Bradley University Reviews
This school was a great place to receive individualized attention from your teachers while exploring who you are and what you should be studying. It was a very close knit campus with a very active Greek life and a plethora of activities to do. Additionally, the school is small which means it only takes 15 minutes to get from one class to another.
It was easy to navigate through my program, but I wish some things were communicated through each department better.
Good size, about 6,000 undergrad. Strong population of Greek Life. No football team, so not a lot of school functions to attend on the weekends. Homecoming is a nonevent. All the parties are held by fraternities, and if you're not in a fraternity as a male student, you most likely will not be allowed to attend. There are house parties for different clubs, speech/debate, and sports houses for soccer and baseball, but yet again, not part of the club you probably won't get invited. Girls can pretty much show up anywhere and get free alcohol. Though I've heard admin has cracked down on parties lately. I could be wrong. Bars are a really cheap cab ride away and lots of bars have free shuttle services to and from campus. Downtown and Farmington Road are the best options. Class sizes are relatively small. Feels like a high school classroom, so if you're looking for stereotypical lecture hall college experience, you'll get that maybe 1 out of every 5 courses. The worst dorm was recently renovated, so you can't really get placed in a bad dorm anymore. There are a few restaurants in the student center, Starbucks, Moe's, Chick-fil-a, and a convenience store. There is a strip shopping center very close with a CVS, a bar, chinese food, italian food, liquor store, nail salon, mexican food, and sushi. Literally across the street from campus. It is called "Campus Town". Very convenient for students without vehicles. The surrounding area is somewhat dangerous, Peoria has a high crime rate, and students often receive BUForewarn texts about armed robberies and muggings on/near campus. The real danger is when you go "down the hill" however. Sort of a projects type community down there. But you have to drive through it to get to the Wal-mart and Target, and most of the chain restaurants (Chili's, Applebees, Texas Roadhouse, etc.) There are other options in West Peoria with a movie theatre and Hibachi grill and Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc. There are two malls. One indoor traditional, one outdoor and higher end. There in an international airport in West Peoria, maybe a 20 min drive from campus. Convenient for out of state students. There is also a bus service that goes to Chicago suburbs, champaign, and a few other places that picks up right on campus and is relatively inexpensive. $30 a ticket maybe. Known for nursing and engineering program. Communications program is really good too. Lots of internship and networking opportunities through professors and advisors.
Bradley is a great private school with a lot to offer. I feel that I took on a lot of school loans that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Please be aware that Bradley is expensive compared to other schools.
Reasonable class sizes made for good learning environment, buildings and housing within close walking proximity, skilled and professional staff. City is not very safe but rarely needed to go off campus