Bradley University Reviews

  • 14 Reviews
  • Peoria (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $37,800
88% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 14 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/13/2023
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health)
"Bradley is a very good school, especially for younger students. It wasn't a good fit for me for several reasons. 1) I'm a non-traditional student and it wasn't geared toward this type of student. 2) It seemed too fast, only because the hard courses were grouped together and some were only 6 weeks long. 3) They do not accept classes from undergrad schools especially for the non-traditional students (because they were taken several years ago). I get that they want to make sure that you are in line to pass graduate level certifications, but when you put a class like statistics in the line up, it's not goof. The last time I had any kind of math classes was back in 1995. I felt like I was prepared to fail, which I wasn't that far off. I did hire a tutor but it was not helping. I could go on and on. I do recommend the program but not so much if you're older like me, 55. So parents looking to send their kids somewhere, it's a very good school. I would put my own kids through if they wanted to attend."
Satisfied Student
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2022
  • Degree: Education Administration
"I am currently a student in the Bradley University Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration. My experience with this program has been positive. I was part of one of the first cohorts in their online doctoral program so I did experience some growing pains. However, I was able to make it through them. Some of their professors are excellent, others need some more experience but again, it was a new program and completely online so I'm not sure if this was their first time teaching in that environment. The coursework was good. Everything tied together nicely. The research courses were a bit difficult as, because of the accelerated pace of the program, there was not much time to really learn a lot about doctoral research. A lot of the learning was done on our own. However, they did provide very clear recorded lectures and discussion board interaction that you can use as a guide. The professors were also accessible and some provided live zoom classes which were not compulsory to attend. The program also had cohorts which was great as we were able to form friendships and help each other. The major con for this program is the cost. It is very expensive and they don't have scholarships. Besides that, I am enjoying being a student there."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"Bradley was a good school with knowledgeable staff. The small class sizes are nice and the teachers take time to get to know you. The engineering building was somewhat outdated, but the are currently in the process of building a new facility. Overall it was a good engineering program."
Male Graduate
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"one of the best universities to study computer sciences"
Jessica Rubens
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Public Relations
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"It was a good school with knowledgeable professors. It is a small/medium sized private university so that you can get more attention from your professors than you might at a larger university. The engineering program was good, but the lab settings could use some updating."
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Proffesors were very good and could be able to learn lot of thinks developing web applications and working with data base real time hospital course....etc"
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2015
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"It was easy to navigate through my program, but I wish some things were communicated through each department better."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Public Relations
"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."
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2015
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Business
"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"
Jacob Pitman
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2013
  • Degree: Engineering
"Bradley University's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department students are sought after by multiple large manufacturing corporations. When attending as an undergrad, I was given every chance to excel and pushed to do my best by my professors. The biggest benefit being the small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with the instructor. Returning as a Graduate student, the small classes tend to hurt the experience more that help due to low enrollment. The department chair pushes more for the business aspect of engineering and less for the technical competence."
Sandeep Uppalapati
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2013
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Pros: 1. Caterpillar sponsors research 2. Experienced professors Cons: 1. High Students to teacher ratio."
Abby Allen
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2012
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Bradley University's location within Peoria is not the greatest, but everything about the program from the faculty to the academic curriculum makes up for this ten-fold!"