Frequently Asked Questions

When will students receive information about Orientation?

Students that have paid their enrollment fee will receive an orientation informational registration letter in the mail. Included will be information about the orientation program and instructions on how to activate your BUnetID and password

Where Can I find my BUnetID and Activation Code?

The orientation registration letter that students receive in the mail and step #1 on the main orientation website informs them of the process to activate their BUnetID and password. Please refer to this letter for instructions. Students MUST activate their BUnetID and set their password BEFORE they can sign up for orientation and register for classes at orientation.

Why is orientation necessary?

At Bradley, we feel it is very important for incoming students to become acquainted with the campus and residential living. 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 for all attending. 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, peer socialization 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 12:30 pm. We ask that the students and parents be checked out of the residence halls by 2 p.m.

Can I or my student request a roommate during their Orientation session?

Students can request to room with another student they know or one who is coming to the same session but both students MUST arrive to check-in at the same time and make the request then. Orientation roommate requests cannot be made in advance of the session being attended. If one student arrives earlier then the other on arrival day, they need to wait for the student they want to live with to arrive before checking in.

Are parents/family members/guests encouraged to attend orientation with their student?

Absolutely! Bradley provides many activities specifically for parents/family members/guests to attend. You will have the opportunity to meet others who are going through the same experience. Parents/family members/guests will attend a luncheon with the Academic Deans and attend various support sessions such as Financial Assistance, Smith Career Center and Student Support Services.

Parents/family members/guests may lodge in a residence hall on campus (except August session) or they may choose to stay in a hotel. We invite you to learn more about Bradley and the university experience with your student.

Will students and their parents/family members/guests see much of each other during orientation?

Probably not very much. Orientation is tightly packed with separate activities, but everyone will attend the Opening Ceremony, breakfast on the middle and final day, and Closing Ceremonies.

When will I get my Bradley ID? 

Students are encouraged to submit a photo for their Bradley ID through the QuickCard website. Your Bradley ID can be picked up at Central Communications in MacMillan Hall (1308 W. Bradley Avenue) after checking in at orientation, if you take advantage of this option. If students do not submit their photo through the QuickCard website, one will be taken during orientation. 

What should my student bring to orientation?

All of the students (even local) will be staying in a residence hall during orientation. A pillow, a flat sheet, a twin fitted sheet, blanket, washcloth and towel are provided. Items you will need to bring include:

  • Government-issued photo ID (MANDATORY in order to obtain your Bradley Photo ID)
  • Extra Pillow (optional) 
  • Extra Blanket (optional)
  • Flat sheets provided; we suggest bringing fitted twin sheets.
  • 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 and can be quite cool)

What off-campus programming is offered for parents/family members/guests?

An optional off-campus dinner at Alexander's Steakhouse and an optional evening social.

Where exactly will the students be staying?

All the students (except August session) will be staying in Williams Hall. Williams Hall is an air-conditioned residence hall 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 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 80-85 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 between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.