The Bradley Polytechnic Institute was founded by philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897 in memory of her husband Tobias and their six children, all of whom died early and suddenly, leaving Bradley a childless widow. The Bradleys had discussed establishing an orphanage in memory of their deceased children. After some study and travel to various institutions, Mrs. Bradley decided instead to found a school where young people could learn how to do practical things to prepare them for living in the modern world.
As a first step toward her goal, in 1892 she purchased a controlling interest in Parsons Horological School in LaPorte, Indiana, the first school for watchmakers in America, and moved it to Peoria. She specified in her will that the school should be expanded after her death to include a classical education as well as industrial arts and home economics: "...it being the first object of this Institution to furnish its students with the means of living an independent, industrious and useful life by the aid of a practical knowledge of the useful arts and sciences."
Mid-Sized. Big Difference.
When you choose Bradley University, you don't have to choose between the activities and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experiences of a smaller college.
Our size - nearly 6,000 students - gives you the best of both worlds.
Bradley University empowers students for immediate and sustained success in their personal and professional endeavors by combining professional preparation, liberal arts and sciences, and co-curricular experiences. Alongside our dedication to students, we embrace the generation, application, and interpretation of knowledge.
At the heart of Bradley University is a community built upon the valued relationships we find in each other as students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni. At the core of these relationships are the values of student success, knowledge and discovery, inclusiveness and connectivity, and excellence.
We deliver an engaging education that transcends traditional boundaries through scholarly and practical experiences in a diverse, caring, and inclusive environment to prepare purpose-driven leaders who achieve success and build a better world. Bradley University: An investment in the life you want.
Ranking / Awards
Bradley University's 2021 Rankings
Bradley University is ranked #5 in Regional Universities Midwest. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
- #5 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie)
- #3 in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie)
- #11 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)
- Type of Accommodation: On Campus
- 501 W Bradley Ave | Peoria, IL 61625
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