Parent, Family and Guest Orientation

Over 1,100 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 #5 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 some bedding (a flat and a fitted twin sheet and a blanket), a wash cloth, and a towel. Items you will need to bring include:

  • Pillow
  • Extra blanket (optional)
  • Extra towel and washcloth (optional)
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries such as shower sandals and dental needs
  • 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 21-23 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

  • Check-in time is between 10:00 a.m. and noon. For the final session in August, check in begins at 9 a.m. Opening Ceremonies begins at 1pm. Check-out for orientation will be after the closing ceremony, which ends at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the final day of each session. If you are running late please contact the orientation office at (309) 677-2420 or a Student Aide in the program at (309) 657-5253.
  • Orientation events are casual. Please dress for your own comfort.
  • You will have some access to our Markin Family Recreational Center which includes a walking/running track, a pool, cardiovascular and weight machines and free weights during limited downtime. Please refer to the schedules under Step #5 on the main page.
  • 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 Police will not issue parking citations during the summer unless you are parked in a handicapped space or next to a fire hydrant.

Orientation Fees

  • You can pay your fees on-line by having your student log into their Bradley Bound Status Page. The amount due will be listed at the top of their page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
  • 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 up to two weeks prior to your assigned session by calling the Orientation office. 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 Orientation office 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.

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.

If you have general questions about the program please contact your student’s Admission Counselor at (309) 677-1000. If you are looking to make a change to your orientation reservation you may do so in the orientation reservation system up to two weeks prior to the session you have been assigned. Within the two weeks prior to your session please contact the Orientation office at (309) 677-2420 or email us at