Bradley University (BU)

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Bradley University can be found in Peoria, IL, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Around 6,500 students are enrolled at BU.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to this school. A score within the range of 1070 to 1270 on the SAT exam, or 22 to 28 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Bradley University (BU) average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.52 for accepted students. BU accepts roughly 70 percent of applicants per year. Of those that are accepted, about 14 percent registered for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Bradley University (BU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Bradley University was reported as 70.2% in Fall 2020 with over 10,700 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • BU ACT Scores: 22 - 28
  • BU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Bradley University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Bradley University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Bradley University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 69.8%
  • 2017-2018: 71.4%
  • 2018-2019: 66.8%
  • 2019-2020: 70.2%
  • Projected BU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 64.5%

How Does Bradley University (BU) Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for Bradley University is twenty-four percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Illinois Wesleyan University60.8%
Lincoln College66.9%
Knox College68.3%
Western Illinois University56.7%
University of Illinois at Springfield76.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Bradley University (BU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 630
Math530 - 640
Total Score1070 - 1270
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 29
Math22 - 28
Composite Score22 - 28
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