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First Year Student Orientation

Your Crimson & White Experience

Orientation is not just an event at BSU— it is an engaging process that begins from the moment a new first year student deposits to the end of their first semester! At BSU this is called the “Crimson & White Experience.” Throughout the orientation process students will get to know the campus community, meet classmates, select a course schedule and get a glimpse of all that Bridgewater has to offer.

Students are encouraged to bookmark this website and regularly check back. This page will be updated often with important details, updates and new opportunities about their Crimson & White Experience.

If you have any questions about the Orientation Process, please reach out! You can contact us at either 508-531-1840 or

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Placement Testing

Students must complete Math and Writing placement to choose spring classes and meet with an advisor in the Academic Achievement Center.

Register Today!

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Crimson & White Beginnings

Advising, Registration and Financial Success

Plug in today to this self-guided tool that will introduce you to the advising and registration process, tips for financial success, ways to get involved and explore BSU’s many resources.

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Advising and Registration

After completing placement testing, students receive their personalized Advising Welcome email with recommended courses to register for and the link to sign up for their individual advising appointment.

Please register and make your appointment ASAP upon receiving the email.

During the advising appointment, advisors will finalize course schedules and answer questions!

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Crimson & White Day

January 11 (Snow Date Jan. 13)
1:30 - 4 p.m.

Join us for this high energy event that provides an opportunity for you to connect with BSU resources and new Bears. Get ready to build connections and have some fun!

Register Today!

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Bear Essentials for Academic Success

January 12
10 - 11 a.m. or 2 - 3 p.m.

Bear Essentials for Academic Success is a live-streamed program that allows incoming students to review their degree requirements, first year advising programming, and resources for a successful academic semester!

Students will attend one of the two listed sessions based on their availability. Event details and the link to RSVP will be sent to the student's email.

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Bear Connections

Bear Connections is a program that runs throughout the first semester. All new first year students are connected to a trained student leader who serves as a peer guide as they navigate the ins and outs of being a new bear!
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This required course addresses critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking and provides students with resources and support services available at BSU. Further instructions will be sent to the student’s email.

Access SPARC by logging in to your Blackboard account.

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The Connect Card is the official Bridgewater State University identification card. Please submit your photo for your new Connect Card today. 
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Download the Mobile App

The BSU Mobile app is where you can connect with New Bears on the New Student Wall. Log in today using your BSU email address and password.

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


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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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