June Family Orientation
There are five Family Orientation sessions during the month of June. These occur on the first day of a scheduled orientation for first-year students. Please select one date that will work best for you/your family - many families select the session dates that correspond to their first-year students' orientation. Please note that the student orientation is a separate, two-day program with separate registration. Family Orientation is only a one-day event.
Please explore the information below for additional details on registration for June 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 June 2018 schedules.
|9:30 - 10:10 a.m.||Check In||RCC Atrium|
|10:10 - 10:30 a.m.||Welcome to BSU/ Meet the Orientation Team||Welcome from New Student & Family Programs||RCC Ballroom|
|10:30 - 11 a.m.||Support Your Bear's Academic Journey||Registrar and Academic Achievement Center||RCC Ballroom|
|11 - 11:30 a.m.||Taking Care of Business||Financial Aid & Student Accounts||RCC Ballroom|
|11:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. 12:10 - 12:35 p.m.||Choose Your Own Adventure||Six presentations offered:|
Police, Community Standards, On-Campus, Off-Campus, Tell It Like It Is, Parking & Connect
Families will have the opportunity to attend three of the sessions.
|12:40 - 1 p.m.||Hopes and Fears||Discussion about your hopes and fears about sending your student to college.||Various locations|
|1 - 2:15 p.m.||Lunch & Marketplace||Lunch and the opportunity to speak with departments at the marketplace, reconnect with your student and get BSU swag at the bookstore.||ECC Atrium & Dining Hall|
|2:30 - 3:20 p.m.||Let's Get Real||Student created and directed skits to help introduce what college life at BSU can be.||RCC Auditorium|
|3:30 p.m.||Optional Tour||Optional campus tour guided by an Orientation Leader.|
Due to space and material constraints, it is important that you and other attending family members register for your preferred June 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.
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 Parking Garage. For GPS Directions, enter "Weygand/Parking Garage, Bridgewater, MA 02325." The Parking Garage is letter "S" 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 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 Rondileau Campus Center (RCC) which is number "10" on the campus map.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Drop Off
If your student is attending the same session as you and you plan to travel together, you should first drop your student off at Shea-Durgin Hall which is number "32" on the campus map. It is important to keep in mind your student is required to stay overnight. For GPS – the address of Shea-Durgin Hall is 160 Burrill Avenue, Bridgewater, MA 02325. Once you drop off your student, you should proceed to the BSU Parking Garage.
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 10:00am. The Family Orientation program begins at 10:00am and concludes by 4:00 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.
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. Family Orientation is intended to provide you with the key information that you need to support your students' transition to Bridgewater State University.
If my student is a first-year, what time should I expect their orientation to end?
The First-Year Student Orientation is a two-day program. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on the first day and ends around 3:30 p.m. on the following day. It is an overnight orientation. Your student will receive separate communications about the orientation sessions and registration information.
What time is Family Orientation?
Plan to arrive at 10:00 a.m. for check in. There will be a lunch with programming that runs from 1:30-2:15pm. The day will conclude with a social event and optional campus tours. 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.
If you do not see the answer you are looking for, please call New Student and Family Programs at (508) 531-1840.