Orientation

Students that attend an August session will move into their assigned residence hall for the fall the day before their scheduled orientation session. The office of Residential Living and Student Conduct will send housing assignments and more information about the move-in process for all students in early to mid-August.

The programs below have openings in our registration system. To begin completing the next steps, please scroll down the page under the listed sessions to begin the process.

Session 21 Thursday, August 19

STEP 1: BUnetID Activation, setting a new password, foreWarn notifications

Students MUST activate their BUnetID and set a password in order to register for an orientation session. To activate your BUnetID, please go to your Bradley Bound Status Page and log in with the e-mail address you have been using. If you are having trouble activating your BUnetID and password please refer to the following tutorial video for further assistance. It may take up to 24 hours for the BUnetID and Password to be fully activated which will allow you to register for an Orientation session at the bottom of the page. In the meantime, please review steps 2-6 for important information.

Once activated, students MUST opt in or opt out of the foreWarn Emergency Text Messaging system on their MyBU page by hovering over the “My Info” tab and clicking onto the third item down titled “Emergency Text Messaging”.

Fall classes cannot be added onto a student's schedule until this is complete.

STEP 2: Discuss preferred session with parent/guest

Before registering for an orientation session, talk with the parent, guest or supporter who is coming with you, and the date that works best for you both. Once you begin the registration process, we will ask you for this information. You can make certain changes in the reservation system up to 72 hours prior to your assigned session. Within 72 hours, you will need to contact the orientation office. Our contact information is above.

STEP 3: Print and review confirmation e-mail after registering for Orientation

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after you complete the registration process, which is at the bottom of the page. Within this email, you will find information about payment, orientation reminders and a checklist of “to do” items prior to your session. A final email with additional reminders will be sent within one week prior to your session. If you are having trouble locating either of these messages, please review messages in spam, promotions folders, especially if you have a Gmail account, or other folders these emails may have been assigned..

STEP 4: Math and World Language assessments and accessing Starting Off

Math Placement Test

Within one to two business days after you register for an orientation session under Step #7, you will be eligible to take the math assessment.

All students MUST take their math assessment in order to register for classes in the fall, including those that took an AP exam or that are coming in with Dual Credit.
Students are able to retake the math test up to three times but the first attempt must be completed approximately 2-3 weeks prior to their orientation session. As a result of taking the assessment and after students have completed the academic survey sent by the college or program their major is in, an advisor will reach out to the student to schedule a virtual appointment 1-3 weeks prior to their orientation session. The survey, assessment results and fall classes will be discussed. Completing the math assessment ASAP will allow you to remediate and test again, which can result in an improved placement score and the most accurate math course on your fall schedule.
Learn more general information about the Bradley ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

The online orientation supplement “Starting Off”, hosts the math assessment. “Starting Off” also has a wealth of information that can be accessed prior to Orientation for both students and their parent/guest/supporter. Once students register for Orientation they will be able to access “Starting Off” within 24-48 hours. The parent/guest and/or supporter attending Orientation with their student will be added into “Starting Off” and receive an email within 24-48 hours. Then, he/she can download and follow the instructions to create their guest account below. The instructions with screenshots to access "Starting Off" can be downloaded below. If you are having difficulty with the Lockdown Browser, please shut down and restart your computer to make sure no other programs are running besides the Lockdown Browser. If you are still having trouble please email the Academic Success Center at success@fsmail.bradley.edu for assistance.

Language Placement Test

Bradley currently offers language coursework in French, Spanish, and German. Please review this section to determine whether or not a language placement test is right for you:

  • Students who wish to take a language course above the 101 (introductory) level MUST complete the appropriate language placement test.
  • Not all students are required to complete language coursework. Consult with your major plan to determine whether or not it’s required in your program.
  • If language courses are not required in your major, you may still want to consider developing your language skills or pursuing a language minor. Even as elective credits, time spent in language coursework may improve your marketability after graduation.
  • If you are unsure whether or not to take the language placement test, we generally recommend you complete the brief assessment and have the score on file. There is no cost to you for the test, and having the score may increase your options for course offerings in the future.

The World Language Assessment is now available. Unlike the math assessment, students will only be able to take the World Language assessment once.

STEP 5: Registering for Fall 2021 classes

In order to register for classes students must complete the following initial tasks:

  • Opt in or opt out of Bradley’s foreWarn Emergency Text messaging system. Please see the second paragraph of Step #1 for instructions.
  • Complete the required mathematics assessment in our online orientation supplement “Starting Off.” Please go back and review Step #4 for more information.
  • Complete the optional World Language assessment if you plan on taking any language with which you have had previous experience with.
  • Complete the fall class registration survey sent to you approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your orientation session.
  • Respond to your advisor’s request for an appointment to review the survey and to discuss next steps.

During the virtual meeting with your advisor, students will review their survey answers, receive relevant contact information, complete necessary tasks that may prevent them from registering, such as their foreWarn hold and depending on the major or program, register for a major class(es). The remainder of your courses will be added later and made available to you during your Orientation session.

STEP 6: Student Health Form

Illinois State Law requires that students have a completed BU health form, including an immunization history, on file with Health Services. A doctor's physical is not required. Download the form. These forms should be completed and returned to Bradley Health Services, Bradley University, 1501 W. Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61606-9986, or brought with you when you come to campus. For questions on the health form please contact (309) 677-2700 or bradleyhealthservices@bradley.edu

STEP 7: Register for your orientation session

Now that you have become more familiar with the Orientation process, we invite you to register for your preferred session! Once you click on the link below, you will sign into your Bradley Bound Status page. You will see the link to Orientation Registration toward the top of the page within 24 hours after your BUnetID and password have been activated. Parent/guest/supporter payments can be made once you have completed the registration form. Simply return to the main Bradley Bound Status Page and you will see the balance due link where payment can be made.

Register for your Orientation session