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| Bradley is a good school with potential to be great, but not in the ways that the administration is trying to make the school better. The pro's are a great faculty and good facilities. I have never had an instructor not know a substantial amount about what they were teaching, although a handful of professors have been subpar. Also, the academic buildings and the rec center are very nice, even if not too much to look at from the outside. |
The campus itself has a lot of potential, but I have become disgruntled with the amount of concrete and asphalt there is... the quad could be much better and the campus more suitable to students if there was less parking and driving space interupting the campus feel.
The administration at Bradley is another story... let's just say that the PR that Bradley generates isn't always on par with the campus realities. This past year showed a different side of our new president, who has done a good job of alienating much of the student body by denouncing the Greek community, increasing drinking tickets while crime on campus skyrocketed, and generally showing disregard for students outside of large events. There is a substantial capital campaign in progress, but the priorities seem to be directed away from the desires of the majority of students (new basketball practice facility, but the library and dorms are still mediocre? come on). Peoria isn't the best town to go to for college, but it's not totally dead. It's no contest with Chicago, but it is a decent city. As far as reputation, Bradley's is mostly regional, so if you try to sell an employment opportunity by hinging yourself to the BU name, you won't exactly have companies begging you to work for them. However, Bradley is recognized as a quality school and your degree from BU will carry weight at companies and Graduate schools in the midwest.
|Jul 26 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| Bradley is a good all-around school. The name doesn't carry much weight outside of Illinois, so if your looking to live elsewhere don't expect anyone to know about Bradley. That being said, the education quality is pretty good, classes range in difficulty as well as value. The school is really trying to remake its image. The new President is working really hard to increase Bradley's national exposure, pull students from outside of Illinois, and generally improve the overall quality of the institution. I expect Bradley will be a significantly different school in 5-10 years, due to all of the work happening now. Social life is good, bars are fun. Peoria is a lame city but the nightlife is actually pretty good and the bars are always a good time on the weekends. |
|Apr 07 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| Bradley is a good school, well respected in the area and state. Several of my co-workers are BU alum, as is the CEO of the company whom I work directly with. Had I not been a BU alum, I don't think I would have met him, or be in the position I am in today. The loan payments aren't fun and tuition was expensive. I think the only other school I would have considered with a similar reputation would have been Purdue or UofI. |
| Starting Job: System Administrator, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: A |
|Jan 19 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |