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First Year Student Orientation

Your Crimson & White Experience

Welcome to Bridgewater State University! At BSU, our highest priority is to ensure that all members of the campus community are safe and healthy.


The orientation team (OTEAM) is committed to offering an engaging orientation experience for all new students that includes support and guidance from orientation leaders and staff, along with opportunity to make connections with new Bears and discover the wide array of BSU resources.

The goal of the orientation process is to provide students with the information and support they need for a smooth transition to BSU!

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Crimson & White Beginnings is a virtual online orientation experience that first year students complete. It is an opportunity for new students to explore BSU and the wide array of resources available to support their success.

Dive into your Crimson and White beginnings now »

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This welcome call will walk through the orientation process and highlight the critical steps for your success. You can get ready by reviewing the First Year Student Checklist and preparing and questions you might have.

An orientation leader helps a new student

After watching the recorded PAW (Pre-Advising Workshop) sessions found below, students can attend a PAW Pitstop to ask a current BSU student questions about registration and the systems you used to register. The Pitstop Team meets on the following dates. 

Thursday, Jan. 7, 3-4:30 p.m. 

Monday, Jan. 11, 3-4:30 p.m. 

Join us on Zoom
Meeting ID: 823 3593 9827 
Passcode: BSU 

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Crimson & White Day

Save the Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
1-3:30 p.m.

Crimson & White Day is a virtual orientation experience that provides new students the opportunity to connect with fellow classmates, BSU student leaders and the greater BSU community.

New first year and transfer students will receive an email with the link in early January.

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Bear Essentials for Academic Success

Save the Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021
10 am or 2 pm: You Choose!

Bear Essentials for Academic Success is a virtual orientation experience that provides new first year students the opportunity to meet with their advisor in the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) to learn about their BSU degree requirements, what to expect in the first semester, academic supports available to them, and tips on succeeding in online and hybrid courses.

A link to this event will be emailed to students one week before the event.

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Virtual Bear Plaza

Jan. 14, 2021 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jan. 26, 202111 a.m.- 1 p.m.

This virtual fair is an opportunity for both students and family members to connect with departments and organizations. Staff, faculty and students will be available to introduce you to their services and answer any questions.

Information about how to connect to these events was sent to student and family email addresses. Please contact orientation@bridgew.edu if you did not get this information.

PAW (Pre-Advising Workshop) Videos

New students should watch all recorded PAW sessions to prepare for and learn about the registration process. If you have any trouble with what you learned from the recorded PAW sessions, like navigating InfoBear or DegreeWorks, drop in to one of the PAW Pitstops listed above. 
YouTube Videos
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PAW 4 - Advising & AAC
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PAW 5 - Next Steps
A sample connect card
The Connect Card is the official Bridgewater State University identification card. Submit your photo online and we will process and mail the ID card to you.
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Download the Mobile App

By downloading the BSU Mobile App, new students are connected to resources and fellow classmates.

Watch this video tutorial on how to use the app and find other new Bears.

 

Apple App Store »
Google Play »

Campus Resources and Offices

BSU's comprehensive array of programs assists students in reaching their intellectual pursuits in a warm and friendly environment. Our campus provides a safe, supportive culture for all students and offers a wide range of services to help with housing, academic support, internships and career planning.
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Virtual Bear Plaza

Jan. 14, 2021 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jan. 26, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

This virtual fair is an opportunity for both students and family members to connect with departments and organizations. Staff, faculty and students will be available to introduce you to their services and answer any questions.

YouTube Videos

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