Best School

Bradley University Ever since founder Lydia Moss Bradley brought a watch-making school to Peoria in the late 1800s, Bradley University has been a pillar of the Peoria community. In addition to more than 185 academic programs, Bradley offers 240 student organizations—including the nation’s most successful speech team—as well as unique, experiential learning experiences like internships and study abroad programs. The university is recognized nationally by the likes of The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek, and closer to home, it engages its students in the community through volunteerism and a range of other partnerships.

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