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For the eleventh consecutive year Bradley University is ranked among the top universities in the Midwest in U.S.News & World Report's annual publication America's Best Colleges.
Bradley placed sixth in the rankings again this year and once again is included in the list of Great Schools at Great Prices. The University placed fifth in that listing of universities that offer high quality programs at a more affordable cost.
The business school was ranked 13th in the nation among private universities that do not offer a doctorate. When U.S. News included all the public and private universities that do not offer a doctorate, Bradley ranked 24th. Bradley's undergraduate engineering program was ranked 21st among private schools, and 34th when all public and private universities were included.
Bradley also is among 18 colleges and universities nationwide that are identified as having a stellar internship program. At Bradley students are encouraged to apply what they learn in the classroom in real-world internships, practicums or cooperative education programs.
“We are pleased that national publications continue to recognize Bradley’s excellent living and learning experience," Bradley President Joanne Glasser said. “Bradley students are achieving success in the classroom, in the community and in the job market. We are enhancing our facilities and our academic programs, while building on our traditional strengths in engineering, communications, liberal arts, education and business.
“Prospective students are recognizing the outstanding Bradley Experience, as evidenced by our near record number of freshman students. The U.S. News ranking is further independent confirmation that Bradley is moving toward becoming a university of national distinction.”
The U.S. News rankings are based on a number of factors including faculty resources, student selectivity, retention rate, class size, financial resources and alumni giving. Bradley boasts an 88 percent freshman retention rate, half of the university’s classes have fewer than 20 students, and more than 82 percent of the faculty are full time.
Last month, Bradley received recognition as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review's 2010 edition of "The Best 371 Colleges."