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January Family Orientation

January 14, 2020 (Snow Date: January 17)

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM     Rondileau Student Union Large Ballroom

The January Family Orientation is a program offered to parents and guardians of our new first-year and transfer students. The Family Orientation program runs alongside, but separately, from the orientation program your first-year student (note: transfer students do not have a program on this day). At BSU, we value a strong partnership with families and encourage you to attend to learn more about BSU and ways to support your student's experience.

Please Note: Your student will be receiving separate communications about the details of the student orientation program. If you are a family member of a new transfer student, please see information about transfer family orientation.

The Family Orientation program provides parents and supporters of new incoming Bridgewater State University students the opportunity to learn more about the student experience. Family members will have the opportunity to attend sessions on topics such as academic support, community standards, housing, billing and payment, financial aid, campus safety and more. Family Orientation is a great way to learn more about the university and connect with other families.

Those who attend the Family Orientation Program will:

  • Feel welcomed
  • Attend information sessions to learn about campus resources and services
  • Explore their shifting role and how it relates to communicating with their student and student privacy laws (FERPA/HIPPA)
  • Be informed about academic support services
  • Learn about resources available to them in supporting their student's success
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions
  • Leave feeling their student made the right choice to attend BSU

Family Orientation registration is now open! We recommend you do not delay in registering as space is limited and sessions fill up quickly. The cost to attend Family Orientation is $15 per person. You will be required to pay by credit card on the registration platform linked below. If this payment method restricts your ability to register, please call New Student & Family Programs for assistance at 508.531.1840.

PLEASE NOTE: Your student is receiving separate information about registering for the student orientation program. Student registration is a separate and different process.

Register Here

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 Student Union (RCC). The building is number "10" on the campus map.

Student Drop Off
If you are traveling to campus with your student, please also park in the Spring Street lot. Please note: Your student will receive a separate confirmation regarding the Student Orientation program; it will include information on arrival, parking and check in location.

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 Student Union 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 Student Union (RCC) which is number "10" on the campus map.

Once you arrive, make your way to the Rondileau Student Union (RCC) for check in. Check in begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. for both students and family members. As a reminder, the family program is separate from the students however, there is an opportunity at lunch to connect. The program will end for families and students at 4:30 p.m. with the option of campus tours and chance to go to Bear Plaza.

Please refer to Parking and Directions and the schedule to assist you in planning your arrival to campus, available on this web page.

Please Note: This schedule serves as an overview to assist you in understanding and planning the day. You will get a printed schedule at check-in with updated information about session times and locations.

Time Session Session Description Location
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check In   Rondileau Student Union
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome Meet the family orientation staff and an overview of the family program. TBD
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Support Your Bear's Academic Journey Learn about the services offered by the Academic Achievement Center and the Registrar's Office. TBD
9:40 - 10:20 a.m. Bear Necessities Learn about the Connect Card (student ID), meal plans, flex dollars, parking, the bookstore, mail services and more. TBD
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. Bears Living on Campus Get information from Residence Life and Housing staff about your student living in the residence hall. TBD
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. Bears On the Go Learn more about the social and academic transitions commuter students experience. TBD
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lunch Experience lunch in a dining hall. TBD
12:10 - 12:40 p.m.
12:50 - 1:20 p.m.
Your Bear's Wellbeing Meet representatives from the Wellness Center, University Police, Title IX and Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center. TBD
12:10 - 12:40 p.m.
12:50 - 1:20 p.m.
Your Bear's Finances Meet representatives from Financial Aid and Student Accounts. TBD
1:30 - 2 p.m. Understanding YOUr Bear's Path Connect with other family members and get advice from BSU administrators, parents and students on supporting your student's college journey. TBD
2 - 4:30 p.m. Bear Plaza and Campus Tours Experience the beautiful BSU campus by shuttle or on foot with a tour led by an orientation leader. TBD
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

Who should attend Family Orientation?
The Family program is intended for the parents, guardians or adult supports of new BSU first-year and transfer students. It is important to note that your BSU student should not attend the family programs. However, they do need to register for the student program on the checklist they receive from the dean of admissions.

Can I bring young children?
The Family Orientation can be a long program for young children. At this time, we do not have programming for younger siblings and ask that you do not register children for this program.
Do I attend the same session as my student?
Family members attend a separate but parallel program that coincides with their students. However, families will begin the day with Check-in and Welcome. Family Orientation is intended to provide you with the key information that you need to support your students' transition to Bridgewater State University.

Why is my transfer student coming to Student Orientation on a different day?
To cater to the different needs of transfer students, transfer students attend a Transfer Advising & Orientation Workshop. There are various dates in December and January which students can choose from. Transfer students will receive separate communications prompting them to sign up for their preferred Transfer Advising Workshop. In addition, there is a Transfer Welcome for students on Wednesday, January 15th. (Snow date: Thursday, January 16th) We encourage family members to attend the Family Orientation on Wednesday, January 14th. (Snow date: Friday, January 17th)

If my student is a transfer student, can I still attend the Family Orientation? 
Yes! While the Orientation for transfer students will occur the day before the Family Orientation (Transfer students will attend the Transfer Welcome on Wednesday, January 15th [Snow Date: Thursday, January 16th]), we encourage the parents/guardians of all our new students (first-year and transfer) to attend the Family Orientation on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. It is encouraged that families stay for the full time. 

If my student is a first-year, what time should I expect their orientation to end?
The First-Year Student Orientation will end no later than 4:30 p.m. They are registering for courses and there are many variables. Once they are done they can meet you at Bear Plaza!
What time is Family Orientation?
Plan to arrive at 8 a.m. for check in. There is a lunch with programming that runs from 11:45 a.m. -12:55 p.m. The day will conclude with optional campus tours beginning around 3 p.m. It is highly recommended the family stay all day.
Is Family Orientation mandatory?
Family Orientation is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. This opportunity is for families to learn more about the campus and how to best support your student.

How should I dress for the day?
Dress for the program is casual dress and comfy shoes. BSU is a large campus, there will be some walking from building to building for sessions, and a campus tour (optional). We encourage you to plan for the ever-changing weather in New England. Be prepared that the heat varies from building to building, so consider bringing a sweater just in case you get cool.

Is there a snow date for Family Orientation?
If there is significant snow which leads to the closing of the university, the snow date for January Family Orientation is on Friday, January 17, 2020.

If you do not see the answer you are looking for, please call New Student and Family Programs at (508) 531-1840.