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Princeton Review names Bradley one of “The Best 371 Colleges”

Bradley University is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review which highlighted Bradley's friendly students, athletic facilities and Greek community in its 2010 edition of "The Best 371 Colleges" published this week.

Students surveyed for the Review said Bradley has a small-school atmosphere due to its “intimate class settings” and “devoted professors."  Bradley and its academic programs are united by “passion, tradition and a striving for consistent improvement and excellence.”

The profile also highlighted the new Markin Family Student Recreation Center.  Students complimented the top-notch facility by saying it is "very popular” and the “beauty of the campus.”

The guide also made note of the well-rounded student body and said Bradley provides a “salad bowl” type of environment where “people from all backgrounds get along” and enjoy participating in a wealth of student organizations and activities.

The Review cites Bradley's regional appeal and adds, "… the school presents an opportunity for out-of-staters seeking to attend an excellent university without having to endure the grueling admissions process of many private universities. Above-average students should find that gaining admission here is a relatively painless experience."

Only 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the Guide.  Schools are selected based on institutional data collected, feedback from students, and visits to schools as well as the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents.

"We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the best universities in America by The Princeton Review," said Bradley University President Joanne Glasser.  "Our engaged and passionate faculty, stellar academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities have earned Bradley this well-deserved position of national distinction."

The profiles in "The Best 371 Colleges" rate schools in eight categories, based largely on school-reported data collected during the 2008-09 academic year.  Those categories include admissions selectivity, quality of life, financial aid and a green rating based on criteria concerning environmental policies and practices. The book's rankings are available online at The Bradley section from the book is available in PDF format.

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