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Bradley University

Bradley University is also featured in our ranking 50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree.

Investigating Legal Procedures at Bradley

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences confers the Criminal Justice Studies B.A./B.S. with 87 percent retention of Bradley University freshmen seeking better cognizance of the law and ways agencies apprehend wrongdoers. Directed by Dr. Christopher Williams, the 48-credit major emphasizes ethics during the multidisciplinary study of how and why people break rules. Each Peoria course, such as The Sociological Perspective, Police Organization, Deviance Theory, Judicial Politics, and Computer Forensics has a small 12:1 student-professor ratio. Seniors can benefit from optional 15-week internship placements like the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Cook County Sheriff's Office, Winnetka Police Department, Peoria County 10th Judicial Circuit, and Taylorville Correctional Center. Other opportunities include running for Student Senate, joining Human Rights Club, traveling to Amsterdam, engaging in the Pre-Law Center, working on Litter Patrol, minoring in Cybersecurity, and attending the ICJIA Conference.

About Bradley University

Bradley University was initiated on April 10, 1897, by National Women's Hall of Fame member Lydia Moss Bradley as the Bradley Polytechnic Institute. That Fall, an inaugural coed class of 150 started scientific courses among the cornfields at Horology Hall. By 1920, the first Bachelor of Science was awarded. Twenty-six years later, graduate studies were added for university status. During the 1960s, Bradley University renovated for its current 77-building West Bluff campus near the Illinois River and Caterpillar Inc. Budgeting $157 million yearly, Bradley now attracts 5,400 Braves, including Criminal Justice Studies B.A./B.S. majors, from 33 nations as an independent, four-year school. Bradley University connects to over 70,000 alumni globally, including Ray LaHood, General John Shalikashvili, Lillian Glass, Rene Byer, and Kary McIlwain.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Bradley the seventh top Midwest college, sixth best for vets school, and 15th best investment. On Niche, Bradley boasts America's 84th best Greek life, 172nd most conservative students, 207th best psychology courses, and 253rd highest quality academics. Forbes placed Bradley University 293rd overall with the 270th best price. PayScale calculated the 174th biggest median mid-career salary of $106,700 for Bradley University alums. WalletHub noticed Bradley for the 154th best career outcomes and 289th top faculty resources nationally. Times Higher Education tied Bradley sixth for student engagement. The Princeton Review included Bradley among its "Best 384 Colleges" for 2018. College Factual also applauded Bradley for the country's 63rd best criminal justice degrees and 93rd top law enforcement value.

Bradley University Accreditation Details

On May 16, 2011, Bradley University received notice that its Level V accreditation had been reaffirmed for 10 more years by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) via the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) under its 11th president, Dr. Gary Roberts, who once won the Hilmer J. Oehlman Award. Headquartered 169 miles north on Interstate 55 in Chicago, this mega 19-state Midwest accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to judge the effectiveness of Bradley's 111 baccalaureate, 33 master's, two doctoral, and nine certificate programs. Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) also accredited Bradley University for teaching about human society.

Bradley University Application Requirements

Getting into Bradley University is deemed "moderately difficult" by Peterson's since just 6,832 of the 9,786 Fall 2016 applications were victorious for 71 percent acceptance. First-year Braves pursuing the Criminal Justice Studies B.A./B.S. must finish a diploma or homeschool program that follows state board regulations. Taking four years of English is required, plus two years of foreign language is suggested. Individuals ages 17+ who've passed the $120 GED exam with a 2250 or better qualify too. On average, freshmen present a 3.65 GPA, 1210 SAT score, and 25 ACT score. Advanced Placement courses, such as AP German or Psychology, must be graded at least "3" to transfer. Other transfers in good standing at regionally accredited colleges need minimum 2.0 GPAs. An Associate of Arts or Science would fulfill the Bradley core. Articulation agreements exist at 41 partners, including Triton College, John Wood Community College, and Black Hawk College. Note that the EducationUSA member also demands 550 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or 79 PTE Academic scores for international learners.

Bradley University has set the Early Choice deadline on October 15th, Priority deadline on December 1st, and Regular deadline on February 1st for freshmen. Transfers to the Criminal Justice Studies B.A./B.S. have rolling admission until August 1st and December 1st. Non-U.S. citizens must apply by May 15th for Fall and October 15th for Spring though. Either the Bradley or Common Application can be submitted online accordingly. Official documents are mailed to 1501 West Bradley Avenue in Peoria, IL 61625. Please contact (309) 677-1000 or for further instruction. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences typically requests the following:

• $35 application fee ($50 if after February 1st)

• Academic records of high school/college work

• Official SAT or ACT results from the agency

• Original, 500-word autobiographical essay

• One letter of recommendation on CJ potential

• Satisfactory criminal background check

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Bradley University is charging full-time Criminal Justice Studies B.A./B.S. majors $16,680 per semester or $33,360 annually. Studying part-time incurs $890 per credit. Excess credits over 16 are billed $800 each. Mandatory add-ons include the $85 activity fee, $115 health fee, $50 registration process fee, and $50 proficiency exam fee. Living at the Peoria County campus' dorms like Harper or Heitz Hall costs $6,140 for room and $4,480 for board each year. Single-occupancy housing jacks up to $8,340 though. Annual Bradley bachelor's attendance equals around $46,680 on-site and $39,980 at home.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Student Financial Services Office connects 99 percent of beginning, full-time Bradley Braves to median offers of $19,250 apiece or $20.88 million total. University funds include the Dean's Scholarship, Foster Family Global Scholarship, Arnold/Wheeler Scholarship, Bonnie Gordon Scholarship, Deidre Eilers Scholarship, Elizabeth Ruf Field Scholarship, Forensics Scholarship, Romeo B. Garrett Scholarship, and Major Robert Lawrence Scholarship. The Bradley University Grant is available with renewal for 2.0 GPAs. The Federal Work-Study program offers up to $1,800 yearly for part-time, 10-hour weekly campus jobs. GI Bill benefits are supplied for 90+ days of aggregate military service. The Federal Pell and SEOG Grants can be unlocked with FAFSA applications coded 001641 after October 1st. Ranked 296th, Bradley recorded an average debt of $27,000 in Money magazine from Federal Perkins, Stafford, and private loans. "Land of Lincoln" residents pursue the Illinois Monetary Award, National Guard Grant, Golden Apple Scholars Program, MIA/POW Scholarship, and State Honors Program too.

Learn more about Bradley University at the Department of Criminal Justice Studies website.

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