Bradley among best values in private universities

Bradley University is ranked among the top 100 best values in private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The rankings appear in the December issue of the national magazine.

“We are delighted to be recognized as one of the best private universities in the nation for the high-quality educational experience we offer students at an affordable price,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “While no ranking provides a perfect indicator of an institution’s match to students’ educational needs, we are again pleased to be included among a group of our nation’s best private universities. This ranking is further independent evidence that Bradley is becoming an institution of national distinction.”

Bradley is ranked third among private universities in Illinois following the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and 56th in the nation among private universities.

Kiplinger’s bases its rankings on a combination of quality and affordability, considering measures such as the admission rate, test scores of incoming freshmen, and four- and five-year graduation rates. Tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid are additional factors in the rankings. The complete list of the ranking can be found at

Bradley’s total annual cost for tuition and housing is sixth lowest in the survey at $34,574. Students at Bradley receive an average of $12,618 in need-based financial aid. Non-need based aid averages $7,764.