Why is orientation necessary?
At Bradley, we feel it is very important for incoming students to become acquainted with the campus and dorm life. During summer orientation, students will also register for fall semester classes and learn about the many organizations and facilities Bradley has to offer. Summer orientation is MANDATORY for incoming freshmen.
Why is orientation 2 and 1/2 days long?
We realize that 2 and 1/2 days is a big commitment from both parents and students. Going to college is a very big step in a person's life and during orientation, we want to make that transition as smooth as possible. We have those 2 and 1/2 days jam-packed with activities, informational meetings, and social events.
Students participate in placement testing, course registration, discussions of campus issues, and many other important activities. Other university support topics to be presented include but are not limited to: Health Services, Student Involvement, University Police, the Honors Program, and Residential Living.
What time does orientation end on the last day?
The Closing Ceremony ends around noon. We ask that the students and parents be checked out of the residence halls by 2 p.m.
Are parents encouraged to attend orientation with their student?
Yes! We strongly encourage parents to accompany their student at orientation. Bradley provides many activities specifically for parents to attend. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents who are going through the same experience. Parents will attend a luncheon with the Academic Deans and other university administrators, meet with the Vice President for Student Affairs and attend various support sessions such as Financial Assistance, Smith Career Center and the Center for Learning Assistance.
Parents can lodge in a separate residence hall on campus or they may choose to stay in a hotel. We invite you to learn more about Bradley and the university experience with your student.
When will students receive information about orientation?
Students that deposit prior to March 1 will receive priority in orientation date selection. Following this, students and parents will receive an orientation invitation through the mail the first week of May. Included will be details about the orientation program, a campus map, and information on how to finalize your orientation reservation.
Where Can I find my BUnetID and Activation Code?
A letter is included in the Orientation Packet informing students of the process to activate their BUnetID and password. Please refer to this letter for step-by-step instructions. Students MUST activate their BUnetID and set their password BEFORE they have access to register for Orientation.
Will students and parents see much of each other during orientation?
Probably not very much. Orientation is tightly packed with separate activities for parents and students, but everyone will attend the Opening Ceremony, breakfast on the second and final days, and the Closing Ceremony together.
What should my student bring to orientation?
All of the students (even local) will be staying in a residence hall during orientation. Bedding (sheets) and towels are provided. The following items are recommended:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Alarm clock
- An extra towel and toiletries
- Casual clothing and shoes (students will have access to the Markin Family Student Recreation Center)
- Extra money for souvenirs and snacks (meals will be provided)
- Sweater/sweatshirt (temperatures in different buildings vary)
What off-campus programming is offered for family members?
An optional off-campus dinner at Alexander's Steakhouse, and an optional social.
Where exactly will the students be staying?
All the students (except for session 13) will be staying in University Hall. University Hall is an air-conditioned dorm and has double-occupancy rooms. Men and women will be on separate floors and there will be Student Aides (Orientation Leaders) on each floor.
Temporary swipe-cards and keys will be given to the students as they check-in for orientation and are used for access to the building and to their rooms. Students attending the very last orientation session in August will move directly into their assigned residence halls for the year.
How many students are in each orientation session?
There are approximately 85 students per orientation session. At Bradley, we want to keep the attendance relatively low so we can give each student the individual attention he or she deserves.
Where can I get information on computer recommendations?
Please check the HelpDesk webpage for recommendations. Our Campus Computer Sales offers discounts to students.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you have any questions, please call the Center for Orientation and Advisement at (309) 677-2420.