First-Year Orientation

First-Year Orientation

First-Year Orientation

Orientation plays an important role in new student success at Bridgewater State University. The goals for the program include providing students with an opportunity to meet an academic advisor who will help them register for their semester courses. In addition, Orientation will help new students to acclimate to campus as well as build relationships that will last throughout college. There is a separate orientation for parents of BSU first-year students. Please visit the Family Orientation site for more information.

First-Year Student Checklist

Once students have deposited, they will receive a comprehensive checklist to prepare them to transition to BSU. The checklist, outlined below, will help students walk through all necessary steps that they will need to begin their semester. Students should regularly check the email account which they used to apply to the university for more details and links related to this checklist.

  1. Sign up for Placement Testing
  2. Register for your Orientation Session
  3. Complete you Student Health Record
  4. Submit Final High School Transcript and AP Scores
  5. Submit your Housing Agreement (if living on campus)
  6. Verify your BSU User Account

January 2019 Orientation (for Spring 2019 First-Year students)

January Orientation for new-first year students will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Below is an overview of the day. Students should check the email address they used to apply to the university for additional information and registration instructions.

The day will start off at The Dana Mohler Faria Center for Mathematics and Science building (DMF) Room 120 at 8:00 a.m. This is a one-day program. All new students must attend the entirety of the program. The program is scheduled to conclude around 4 pm. Please park in the Spring Street Lot.

At orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Meet other incoming Bears
    • Work with the Academic Achievement Center to build your spring semester schedule
    • Receive important resources 
    • make connections to BSU!

If you require any other special accommodations (dietary restrictions, etc.) please be sure to contact New Student & Family Programs at or (508) 531-1840.

Summer 2019 Orientation (for Fall 2019 First-Year students)

First-year students are required to attend a two-day orientation program in the month of June to prepare them for the fall semester. Students will receive more information and registration instructions at the email address they used to apply to BSU. 

Session 1: Thursday, June 6 - Friday, June 7 
Family Orientation: Thursday, June 6 

Session 2: Monday, June 10 - Tuesday, June 11 
Family Orientation: Monday, June 10 

Session 3: Thursday, June 13 - Friday, June 14 
Family Orientation: Thursday, June 13 

Session 4: Monday, June 17 - Tuesday, June 18 
Family Orientation: Monday, June 17 

Session 5: Thursday, June 20 - Friday, June 21 
Family Orientation: Thursday, June 20 

Session 6: Tuesday, August 27
Family Orientation: Tuesday, August 27

PLEASE NOTE: Registration information is emailed to students.