Bradley University is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. It is a medium sized institution, with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 5,200 students, and a graduate enrollment of approximately 900 students. Bradley Polytechnic Institute was begun by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897. It became a four year college in 1920 and a university in 1946.
The university has five colleges; Foster College of Business Administration; Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts; Education and Health Sciences; Engineering and Technology; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- General John Shalikashvili '58, retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Congressman Robert H. Michel '48, retired Congressman and longest serving Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Lillian Glass '74, noted speech pathologist and speech communication author and speaker
- David Horowitz '59, consumer advocate
- Jerry Hadley '74, leading lyric tenor for the New York Lyric Opera
- Tom Wagner '60, retired vice president for customer communication and satisfaction at Ford Motor Co.
- Ray LaHood '71, U.S. Congressman from Illinois' 18th District
- Wendy Ross '64, assistant managing editor for the Washington Post
- Dr. Janet Barry '66, '70, the American Association of School Administrators 1996 National Superintendent of the Year
- The Honorable Joe Billy McDade, '59, '60, United States District Court Federal Judge
- Richard Teerlink '61, retired chairman of Harley-Davidson, Inc
- Matthew F. Hale, white supremacist
- George T. Shaheen, current CEO of Siebel_Systems and former CEO of Andersen Consulting and Webvan