First Year Student Orientation

Now that your college decision is made, it is time to begin your “college career” at Bradley University. As you begin this experience, your emotions may range from excitement to nervousness. Orientation will give you the necessary tools to deal with these emotions and will help ensure your success at the University.

Orientation is a necessary introduction to college life and to the challenges and opportunities students will encounter. Because of its importance, it is REQUIRED that first year students attend one of the twelve 2-1/2 day sessions offered this summer. We limit each session to approximately 80 students.

During Orientation, you will:

  • Meet other students (social activities)
  • Register for fall semester classes
  • Cultivate new friendships
  • Become familiar with campus
  • Learn about campus life
  • Participate in "team-oriented" activities

Orientation Presentations include, but aren't limited to:

  • Placement testing*
  • Meetings with Student Aides (Orientation Leaders)
  • Individual appointments with faculty and staff**
  • Campus resources (Health Services, Student Involvement, University Police, etc.)
  • Fall class registration
  • Discussion on campus issues

*Part of the Orientation process involves your participation in math and possibly foreign language course placement testing and the completion of various surveys and questionnaires. Most of these items are of the “no-wrong-answer” type. However, it might be to your advantage to arrive well-rested so that your course placement test scores are as accurate as possible. If you are interested in taking a practice test, please visit the Math Department’s web-site at and click on "Resources" and then “Placement Test”. Calculators are not allowed during the math placement test.

**You will meet with an academic advisor. He/she will assist you with planning your class schedule and will help you learn about Bradley’s academic requirements. The advisor is also available to help you learn more about future career and educational interests and opportunities. You can also request individual appointments with other faculty and staff at the University when you need specific information, or where you have a particular need.

Travel and Scheduling Information

It is imperative that you plan your travel to arrive on campus during the registration check-in time between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. If not, you will likely miss some sessions that cannot be made up without considerable inconvenience to you (e.g., placement testing, Orientation session guidelines, receiving residence hall information and proper accommodations). Check-out for Orientation will be after the Closing Ceremony, which ends at approximately 12:30 pm on the final day of each session.

What should I bring?

First year students and parents/family members/guests will stay in two different locations. Orientation provides pillow, bedding and a towel. You should bring:

  • Government-issued photo ID (MANDATORY to obtain your Bradley Photo ID)
  • Extra blanket (residence halls are air conditioned)
  • Extra pillow 
  • An alarm clock
  • Washcloth and extra towel
  • Flat sheets are provided, but we suggest bringing twin fitted sheets.
  • Toiletries
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt (some meeting rooms are VERY COLD)
  • Money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Students are required to stay in a residence hall during orientation*
  • Recreational clothing**

*Those attending sessions June 5-7 through July 24-26 (even local) must stay on-campus. First year students attending the August 17-19 session who live off-campus will not be required to stay in a residence hall. **Everyone will have time to utilize the walking/running track, pool, cardiovascular and weight machines and free weights at the Markin Family Recreational Center on campus.

What else do I need to know?

  • Be sure you have activated your BUnetID and set a password.  An Orientation registration letter was mailed to your home indicating how to complete this process. You have opt in or opt out of the Forewarn Emergency Text Messaging system through your MyBU site and completed the Plagiarism Awareness Module and Quiz located at
  • Reservations for Orientation are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once you select and pay for your Orientation session, we advise printing the final page indicating the session choice you just selected.  
  • You will receive an Orientation Session Confirmation email within three business days. Please refer to and print this for your records as it will contain useful information about what you should bring, where to check-in, where to park, etc. If a change is necessary, please call the Center for Orientation and Advisement at (309) 677-2420. 
  • Encourage your parents/family members/guests to attend Orientation because most do.
  • You are encouraged to submit a photo for your Bradley ID through the QuickCard website at Your Bradley ID will be ready for pick-up when checking in at Orientation if you take advantage of this option.  If you do not submit your photo through the QuickCard website, one will be taken during Orientation. 
  • Campus Security will not issue parking citations during the summer unless you are parked in a handicapped space or next to a fire hydrant. You may park wherever it is most convenient.
  • Orientation events are casual. Bring some recreation clothes and shoes.
  • If you wish, you can pay your tuition at Orientation, but it’s not required.
  • All of your meals during the program are provided except for lunch on your check-in morning.
  • A completed BU health form and proof of required immunizations must be on file at Bradley’s Health Center or you will not be allowed to register for Spring semester classes. A doctor's physical is not required. Mail your form or bring it with you to Orientation.

If you have further questions, please call the Center for Orientation and Advisement at 309.677.2420 or email us at

We look forward to helping you make Bradley your "home away from home!"