January Family Orientation

January 15, 2019     

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM     DMF Science and Mathematics Center Atrium

Welcome to the Bridgewater State University Community! We are excited your student chose to be a BSU bear! We are looking forward to your arrival on campus.

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

Why Attend?

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


TimeSessionSession DescriptionLOCATION
8 - 8:30 a.m.Check InCheck in at the Dana Mohler-Faria (DMF) Science and Mathematics Center, 24 Park AvenueDMF, Room 120
8:30 - 8:50 a.m.Welcome/ Meet the Orientation Team!Welcome to BSU!DMF, Room 120
9 - 9:50 a.m.Academic JourneyRegistrar and Academic Achievement Center presentationDMF, Room 122
9:55 - 10:45 a.m.Taking Care of BusinessFinancial Aid and Student Accounts presentationDMF, Room 122
11 - 11:45 a.m.Bears Living On Campus BreakoutMeet members of Residence Life & Housing and obtain info about room assignments, Residence Life policies and resources.DMF, Room 120
11 - 11:45 a.m.Bears Living Off Campus BreakoutLearn about ways to support your BSU Bear to make the most of their experience. Resources include: leadership opportunities, getting involved as a commuter and resources for students who commute.DMF, Room 122
11:45 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.Lunch & MarketplaceLunch & Opportunity to check in individually with various campus departmentsBear's Den/DMF Atrium
1:10 - 1:40 p.m.Bear NecessitiesLearn about the services your students will need to thrive as a BSU Bear including the connect card, meal plans, flex dollars, parking, bookstore, mail services and more!DMF, Room 122
1:50 - 2:55 p.m.Choose Your Own AdventureAttend a variety of information sessions to learn more about what's available on campusVarious locations
3:00 p.m.Optional Walking Tour  



Due to space and material constraints, it is important that you and other attending family members register for January Family Orientation. Please note, your student will register separately for student orientation. The cost to attend Family Orientation is $15 per person. 

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 which is letter "H" on the campus map. For GPS – enter Spring Street Lot Stop, Bridgewater, MA 02325. From there, follow the walking signs to the check-in location. You will walk to the Dana Mohler-Faria (DMF) Science and Mathematics Center. The building is number "15" 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 on 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 Dana Mohler-Faria (DMF) Science and Mathematics Center which is number "15" 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 nsfp@bridgew.edu.

Check In

Family Orientation check in will take place in the Dana Mohler-Faria (DMF) Science and Mathematics Center, Room 120. Check in begins at 8 a.m. The Family Orientation program begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes by 3 p.m.  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.

First-Year Student Orientation is occurring on this same day. Students should plan to arrive at 8 a.m. to the Dana Mohler-Faria (DMF) Science and Mathematics Center, Room 120. Check in and Welcome will include both families and students attending First-Year Orientation before the groups break out into separate sessions.


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 as directed in the letter from the dean of admissions. At this time, we do not have programming for younger siblings and ask that you do not register children for this program.

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 do not attend the session that coincides with their students. However, families will begin the day with Check-in and Welcome together with the First-Year Orientation students. 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 will 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 & Orientation Workshop. In addition, there is a Transfer Welcome Event on Tuesday, January 22nd. However, we encourage all families to attend the Family Orientation on Tuesday, January 15th. 

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 sign up for a Transfer Advising & Orientation Workshop, offered throughout December and January), we encourage the parents/guardians of all our new students (first-year and transfer) to attend the Family Orientation on Tuesday, 1/15 from 8 a.m. -3 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 3:30 p.m. but they could be done earlier. They are registering for courses and there are many variables. It is recommended that you keep in contact with your student to get a more precise time.
What time is Family Orientation?
Plan to arrive at 8 a.m. for check in. There will be 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 18, 2019.

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