Peoria, IL
Bradley University


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Heather
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, Bradley is a very good school to go to. It offers well-versed instructors and classes for the best learning environm...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, Bradley is a very good school to go to. It offers well-versed instructors and classes for the best learning environment. Bradley is centered in Peoria, which is a city in central Illinois. Peoria may be a large city for the region but it has a small town feel. I transferred from a public state 4 year university to Bradley and the amount of information I learn greatly increased. The education offered is one of the highest possible. Bradley students take great pride in their athletic teams. When there are some tragedies on campus, as in student deaths, the community of staff and students come together to support each other. It is one of the best universities in the Midwest.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is diverse. There are a good amount of international students on campus. Most students hold a part time job to help pay for college expenses. There isn't the typical cliques as you would find in high school. Some of your closest friends will be from the dorms that you live in as well as those from your classes. There are many school-wide events that allow for you to meet new people.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors become your friends as well as instructors. They truly care about you as students and your successes. They are always available for more help as well as counselling. Personally, I am in advanced nursing classes and I spend most of my free time studying. Bradley is a very studious school. Most days, the library is packed with students hiding away to study for their classes. The education that I have received thus far from Bradley, has prepared me for my future career as a RN. I work as a CNA now and the theories and skills I have learned at Bradley have helped me tremendously for my job. I do not feel as though I lack in education.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Many students are Greek. Many are in their major's organization to help them with their careers. Many athletic events are sold out, so its always a blast to be with your fellow students to cheer on your school. Homecoming Week is a blast with a school-wide event each day. Movies, bowling, shopping, hanging out, playing games are all things that can be done on a Saturday night that doesn't involve drinking.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

studious, partiers, Greek, athletes

stephen
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley is for people who do not want to go to a huge school and have to walk and take the bus everywhere to get to class. I...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley is for people who do not want to go to a huge school and have to walk and take the bus everywhere to get to class. It is also not a very small school either and will meet people from all over. It is awesome just waiting up 10 minutes before class and walking to class without being late. College town is not the best, not much to do around. Campus itself is changing a lot with a new president and it will be amazing.

Describe the students at your school.

Student body is not very cultured. Has gotten way better than before, but still not multi cultured body. Needs more work on getting other racial groups involved and attending than just focusing on African Americans. Asians and Latinos are very underrepresented and I feel are viewed lower. Most students come from the area or Chicago area. Some international students or out of staters.

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

Decent school, not the best. Will be different environment if coming from a diverse city.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No, I would not be at this school without financial aid so again, its only a stereotype.

What are the academics like at your school?

Class size is like high school, only some classes are large. Once you get into higher level classes, class size gets smaller. Because class is smaller, some professors have attendance as part of grade which most big schools do not even care if you do not show up. Professors are nice and most are good, not all. Biology department is pretty good. So is history. Hear math and physics department is terrible though. Students in your major start to become competitive, at least for science majors, during sophomore year.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Not much to do on campus if you do not go Greek. Greek life seems to have more fun and more privilege. Intramurals are good, organizations are easy to start. Parties have to be careful because we have task force that visits once in a while. Dorm life is loud like always. Lot of events for Greek life. Lots of music on campus, small music artists.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

People think Bradley is a school for rich kids because it is an expensive private school.

Blake
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley's main positives is that it is a small private school with a Division I atmosphere. It could be a little larger, but ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley's main positives is that it is a small private school with a Division I atmosphere. It could be a little larger, but the teacher - student interaction is good and helps with the classes and professors are typically very accessible. Being a division I school, it does have a couple good sports teams that are fun to follow. The town is not much a of a big college town. However, the fraternities and sororities are fun, and when your 21 there are plenty of places to go. Greek Life is a big thing on Bradley's campus and makes life more enjoyable. Bradley is typically noted as one of the best schools in the midwest.

Describe the students at your school.

Bradley is predominantly white. There are small mixes of other minorities. Since it is a private school, you can expect a good deal of richer kids. Being a smaller school, you typically know many faces unlike other universities. Most people inside a certain major are often to see these people often, making group projects and other interactions easier.

What are the academics like at your school?

Bradley has a very competitive atmosphere. The Business College is very good and has a lot of very good professors. The sciences, maths, and engineering schools are difficult. The teacher - student interaction is top notch and the professors are readily approachable if you need anything. Professors are required to have 3-6 hours of office hours so that professors can get in touch with them.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Social Life is good on campus. Dorms Rooms are always open. Bradley provides students with many different options for activities. Many different groups are on campus. The Greek Life is one of the biggest things at Bradley. There are 14 male social fraternities and 7 female social sororities. Greek Life makes up 25-33% of the student body. Parties are typically pretty easy. There are some things to do in the area such as professional hockey and baseball games, as well as ice skating, bowling, mini golfing, and many other things.

Andrew
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the population size is perfect. There is enought people to meet someone new everyday but not too many that you get o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the population size is perfect. There is enought people to meet someone new everyday but not too many that you get overwelmed. Peoria does have a lot to offer; however, you may need a ride to get to some event or other location. In my opinion, the worst thing at bradley is the foreign teachers at bradley. It can be extremely hard at times to interperate what they are saying. The math and engineering departments are like this. The best part of Bradley is the Greek life and opportunities. Greek life provides social and professional opportunites. One of my fellow brothers has a summer internship in chicago through one of our alumni.

Describe the students at your school.

Bradley's student body is multicultural. About 80% of the student body is from the Chicago Land area.

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

Right now the Bradley administration is trying to abolish alcohol misuse and abuse (the underage drinking). Honestly, you cannot stop the underage drinking. If people want to drink, they will. Bradley implemented and extra fine with extra consequences if you receive drinking tickets at school. The only deterant that Bradley has is monitary fine since students usually don't have a lot of money to start with.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. Sure we drink alcohol, but we also participate in multiple philanthropic events and activites that benefit various charity organizations.

What are the academics like at your school?

Study and Study hard. No matter how easy people tell you your major is. Classes are not like high school. The teacher will teach the concept and then you have to put in the extra hours outside of class to really understand what you are doing. Helpful hint If you are planning on taking micro/macro economics, or Calculus I/II/III or Differential Equations, take them at your local community college and transfer that credit in.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Join a fraternity. Once you do that, plan on playing intermurals, going to movies, playing games, attending campus events and yes attending some parties.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They are just drunken kids that do not care.

Ann
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley is the perfect size but it is in a pretty bad area. Peoria smells like yeast and is also becoming more and more ghett...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bradley is the perfect size but it is in a pretty bad area. Peoria smells like yeast and is also becoming more and more ghetto and dangerous. The campus itself is really safe though and it is so great to be able to roll out of bed and walk across the street to class in five minutes. Everything you need is on campus so there's no need to really go off campus anyway, but it can be dangerous. The dorms are really fun and pretty small so you get a great sense of a small community around you and get to know people well. The quad is beautiful and is a big hang out place when its warm and it is being expanded this summer and will be huge. Center court is a little cafeteria/ grocery store place that everyone hangs out at and thats fun. Most people I know haven't heard of Bradley because its a small private school and I'm from MN but ppl in Illinois have and they think pretty highly of it it seems like. The biggest recent controversy is the alcohol consumption on campus because we had two alcohol related deaths this year on campus. We have a new president this year and she recently came out with a 36 pg proposal of drinking rules and regulations that affect everyone and ppl were kind of pissed but its not really changing anything. But maybe in the future it might be... Greek life is also kind of threatened by the new proposal so hopefully it wont be too bad bc Greeks have all the parties. Overall everyone at Bradley loves it.. there are no real serious complaints except the location and everyone has a good time.

Describe the students at your school.

Bradley is a really mixed campus racially. No one really goes out of their way to dress up for class.. sweats and jeans and t-shirts.. I dont think anyone would really feel out of place at Bradley-- there are people from the city and then there are farmers and ppl from suburbs and out of state and everywhere. There is a huge greek life on campus and that is really fun. I would reccommend rushing to anyone who is at Bradley because its worth it. I'm in a sorority and its really fun- great networking and meeting people. Right off the bat you have over 100 friends when you join a house. Bradley can be pretty conservative compared to most private schools. Its kind of annoying but a lot of ppl (like me) do fine and I'm pretty liberal. There are a lot of student groups and people are pretty politically active and active in other ways too. They do a lot of community service and volunteerism. It gets kind of clicky but it does everywhere. For the most part people are nice to everyone and branch out well.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not all of them-- a lot of kids at Bradley are very middle class and not overly concerned with being stuck up or any kind of money. Bradley is a very affordable private school. It is also growing in the ranks and is becoming much tougher academically so it is completely untrue about not being as smart. It is just more affordable. Greek life is a huge part of Bradley's campus though, over 30% of the students are Greek.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes are pretty small-- even lectures are barely 100 kids and professors do know your name even in those. They are pretty flexible and have a lot of office hours for your convenience and will set up any time you need extra to meet with them. Bradley also pays for two and a half hours of tudoring for anyone who wants it on campus every week so thats really nice. The library is kind of old and sucky but everyone studies there-- no one checks out books from there though. Not that anyone checks out books these days anyway. Classes can range from pretty tough to pretty easy it really depends on your major. Engineering is what bradley is known for and thats really really really tough. But education is one of the easiest majors on campus. The nursing school is pretty good too. DO NOT TAKE MATH AT BRADLEY! there are only a few english speaking teachers on campus and chances are you will not get them. it is impossible. I'm in the health science program with a minor in marketing and i love it. The science teachers are really good at Bradley. Classes are definately hard but the teaching staff is very good.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

GREEK! Go greek its really fun. Im also in an organization called Fellows where you get a scholarship for four years to volunteer and attend weekly meetings. Thats really fun too. There's a million things and groups to join on campus. You can pretty much find a party any night of the week except when task force is out. They're this annoying group of cops who come and bust parties but everyone knows when they're coming so its no big deal. There's not a lot off campus if you dont have a car and it gets expensive driving around but on campus theres a lot. They have a movie theater and different events. Next year they'll have more stuff since they are trying to curb drinking.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-Stuck up -Not as smart as other kids -Really big Greek life

Audrey
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

somewhat...we have some really bright students, some average people, and some idiots...kinda like most schools. Everyone is...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

somewhat...we have some really bright students, some average people, and some idiots...kinda like most schools. Everyone is involved with something and most people are involved with more than one activity/club/organization Most people come from a background with some money, but I know some people that wouldn't be classified in that category

Taylor
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I suggest getting involved. With a small school and an even smaller campus, it is easy to find new people, especially when y...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I suggest getting involved. With a small school and an even smaller campus, it is easy to find new people, especially when you begin your freshmen year. With a lot of the construction some students may be discouraged with the lack of athletic facilities, but with some effort you can obtain a membership to a gym off campus provided by the school. Our school has recently obtained a new President, she has made a point to address underage drinking at our campus, and enforces the $375 city fine + $50 university fine for anyone caught underage drunk (zero tolerance). What I absolutely love about Bradley University is the Greek Life, i capitalized it because I believe it is amazing. Their are 14 fraternities and 7 sororities on our campus and each house has their own type of people. With an average fraternity around 40 members it is easy to get to know your brothers, and I believe makes your college life so much better. Also the girls at Bradley are hot, not to be a perve.

Describe the students at your school.

Their are many religious groups you can join there is a Hillel and a large Neumann center, which is very nice inside and a great place to relax if you are Catholic, connected to the Neumann center is a catholic church with a very good priest, I like to attend often, sometimes they offer free food. Their is a Christian fraternity/ sorority and many ethnic groups. It doesn't really matter if your parents are middle or lower class, because almost every college kid is poor. Bradley offers quick cash, which you can use at many stores for a variety of items. I don't feel like there is any norms in the cafeteria, as students eat whenever they feel like it. Bradley offers a variety of jobs on campus and off campus through job fairs, if anyone is strapped for cash.

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

Watch out for task force, they are undercover cops that pose as students to break into houses and stop parties, they will ticket everyone and I doubt you have $400 to give to the city (willingly). Our new alcohol policy is very strict so watch out, you can check it out at Bradley.edu The greek life is award winning and AMAZING. I won't say which house I am in but I highly recomend especially for men to go through rush, its informal and you will get loads of fun from going greek. Bradley is a non hazing school so don't let movie sterotypes detour you

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Most students come from either St. Louis suburbs, or Chicago suburbs, and with the cost to attend Bradley Yes most do come from wealthy families, but there are many poor students that come from Chicago. Bradley students are not so preppy only a few, and you probably won't talk to them. I do believe Bradley students do well, the drop out rate is low and Bradley is well known for their department majors. Statistically Greeks don't binge drink more than the average college student, it just so happens the media attraction is to them and not to unaffiliated students.

What are the academics like at your school?

I am in the Foster business of college studying Business management and administration. I think the classes are fun and there are good teachers. There are also bad teachers at Bradley but hopefully you can stay astray from them while attending Bradley. I have noticed from a number of professors that they really care about how well you do and understand their class, they will help you out of class if you have a problem. Bradley also offers free tutoring for almost every subject. I have noticed that many of the classes are getting hard at Bradley but you can expect that of any university at the higher level of classes. I have noticed that their are some classes you can take as gen ed's to get your gpa high. Ete 115 and ART 131 are the two easiest classes I think Bradley offers.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Get involved on campus many groups are fun, the ones ive heard of are: ACBU- they are in charge of what entertainment comes to campus, if you want to get a particular type of band or comedian, get involved and get some good acts at campus, this year Jack's mannequin and several funny comedians came to campus. Habitat for Humanity- they build houses as charity, many construction/engineers join this. C.E.O- a business group which is FREE, they have small business on campus to make a profit, and work with you to enter business plan competitions in which you can win a lot of money, they also take you to Chicago McCormick place for the annual CEO conference where you stay in a 5star hotel for two nights and talk to successful CEO's and its all paid for by the school! Phi Chi Theta/ your majors' honers fraternity. They are helpful for finding a job Greek life- its award winning and I highly suggest it. Most events are off campus so be careful as Peoria is a bad area, parties will either be at a fraternity house or an off campus house. Parties are fun but usually they are not huge like in some movies (bradley student size is small) For people over 21 (bars do card hard) their are many bars students go to that are loads of drunken fun. If going to bars get a DD or cab, Bradley doesn't offer a ride system. Many people get tired of the dorm life and move off campus, their are nice university owned apartments and many off campus student housing available your junior year, unless you go Greek and move out of dorms sooner.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Bradley Students come from wealthy suburbs, Bradley students are preppy, Bradley students excel well in their classes. The greek life drinks a lot.

Ainsley
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Peoria is an awful city, but that's the biggest complaint. There isn't much to do off campus, even if you do have a car (whic...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Peoria is an awful city, but that's the biggest complaint. There isn't much to do off campus, even if you do have a car (which you can't have on campus until you're a junior). People are nice. My major, graphic design, is a small department but I'm learning alot and the people are friendly. Pretty apathetic towards sports, so dont go expecting a huge homecoming game with cheerleaders and the works.

Describe the students at your school.

Diverse. Mostly white, but there are minorities. Smallest minority group would probably be asians.

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

It's an okay school. I'm not a very social person, I don't listen to top 40 music, and I don't drink, so I feel a little alienated, but I do still have friends within my major. If you really want a competative, ivy league, "classic" college experience, you won't find it here. But if you're just looking for a place to get your 4 years out that has a good reputation and a wonderful staff, you've found the place for you.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Somewhat. We are generally apathetic politically, and there are parties, but you don't need to go to them to be content on campus.

What are the academics like at your school?

The classes are small for the most part, excluding intro level classes. For intro classes, expect lectures or small classes taught by TAs (dont listen to the info guides they give you, you WILL have classes taught by grad students.) Not very competative. Most professors are awesome, I haven't had a single awful professor yet. Biggest major is engineering. I'm in the honors program, which I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a deeper college experience. It takes work, but its worth it, and you get the best professors (Dr. Fuller is the best!)

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I'm in the student radio as a broadcaster. Not too many students listen to the radio, but its fun. My floor doesn't leave our doors open, but alot of floors do. There are events to go to outside of classes which are really fun, but you need to search for them. Sometimes they're hard to find.

Aaron
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The biggest thing that Bradley pushes in its admissions department is the school's size, and for good reason. It isn't the ti...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The biggest thing that Bradley pushes in its admissions department is the school's size, and for good reason. It isn't the tiny, liberal arts school that you'll usually find and it's not a gigantic public university where you get lost in the shuffle of everyone else. Classes are typically small in size so you get a lot of attention from professors. The student population is large enough where you don't feel like you know everybody, but small enough where you can walk from class to class and say hi to at least one person you know. Peoria is certainly not a college town, but Bradley still gives it a college feeling with Gorman's across the street in Campustown and the bars on Farmington Road. People (especially freshman and sophomores) regularly refer to the campus as the "Bradley Bubble" because sometimes it seems like you never get off of it to do other things around the city. It can be seclusive at times.

Describe the students at your school.

Bradley is mostly white, upper middle-class kids. As I said earlier, it seems like almost everyone is from the Chicago area. I would classify Bradley as a fairly conservative school, but I though a lot of students considered themselves to be liberals. However, I think most of them said that just because they have a disdain for the Bush administration. I swear to God, every black kid knew every other black kid on campus.

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

I think the best part about Bradley is its size and location. There aren't many mid-sized, non-denominational, liberal arts schools in a good, mid-sized city. I think that's what sets Bradley apart from other places and is what drew me to it.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There are a lot of people from the Chicago area, but I wouldn't necessarily classify them as preppy rich kids. I came from a small town in southern Illinois, and I have a lot of friends who aren't from the Chicago area. Bradley students are EXTREMELY apathetic toward almost everything. If they aren't directly getting something from it, they likely won't do it, and usually won't do something unless they have to. For whatever reason, there isn't a lot of emphasis on wanted to make a change with our culture or take a stance on some sort of idea. I'd classify the student body in that regard as a bunch of followers instead of instigators.

What are the academics like at your school?

As a journalism major, I had some problems with my curriculum because it (and other majors in the department) is technically a communications major with a concentration in journalism (or related field). That meant I took a lot of classes that weren't necessarily specific to journalism, which at time felt like a wast of time. Because class sizes were so small (especially classes in my major) most of my professors knew me by name, which was nice. I did not "study" that much, but I did have to work on a lot of projects, papers and story assignments outside of class.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I was involved with the student newspaper, so I made most of my friends through that and through my freshman dorm. I think a lot of the people stay friends with the people they live on the same floor as as freshman. Parties go on almost every night from Thursday through Saturday, but the school cracked down the last two years on parties hosted by fraternities. It seems like if you're not in a frat or sorority, you have to know somebody who is to get into a good party. But there are still lots of good off-campus parties to go to. Organizations bring in a lot of guest speakers, but not many are well attended, except for the Robison Lectures hosted by the Communications Department. Basketball games are by far the biggest events on campus. The biggest games of the year will have close to 1,500 students in attendance. I'd say about 1,000 go on average.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Preppy rich kids, mostly from the Chicago area; apathetic toward cultural issues (and basically everything else too); greeks run the school

Justin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'll start by saying that I love my school. We're big enough that someone can get lost in it, and small enough to always kno...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'll start by saying that I love my school. We're big enough that someone can get lost in it, and small enough to always know someone wherever you go. It's a nice mix. Classes are decently sized, and most of the teachers really care about what happens to you. In fact, all but maybe two of my professors knew my name in the first month. Peoria... some may say it gets boring, but with the right group of friends, one just has to know where to look. The administration is more helpful than I'm used to, and they really want to know your feedback, although there's an occasion that they run the school more like a business to make money rather than an institution. Really, the best I can say is the people I've met here, both staff and friends.

Describe the students at your school.

Bradley's a mix of students. From people in farms in the middle of nowhere, iowa, to guys from the inner city, we have tiny bits of everyone. However, the vast majority are from somewhere, IL. Seems to always be some suburb of chicago. Poliltically, the more outspoken are left wing, but there is a fair share of right-winged people as well, and the real composition is probably more evenly split than one would thing.

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

One thing I never liked with Bradley: the internet isn't so hot. Web browsing and such... just fine, but file downloads and gaming are simply kaput. If you play WoW, that seems to work, but any other multiplayers lag so bad it's hard to play. Find friends to play on a LAN, other than that you're going to have to deal with it for two years if you're a gamer.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For the most part, no. We're not obnoxiously rich or anything, in fact, a good chunk of us are on loans or a scholarship.

What are the academics like at your school?

Class sizes are smallish (30 people), most professors actually care, and there's plenty of resources at your disposal. Don't expect to glide like so many expect to. I didn't work much in high school at all, just kinda coasted. I'm lucky that I was bracing myself for college, because the slap in the face was harsh, and I knew many people that weren't as fortunate. You wanna be here, you gotta earn it in certain degrees. Don't be discouraged though, that's a common thing for most colleges. Just prepare for it.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

By far, the most popular organizations on campus are greek. Our school is very greek, from the parties to philanthropies on campus. However, just because you're not greek doesn't mean you can't have fun. I wasn't greek my entire freshman year, and did just fine. One thing that is nice about bradley: I wasn't a drinker until I turned 21, and got next to no pressure to do so. People in general are very accepting of one another, and supportive.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

we're rich, private schooled, etc? Honestly, I haven't heard a lot about Bradley, my hometown barely knows this school.

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