June Family Orientation
Welcome to the Bridgewater State University Community! We are excited your student chose to be a BSU bear! June Family Orientation is open to all families of new first-year and transfer students. We are looking forward to your arrival on campus.
There are five Family Orientation sessions during the month of June. These occur on the first day of the two-day orientation program that is offered for new first-year students. Please note that the first-year student orientation is a separate, two-day program with separate registration.
For parents of new first-year students, please select the date the works best with your schedule. Many families select the session dates that correspond to their first-year students' orientation. For families of transfer students, you may select any of the dates that work best for your schedule.
For those who cannot attend in June, please check out our orientation options offered in August.
For Summer 2019
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.
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
Please check back for a tentative schedule for June Family Orientation.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Please check back in spring 2019 for more detailed information about the June Family Orientation 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. 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.