Parent & Family Orientation

Over 1,000 parents/family members/guests attended orientation last summer.

A number of you have already visited Bradley’s campus to help your student make the right college selection. Your on-campus orientation experience goes well beyond your introductory visit. At Bradley, our philosophy is that the success of students is dependent on a triadic relationship which exists between the University, parents/family members/guests and students. It is essential that all of us play a role in a student's college experience and personal development.

Program Schedule

Please refer to Step #3 on the main orientation page. Except for certain workshops, parents/family members/guests and students are involved in separate, exclusive schedules. Pre-planning may be necessary for buying textbooks together, to arrange for “who has the car” or simply to meet to compare notes.


For parents/family members/guests attending sessions, accommodations are available in an on campus single occupancy residence hall. Many choose to stay in our air-conditioned residence hall. It is a great opportunity to build community with other parents, family members and guests in attendance. Orientation provides a pillow, bedding (a flat and a fitted twin sheet and a blanket), a wash cloth, and a towel. Items you will need to bring include:

  • Extra towel and washcloth (optional)
  • Extra blanket (optional)
  • Extra pillow (optional)
  • alarm clock
  • shower sandals
  • toiletries
  • sweater or jacket

When packing for travel, keep in mind that parents/family members/guests and students will be staying in two different residence halls. Accommodations are not available for the August 15-17 session (just before move-in day) due to students moving into their residence hall assignments for the fall semester. If you prefer to stay in a hotel, please refer to our list of local hotels that offer special Bradley rates.

Other Important Information

  • It is most important to plan your travel to arrive on campus during the registration check-in time between 10:00 a.m. and noon. If you cannot arrive during that period, you should reschedule your orientation session. The reason for this necessity is that once the program begins, all of our time becomes committed to students and their parents/family members/guests. More importantly, if you and your student are late, you might miss some sessions that cannot be made up without considerable inconvenience to your student
  • Orientation events are casual. Please dress for your own comfort.
  • You will have access to our Markin Family Recreational Center which includes a walking/running track, a pool, cardiovascular and weight machines and free weights.
  • Air conditioning and summer heat pose real comfort-adjustment problems. Therefore, you should plan to bring a sweater or jacket to help keep you comfortable. Some of the meeting rooms are very cold.
  • 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 Fees

  • The Orientation Fee of $135.00 per parent/family member/guest includes meals provided during the program, materials, and program related expenses. The sibling's (17 years and younger) fee is $50.00 per person. Siblings 17 years old and under cannot attend an orientation session without a parent.
  • The fee for residence hall accommodations is $55 per parent/family member/guest for both nights (not per night). This will likely not be the same residence hall used to house your student.
  • You can pay your fees on-line with your credit card upon registering for orientation and make changes in the reservation system on your own up to two weeks prior to your assigned session. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
  • Refund Policy: Meals, staffing and materials for orientation are ordered and scheduled well in advance. To cancel a reservation, either call the Center for Orientation and Advisement at (309) 677-2420 or email us at A 72-hour cancellation notice BEFORE an assigned Orientation session begins is required for a refund. If a cancellation notice is received 72 hours before the assigned orientation session begins, the total amount paid for the reservation, less a 5% credit card transaction fee, will be refunded. For all other cancellations, no refund will be issued.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Center for Orientation & Advisement at (309) 677-2420.

Of all the orientation experiences provided for parents/family members/guests, perhaps the most important and intangible benefit is that you become immersed in the same college environment as your student. These shared experiences can help you build stronger support for your student. We look forward to working with you to ensure your student's personal and academic success.