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Bradley University



Lydia Moss Bradley brought a horology (watch-making) school to Peoria and expanded its offerings to include classics, industrial arts and home economics. Since opening as Bradley Polytechnic Institute in 1897, Bradley University has sought to reflect Mrs. Bradley’s desire to develop well-rounded, productive citizens.


Bradley offers more than 185 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology.


The Center for Research and Service serves as a vehicle to stimulate, initiate, and coordinate the research and service activities of the faculty in the College of Education and Health Sciences (EHS) in education, counseling, family and consumer sciences, nursing, and physical therapy. There are small discretionary research and service grants available through the Center for Research and Service.


Student services

Student Support Services is designed to offer guidance to students in times of need.  Our mission is to provide personal attention and resources to students as they work to achieve their academic and personal goals. The Center serves as a major link between academic and Student Affairs striving to improve student retention through positive communication and relationships with students, faculty, staff and families.  We will help students find the necessary information or resources so they may have a personally rewarding education at Bradley University.

Housing services

Geisert sits atop the Hilltop's peak, making its top floor one of the tallest points in the Peoria area. Geisert houses a mix of first-year and upperclass students.

Harper, a seven-story dorm, also overlooks Bradley's front entrance. It houses a mix of first-year and upperclass students.

Heitz is home to Bradley's Global Living Learning Community, which brings together students interested in exploring other cultures through international experiences, career interests and campus activities.

University, a five-story dorm, hosts Bradley's student-run Hilltop Studios and hosts entertainment throughout the year in Lydia's Lounge.

Library services

The library plays a central role in your education and we are here to help you learn to do research, find information, navigate the Web efficiently, and evaluate information you find. The Cullom-Davis Library offers resources in many formats and we are continually working to enhance our holdings.

ICT services

Bradley University offers wireless internet access to university students, faculty, staff, and guests in many locations on campus. Student housing (dorms) utilize wired connections.

Medical services

Bradley Health Services exists to provide primary health care for Bradley students. All continuing students are eligible to use the health services on a year-round basis so long as they remain enrolled at the Institution and pay the health fee.

Student Life

Campus life

Whether its a snack in Michel Student Center, a concert at Renaissance Coliseum, games with friends at Late Night BU, multicultural activities or a student organization service project, Bradley University’s campus is always busy with fun activities.

Sports facilities

The Markin Family Student Recreation Center features a swimming pool, indoor track, basketball courts, rock climbing wall, fitness classes, racquetball and more. Intramurals, club sports and fitness classes are available throughout the year.

Student clubs

Student Activities Office provides a variety of services to student organizations and the campus community including program planning, leadership and organizational development, contracts and negotiation, posting validation, publicity and promotion development, talent acquisition and financial management.


Bradley University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Peoria, Illinois, United States

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