�Published playwright, 5-time Emmy winning TV writer Jack McCarthy (Kayo Mullen) � Anchorman/Reporter WXYZ-TV Detroit, WJBK-TV Detroit, BayNews9 Tampa Philip Jos� Farmer � an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories Neil Flynn � actor on Scrubs and The Middle (TV series) Jerry Hadley � former leading lyric tenor for the New York Metropolitan Opera Chick Hearn � former play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers David Horowitz � consumer advocate Tami Lane � Academy Award winner (makeup, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) Ralph Lawler � TV play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers Charlie Steiner � former host of ESPN's SportsCenter, former radio announcer for the New York Yankees, current announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers Jeff Mauro � television personality on the Food Network Business and science Dr. Lillian Glass � expert in body language, columnist, TV commentator Howard Lance � chairman, president, and chief executive officer at Harris Corporation Major Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. PhD � became the first African American astronaut in 1967 J.J. Liu � software engineer; now one of the top women poker players in the world Timothy L. Mounts � agricultural chemist specializing in edible oilseed George T. Shaheen � former CEO of Siebel Systems, Andersen Consulting, and Webvan Louis Skidmore � Architect and co-founder of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill David Barnett � Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Saint Louis University Stephen E Gorman � Retired COO of Delta Air Lines, Inc. Jerry Hayden - former President of Peacock Engineering Athletics Pat Brady � NCAA Football record holder, professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers Gavin Glinton � professional soccer player for the Nam Dinh FC and Turks and Caicos Islands national football team Hersey Hawkins � professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics, Charlotte Hornets, and Philadelphia 76ers; bronze medalist, 1988 Summer Olympics; all time leading scorer for men's basketball at Bradley Jim Les � professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks; assistant coach for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs; former men's basketball coach at Bradley Marcus Pollard � professional football player for the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks Bobby Joe Mason � professional basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters Gene Melchiorre � basketball player: first overall pick in the 1951 NBA Draft Dennis Morgan � professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles Bryan Namoff � soccer player: defensive starter for Major League Soccer team D.C. United Patrick O'Bryant � professional basketball player drafted ninth overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors He was the first NBA lottery pick to be sent down to the D league. Anthony Parker � professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, and Cleveland Cavaliers Kirby Puckett � was a professional baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Bryan Rekar � was a professional baseball player the Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Kansas City Royals Matt Savoie � figure skater: U.S. bronze medalist, member of 2006 Winter Olympics U.S. team Leo Schrall � Baseball headcoach from 1949 through 1972, who led the Bradley Braves squad to seven titles in the College World Series (two) and the Missouri Valley Conference (five) Brian Shouse � professional baseball player for the Tampa Bay Rays Bill Stone � American football player: former halfback Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears ('51�'54), former Bradley Football head coach Levern Tart � professional basketball player for several American Basketball Association teams David Thirdkill � professional basketball player and a member of the 1985�86 Boston Celtics championship team who also played for the Detroit Pistons and the Phoenix Suns Bill Tuttle � professional baseball player for the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics, and Minnesota Twins Chet Walker � professional basketball player for the Syracuse Nationals, Philadelphia 76ers, and Chicago Bulls Faculty People who did not attend Bradley as a student but were on the Bradley staff or faculty. John R. Brazil � president of Bradley, 1992�2000 Gerald Hills � received the Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award in 2012 and the Babson Lifetime Award in 2011 Ernst Ising � German physicist: developed the Ising model in statistical mechanics David P. Schmitt � Personality psychologist, founder of the International Sexuality Description Project, (1995�present) Kevin Stein � Poet Laureate of Illinois (2003�present) Charles E. Tucker, Jr., Retired U.S. Air Force Major General and Executive Director of the World Engagement Institute Phil Crane � Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 13th district (1969-1973), 12th district (1973-1993), and 8th district (1993-2005) Other Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri � Graduate student, arrested in 2001 and later charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization Matthew F. Hale � Religious leader and convicted criminal

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Undergraduate application fee: $0.00
Graduate application fee: $50.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No