Bradley University

Bradley University

Bradley University, founded in 1897, is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. It is a medium-sized institution with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

About Bradley University

Bradley University, founded in 1897, is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. It is a medium-sized institution with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and a full-time faculty of approximately 350. The Bradley Polytechnic Institute was founded by philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897 in memory of her husband Tobias and their six children, all of whom died early and suddenly, making Bradley a childless widow. The Bradleys had discussed establishing an orphanage in memory of their deceased children. After some study and travel to various institutions, Mrs. Bradley decided instead to found a school where young people could learn how to do practical things to prepare them for living in the modern world. As a first step toward her goal, in 1892 she purchased a controlling interest in Parsons Horological School in LaPorte, Indiana, the first school for watchmakers in America, and moved it to Peoria.

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