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
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,the address is 451 Great Hill Drive, Bridgewater, MA 02325." The Parking Garage is letter "S" on the campus map. There will be a shuttle service to take you to the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC) for check in - building number "10" on the campus map.
Shuttle Bus Service
The Shuttle Stop will be located outside of the back entrance of the garage by the elevator. If the shuttle is not there when you arrive, please be patient while it makes its way back from the other side of campus – there could be a 10-15 minute wait.
For those who prefer to walk (approximately 10 minutes), exit the garage at the same back entrance by the elevator and follow the walking signs and white feather flags. Orientation Leaders in red polos will also be out on campus at various location to direct you to the check-in location in the Rondileau Campus Center (GPS: 19 Park Ave). Weather permitting it is a wonderful way to experience the beautiful BSU campus.
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.
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. 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.
Arrival and Check In Information
Once you arrive, make your way to the Rondileau Campus Center (GPS: 19 Park Ave) for check in. Check in begins at 8 am for both family members and students. The program starts at 9 am in the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium for both students and family members. After the opening sessions, family members break out to their program separate from the student. The day will end at Bear Plaza where family members can meet up with their students to say goodbyes before leaving for the day.
Please refer to Parking and Directions and the day’s schedule to assist you in planning your arrival to campus.
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.
|8 - 9 a.m.||Check In||RCC Auditorium Foyer|
|9 - 9:10 a.m.||Welcome||Program opens with new students and parents welcomed to BSU.||RCC Auditorium|
|9:10 - 10 a.m.||Let's Get Real||Students and parents will enjoy student created and directed skits to help introduce college life at BSU.||RCC Auditorium|
|10:15 - 10:25 a.m.||Family Welcome||Meet the family orientation staff and an overview of the family program.||RCC Ballroom|
|10:25 - 11 a.m.||Support Your Bear's Academic Journey||Learn about the services offered by the Academic Achievement Center and the Registrar's Office.||RCC Ballroom|
|11 - 11:35 a.m.||Bear Necessities||Learn about the Connect Card (student ID), meal plans, flex dollars, parking, the bookstore, mail services and more.||RCC Ballroom|
|11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.||Lunch||Experience lunch in a dining hall with BSU faculty and staff excited to talk with you about the college transition and answer any questions.||RCC Ballroom|
|12:15 - 12:50 p.m.|
1 - 1:35 p.m.
|Your Bear's Wellbeing||Meet representatives from the Wellness Center, University Police, Title IX and Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center.||DMF Science and Math Center, Room 120/122|
|12:15 - 12:50 p.m.|
1 - 1:35 p.m.
|Your Bear's Finances||Meet representatives from Financial Aid and Student Accounts.||DMF Science and Math Center, Room 120/122|
|1:40 - 2:15 p.m.||Bears Living on Campus||Get information from Resicence Life and Housing staff about your student living in the residence hall.||DMF Science and Math Center, Room 120|
|1:40 - 2:15 p.m.||Bears on the Go||Learn more about the social and academic transitions commuter students experience.||DMF Science and Math Center, Room 122|
|2:25 - 3:00 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.||DMF Science and Math Center|
|3:15 - 4:15 p.m.||Bear Plaza and Family Reception||You and your student will connect with various offices and organizations. End your day at the Family Reception.||Tinsley Center|
|3:15 - 4:30 p.m.||Campus Tours||Experience the beautiful BSU campus by shuttle or on foot with a tour led by an orientation leader.|
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.
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 8 a.m. on the first day and the program ends around 4 p.m. on the following day. It is an overnight orientation. Your student will receive separate communications about the orientation sessions and registration information.
Can I bring my student home with me?
The family orientation program concludes in the afternoon on the first day of the student's two-day orientation. All first-year students are required to stay for the overnight program to complete sessions that are mandatory prior to entering as a new student in the Fall. Because of this, students will not be able to go home with their families. Orientation is a great opportunity for your student to make friends and participate in different activities found on campus.
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 11:35-12:10pm. The day will conclude with a family reception at Bear Plaza where you will have an opportunity to say goodbye to your student. You can expect the program to end at 4:15 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.
If you do not see the answer you are looking for, please call New Student and Family Programs at (508) 531-1840.