Rankings, Awards & Accreditation


Bloomberg Businessweek

Bradley's Foster College of Business received national attention for its undergraduate business programs by Bloomberg Businessweek.  The College is ranked 42 in the nation by the prestigious publication.  Foster College is also the highest ranked business program among private universities in Illinois and is ranked 10 nationally among employer perceptions of "how well undergraduate business programs prepare graduates for the jobs they want." All undergraduate business schools are eligible to be ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Given their strict criteria, only 114 schools qualified to be ranked in 2016.


Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review

Bradley’s undergraduate entrepreneurial program has ranked among the top 25 in the nation five of the last six years by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.


AACSB International Accreditation

The Foster College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premiere business education accrediting body. Bradley is one of only 182 business schools worldwide, (less than 2%) to achieve and maintain the AACSB’s high standards for both business and accounting education.

AACSB International grants accreditation for undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting programs. AACSB International accreditation is a process of voluntary, non-governmental review of educational institutions and programs, which assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting education. Forbes magazine has identified AACSB International as "the golden standard" for business education.

As the longest serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide, AACSB accredits 755 of the world’s best business schools across 51 countries and territories. In 1978, the Foster College of Business became the 77th college of business to earn AACSB accreditation and is proud to have maintained this accreditation continuously since that time.


President’s E-Award

The International Trade Center in the Foster College of Business at Bradley University received the prestigious 2009 Presidential "E" Award for U.S. Exporters. Only 21 awards are given annually and the Bradley ITC is the only trade center in the country to be recognized.


U.S. News & World Report

Bradley University maintained its position as the top regional university in Illinois and among the top 10 Midwestern universities in U.S.News & World Report's annual college guide, America's Best Colleges 2017.

U.S. News has also ranked Bradley's Part-time MBA program 114 out of the 296 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International programs eligible.

Other recent rankings include Bloomberg Businessweek rating Bradley the top private undergraduate business school in Illinois, and The Princeton Review rating Bradley among the top 25 colleges for internship opportunities.


Brookings Institution

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. For more on this ranking, click here, and for the full story posted by CNN/Money, click here.