August Family Orientation

August 29, 2018

The August Family Orientation is the last program of the summer offered to parents and guardians of our new first year and transfer students.  This program takes place on August 29 along with the final first year student program, although it is a separate program from your student's with its own registration process. We realize many students have already attended their advising workshop and student orientation session during the summer months. This final Family Orientation program is for our Transfer parents and those first year parents who could not attend earlier sessions or may have a student attending the student program on August 29. At BSU, we value a strong partnership with families and encourage you to attend Family Orientation to learn more about BSU and ways to support your student's experience.  

Please explore the information below for additional details on registration for August Orientation, logistics for the day, as well as arrival and parking on campus.


This is a tentative schedule to give you an idea of what the Family Orientation will entail. Please note that some timing and sessions may change as we finalize our schedule.

TimeSessionSession DescriptionLocation
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Check In RCC Ballroom
8:30 - 8:50 a.m.Welcome to BSU/ Meet the Orientation TeamWelcome to New Students and FamiliesRCC Ballroom
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.Students depart to Student Orientation RCC Ballroom
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.Academic JourneyYour bear's academic journeyRCC Ballroom
9:45 - 10:30 a.m.Taking Care of BusinessFinancial Aid & Student AccountsRCC Ballroom
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break & Walk to DMF  
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.Bears Living on Campus DMF 120
 Bears On the Go DMF 122
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.Break  
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Bear NecessitiesConnect Cards, Meal Plans, Flex Dollars, Parking, Bookstore, Mail Services and more.DMF 120
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch & Marketplace Bear's Dean/ DMF Atrium 
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.Break  

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
1:55 - 2:25 p.m.

Choose Your Own Adventure - Pick 2 DMF Classrooms
 The Transfer Experience  
 Bear the Responsibility & SafetyLearn about the Office of Community Standards and the BSU Police Department. 
 Supporting Healthy BearsLearn about resources available at the Wellness Center to support our students. 
 Walking Tours  
2:30 p.m.Optional Walking Tours or Destinations  



Due to space and material constraints, it is important that you and other attending family members register for the August Family Orientation session. Please note, your student will register separately for student orientation. The cost to attend Family Orientation is $15 per person. Please ensure when registering to update the "Quantity" section to reflect the number of parents/caregivers who will attend.

Register Online


Directions and Parking on Campus

Arrival via car
Please refer to the campus map for driving directions to the Bridgewater State University campus. 

Parking for families is in the Spring Street Lot. For GPS Directions, enter Spring Street in Bridgewater, MA 02324. The Spring Street Lot is letter "H" on the campus map. From there, follow the walking signs to the check-in location. You will walk to the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC). The building is number "10" on the campus map.

Arrival via MBTA (Middleborough/Lakeville Line)
If you are traveling to BSU by the MBTA commuter rail, you will have a short walk from the Bridgewater station to the Rondileau Campus Center at 19 Park Avenue. You will exit the train station and turn left. Remain on the walkway through the underpass to West Campus. Follow the walking signs to the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC) which is number "10" on the campus map.

Special Accommodations

If you have any special needs that were not indicated on your registration, please let us know prior to your arrival so we can do our best to accommodate you. Call us at 508.531.1840 or send an email to

Check In

Please note: Your student will receive a separate confirmation regarding the Student Orientation program; it will include information on arrival and parking if they are bringing their own vehicle. Family Orientation check in will take place in the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC). Check in begins at 8 a.m. The Family Orientation program begins at 8:30am and concludes by 2:30 p.m. ending at this time with optional tours and department destinations. Check your email for a confirmation with more arrival and schedule information. We encourage you to stay for the entire program, as each session provides important information.


This section is under construction. Please check back later.