At the Foster College of Business, you will learn how to create ideas that advance business, engage in real-world experiences, develop as a leader who enriches the world, and serve as a valued partner for business and society. The Foster College serves around 750 undergraduate business students through 15 programs of study and 11 minors. Another 70 graduate students attend accelerated, part-time, or full-time programs within our advanced degree options.
Student and Faculty Interaction
With our 14:1 student/faculty ratio, Foster College of Business faculty and staff are dedicated to teaching and learning, and taking a personal interest in the success and growth of our students. Our students learn from full-time faculty. Informed by their on-going research and consulting, our faculty readily share their knowledge and first-hand business experiences with students both in and out of the classroom.
Our faculty’s first passion is helping our students learn. Courses are not taught by graduate assistants, but by professors who take a personal interest in their students. Foster College of Business faculty are a vibrant community of scholars attracted to Bradley from prestigious graduate schools throughout the nation. Energized by their research and continued work with the business community, our faculty share their knowledge and experience to provide a rich and relevant learning environment for our students.
"My interaction with the dedicated faculty at the Foster College of Business led me to apply and land a sales and leadership internship with the HON Company two years before graduation."
-Kayla Diaz '17
The Foster College of Business keeps pace with the global direction of our economy and understands the importance of international knowledge and experience in preparing our future business leaders. Students can study abroad throughout Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. Our unique Global Scholar Program focuses on the ways in which culture influences business by offering specific coursework, language instruction, and two intensive international experiences centered on emerging business destinations within China or India. Over 40% of our students have had one study abroad experience.
Presently, 100% of our business freshmen take business classes their first year. Students also have the opportunity to engage with one of 14 business-related student-led organizations.
In addition to coursework that combines a theoretical and practical perspective, students gain real-world experience through special projects, field experiences and internships. Since 1972, every senior business student has undertaken the Senior Capstone, a team-oriented consulting project, gaining practical experience in solving a business challenge for a local business or not-for-profit organization.
"Experiential learning is a definite highlight in the Foster College of Business. I'm not only learning theory in class, but I also practice what I learn through roleplaying, sales calls, analyzing case studies, studying abroad, and participating in interactive projects."
-Mitch Kuldell '16
Ranked among the best, the Foster College of Business is one of only three percent of the world’s business schools to achieve and maintain the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accreditation for both our business and accounting programs.
The Foster College of Business received an "A" grade in faculty quality and ranked overall in academic quality in the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of the best U.S. undergraduate business programs for 2014. Bradley’s undergraduate entrepreneurial program has ranked among the top 25 in the nation for the past few years by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. In April 2015, the Brookings Institution ranked Bradley University among the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation, and number one in the state of Illinois, for adding value to alumni earnings.
Over 70% percent of our students secure at least one internship, many with Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, 124 employers across 15 states and two countries hired our 2013-14 graduates. For the past five years, our graduates have had a 94% career outcome. Foster College of Business graduates routinely gain full-time career positions with top employers. Recent graduates have joined companies such as Caterpillar Inc., CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Deloitte Development LLC, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, and HON Corporation.
"Through interaction with faculty in my classes, experiential learning, and the experience I gained in my internships, I am proud to say that eight months before I graduated, I accepted a position at United Airlines as an internal auditor."
-Ann Hofmann '15