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. Due to its importance, it is REQUIRED that first year students attend one of the thirteen 2-1/2 day sessions offered this summer. We limit each session to approximately 85 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

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. Please refer to Step #7 on the main orientation page for more information.

You will meet with an academic advisor.

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 a pillow, bedding (a flat and a fitted twin sheet and a blanket), a wash cloth, and a towel. Please bring the following:

  • Government-issued photo ID (mandatory to obtain your Bradley photo ID)
  • Extra blanket if you wish (residence halls are air conditioned)
  • Extra pillow if you wish
  • Extra towel
  • Toiletries
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt (some meeting rooms are very cold)
  • Money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Recreational clothing**

*Those attending sessions June 3-5 through July 29-31 (even local) must stay on-campus. First year students attending the August 15-17 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?

  • All new Bradley students need to complete the plagiarism awareness quiz.
  • 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 may make changes yourself online until two weeks prior to your assigned session.
  • During each 2.5 day 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 than the other on arrival day, they need to wait for the student they want to live with to arrive before checking in.
  • Encourage your parents/family members/guests to attend orientation because most do. Siblings 17 years old and under cannot attend an orientation session without a parent.
  • You are encouraged to submit a photo for your Bradley ID through the QuickCard website. Your Bradley ID can be picked up from Central Communications in MacMillan Hall (1308 W. Bradley Avenue) and used immediately once you have checked into 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 casual clothes and shoes.
  • All of your meals during the program are provided except for lunch on your check-in morning.

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!"