First-Year Student Orientation

Orientation is a critical 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.

Travel and Scheduling Information

Check in starts at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 noon. Lunch is on your own with Opening Ceremonies beginning at 1pm. Check-out for orientation will be after the closing ceremony, which ends at approximately 12:30 pm 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.

What Should I Bring?

First year students and parents/family members/guests will stay in two different locations. Orientation provides some bedding (a flat and a fitted twin sheet and a blanket), a wash cloth, and a towel. Please bring the following:

  • A pillow
  • Extra blanket if you wish (air conditioning in the halls can be chilly)
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt (some meeting rooms are very cold)
  • Toiletries such as shower sandals and dental needs
  • Recreational clothing**
  • Government-issued photo ID (mandatory to obtain your BU ID)
  • Money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.

*Those attending sessions June 9-11 through July 28-30 (even local) must stay on-campus. First year students attending the August 21-23 session who live off-campus will not be required to stay in a residence hall.

**Students, possibly parents, 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.

Other reminders and roommate assignments during Orientation

  • 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.
  • 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 but both students MUST arrive to check-in at the same time in order to be placed into a room together. 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.
  • Campus Security will not issue parking citations during the summer unless you are parked in a handicapped space or next to a fire hydrant.
  • 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 general questions about the program or want to change your major please contact your Admission Counselor at (309) 677-1000. If you are looking to make a change to your session or payment or have in-depth questions about your session please contact the Orientation office at (309) 677-2420 or email us at

We look forward to helping you make Bradley your "home away from home!"