Peoria, IL
Bradley University


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Recent Reviews

kyle
What is your overall opinion of this school?

the one thing that i would change would be the lack of things to do here. on a friday or saturday nite the only thing to do ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

the one thing that i would change would be the lack of things to do here. on a friday or saturday nite the only thing to do is go to parties. i would make it so that ppl could go bowling, or have more "other" activities. having the movie for only a dollar is a good start, but there needs to be more.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

yes, the only thing that there is to really do is go to parties

Jody
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think it should be expected that with a college, espically since there are a lot of incoming students each year who are get...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think it should be expected that with a college, espically since there are a lot of incoming students each year who are getting their first taste of freedom, there are going to be many students staying up late. However, the school nor surrounding businesses accomodate for that. With staying up late comes the midnight munchies, and there are very few places that are open passed 12:00, which means there are grumbling bellies all over campus that have to wait till morning (the sun comes up) before they can feed their hunger. I would put at least one kitchen in every dorm hall.

Describe the students at your school.

Someone who is antisocial might have a challenge adjusting to the university. I found that when I came, I was concerned about how trusting I could be of people. But I 've adjusted quite well and simply. It is amazing to me just how much stuff was happening on campus. There was no end to it.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I AM ABSOLUTLY IN LOVE WITH BRADLEY!!!!

What are the academics like at your school?

My favorite class by far was british writers. It was in the afternoon so I could get a nap in before class. The teacher was very entertaining and above all the sotries that we were required to read were of a variety that made reading them not so bad. A lot of people don't know how to study coming into college, so to start off the year I don't think there is too much studying going on. But by the end of the semester on second semester I saw a change in people to start studying more. The library was quite the hotspot during that period of a crunch time.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

$1 movies are amazing. Leaving your dorm door open is not odd at all. People walked into the room my freshman year which was uncomforting for the first five minutes but I definitly now can see how much I appreciate it. Nerf Commandos is pretty crazy but none the less awesome. 2am on a tuesday I was up playing video games with the people on my floor. I'm not a drinker. I think drinking limits what you can do on a saturday, because while you're hiding from the cops because you're intoxicated, I'm out enjoying myself. Again $1 movis rock. Going out bowling is always fun. Ghost in the graveyard with about 15 other people when its dark out (provided you have boundaries) is unbeatable. You can play beer pong without alchol. Apples to Apples is great with people you don't really know because its fun. Video games are undisputed fun whether you say you like them or not.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Lots of rich, stuck up, vain, and sheltered people.

Reese
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a small school, so try to make more friends than enemies. The worst thing is how they nickel and dime you for everythin...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a small school, so try to make more friends than enemies. The worst thing is how they nickel and dime you for everything. Any little service will cost you. (A replacement student ID is $20). The student body is by and large interested in Jesus and drinking, so if you don't share those interests, maybe try another school. of course, there are always exceptions.

Describe the students at your school.

heavily white, and heavily segregated. most students don't dress pretentiously or sloppily, just an average somewhere in the middle. Most BU students are from the suburbs of Chicago, but there are a handful of small town or out of state students.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

While many of the students are from the suburbs and of a Caucasion background, this generalization is simply not an accurate representation of the student body as a whole, which has proven to be diverse and interesting.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors know you by name, generally due to the small class size. Participation ensures a solid grade. The education is more geared toward getting a job - I'm a senior and I don't feel I'm nearly prepared enough for a career in my major.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Fraternities and sororities are not necessary to join in order to have a social life, but it definitely helps. it turns the volume up in every way. Parties, whether thrown by greeks or non-greeks, happen almost every weekend. You don't even have to know the right people - mostly you just have to know one person who can hook you up, which isn't hard to find. Another popular social event is going to Bradley basketball games downtown. They're cheap, and transportation is free.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They are stereotyped as rich and spoiled suburban white kids, especially by the locals.

Carolyn
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing: great fit for anyone Size: just right, not too big, not to small Love the basketball games I get nothing but g...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing: great fit for anyone Size: just right, not too big, not to small Love the basketball games I get nothing but good responces when I tell people I attend Bradley Frequent Student complaints: Task Force

Describe the students at your school.

lots of diversity, mainly just normal average kids

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I transfered here from a school in Florida and I felt welcome the minute I stepped on campus for a tour. It's a great place to be and it's the best decision I've made so far.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

the positive ones yes, negative ones a smidge

What are the academics like at your school?

I love my Finance professors, lots of competitiveness to get good grades, geared towards getting a job

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

leave doors open, great parties! the dating scene is awesome, I met my boyfriend through a friend and he's in a fraternity, so it's a significant part of life here. not everyone is associated with fraternities/sororities and you can still have a great time without them

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Down to earth, Frat boys and Sorority Girls, overall very nice

David
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

All those stereotypes are inaccurate. Bradley has a wide variety of students coming from different backgrounds and different ...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

All those stereotypes are inaccurate. Bradley has a wide variety of students coming from different backgrounds and different socioeconomical statuses. And no not all Greek members live in ANIMAL HOUSE. Last year the greek community raised over $50,000 and performed over 500 hours of community service.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

About 5 years ago Bradley University had a great social life with something fun to do everynight that ranked among the best party schools in the midwest, but times have drastically changed. Now adays people are scared to party because there is a newly enforced comprehensive alcohol plan that charges $450 for a drinking ticket with the possiblity of suspension and eviction from fraternity houses. The biggest downer of the social life is the "Task Force." The task force is a group of undercover state police that come to our parties to write underage people expensive tickets for consumption of alcohol. I truly believe with these new rules the social aspect of BU will totally be destroyed and enrollment with severly be affected.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone that attends Bradley is of the upper middle class and has lots of money. People believe that all students are from Illinois and are engineers. Almost all outsiders of the greek community believe fraternity and sorority members are just dumb alcoholics that don't study and just party all the time

Vanessa
Describe the students at your school.

Most people seem to be middle and upper middle class, there are a few really wealthy families. Everyone is really friendly an...

Describe the students at your school.

Most people seem to be middle and upper middle class, there are a few really wealthy families. Everyone is really friendly and nice. It definitley has a small school feel. Its predominantly white so if your a student of color and you want diversity in your campus; DON'T come here. But I'm a student of color and even though at times I'm the only one in my class who isn't white, I barely notice it. It bothers some people more than others. But then again I went to school in the white suburbs.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes, but if people wanna get involved and they definitely can. And people can avoid cliques if they put the effort, BU even though its not a huge school ar 6,000 u can avoid people easily, and meet new people too.

What are the academics like at your school?

Teachers will push you most of the time and care about their students. For the most part they expect a lot from you and want to see you succeed. But yeah... but like anything else there are exceptions...

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

If your not greek its harder to get involved. But its still very possible.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

It's kind of a party school disguised as an academics school. Most students are middle class and upper middle class. Large greek community, and theres a lot of cliques. A lot of students are very apathetic towards what's going on around them.

Cody
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley is just right. Your professors get to know you by name and they can then begin to personalize the classroom experienc...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley is just right. Your professors get to know you by name and they can then begin to personalize the classroom experience.

What are the academics like at your school?

I really like the Communications department because all of the professors I've studied under have had a wealth of knowledge and experience with all of the software applications we've used.

Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The size is perfect, you can get to class in a few minutes across campus without taking a bus, the class sizes are perfect on...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The size is perfect, you can get to class in a few minutes across campus without taking a bus, the class sizes are perfect once you get into classes specialized for your major and it is not all taught by a TA or a a foreign professor that you cannot understand.

Describe the students at your school.

In general Bradley is made up of Caucasian students, but everyone is accepted and everyones beliefs are accepted equally. To class we wear pj's, sweats or jeans and a hoodie on most days making it really easy to get ready for class.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No, not everyone chooses to join a greek house and there are many other non-greek organizations and activities. Also, there is not a certain "type" of person for each fraternity/sorority, nor a certain "type" of person that joins.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors know your name and remember you, I have even had the same professor multiple times within my major allowing us to also develop a friendship. Most of the major classes get right to the point of your subject except for a few education classes. The gen eds are more pointless and taught in a lecture hall.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greek life is very popular at bradley, it allows a chance to get involved and do fun things while meeting many new people. Even just going through recruitment you make new friends. Being in a fraternity/sorority you get to participate in social events, dances, intermurals, bonding activities, movie nights, philanthropy events and more. In the dorms everyone leaves their door open and you wander from room to room meeting new people. The R.A's really encourage socialization and plan activities for each floor to do together to get to know each other more.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone "goes greek", frats and drinking, sorority sterotypes about the types of girls in each house

Brittany
What is your overall opinion of this school?

good size, not too far of a walk to class... fairly cheap apartments/houses for rent. not the best neighborhood, would not...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

good size, not too far of a walk to class... fairly cheap apartments/houses for rent. not the best neighborhood, would not walk alone at night ever. Fong is a cool townie, but most townies are scary and creepy... and i have LIVED in peoria for over 10 years. there is not a lot to do around campus... a few restaurants, but all bars besides gorman's are at least 1 mile away... again not exactly safe to walk to and from them. oh and just b/c there were a few alcohol-related deaths on campus does not mean that we are a super party school... bradley parties actually suck unless you make them fun.

Describe the students at your school.

unfortunately, there is a sort of segregated feel to bradley... i have black friends but in general you don't see a lot of racial mix... and the indians always keep to themselves. most kids wear casual stuff... very few ppl dress up... sweats are common... t-shirts... almost all kids are from chicago SUBURBS or st. louis.... lots of cubs and cards fans (i'm a sox fan) not a whole lot of politics... in my experience, most people are rather conservative, but i am a super liberal... and there are recycling bins in almost every building that students take to the recycling centers...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

lots of ppl at bradley do have money, but ppl go to class in PJ's, they don't wear brand names like gucci or anything. t-shirts and jeans are the norm.

What are the academics like at your school?

bio classes are hard... chemistry dep't needs better teachers. some classes are mis-labeled... i took soc 300 "Ppl and Cultures of the NonWestern World" and all we talked about were musical styles of tiny underdeveloped villages in Africa.... not what the name leads you to think of... it is competitive... class participation is decent... some professors very helpful... Dr. Craig Cady is the best teacher at Bradley... a total genius, a great teacher, and someone who will sacrifice his time to help you understand anything... personally, i would consider him a friend.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

feels pretty safe in the dorms... doors left open if they are there... some ppl don't lock up, i've only heard of one theft incident... campus is small, and the greek system makes the dating scene pretty small... i am a GDI but i've been w/ frat guys and friends with sorority girls, and they all have dated each other... it's kinda gross... parties are OK... get busted fairly often... the bradley police are usually cool, but the task force is a ridiculous waste of tax money... off campus... downtown has bars, dance clubs... there's a nice park (laura bradley park), and when it snows there is a great hill to sled on behind it.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

that we are all rich. that is bull, and i hate that b/c i have very little money, my family is not rich at all. i don't have to pay tuition b/c i got the presidential scholarship and IL grants paid for the rest, proving how much money my family does NOT have. we are not all snobs, we are not all catholics, and we are not all comm and business majors.

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