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First Year Student Orientation

Get Started Now

New students are guided through the registration process with the support of an Academic Advisor from the Academic Achievement Center (AAC). The goal of this registration process is for new students to have a complete schedule as they prepare for their first semester at BSU. Students will create the first draft of their schedule on their own and then work with their AAC Academic Advisor to finalize it.

If you have any questions about the Advising and Registration process, please reach out to the Academic Achievement Center at either 508.531.1214 or

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Placement Testing

Students must complete their Bridgewater Elementary Algebra Readiness (BEAR) Exam as well as submit their English essay to choose spring classes and meet with an advisor in the Academic Achievement Center. Completing all placement testing by December 5 will ensure you are able to register at the earliest possible time.

View information on Math and English placement testing.




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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. Advising Welcome emails will begin being sent to students’ BSU email mid-December. 

During the advising appointment, advisors will welcome students to BSU, finalize their course schedules, and answer any other questions students have to prepare for their first semester.

Your Crimson 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 Experience.” If you have any questions about the Crimson  Experience, please reach out to Orientation at 508.531.1840 or

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The Bear Launch welcome call is a required first step for new first year students to kickstart their Crimson Experience. Students will receive an email from with an assigned date and time for a 1:1 phone call with an Orientation Leader.
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Bear Huddle

Your Bear Huddle is a required step for new first year students that will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 1:30 - 4 p.m.  This half day program will allow you to make connections with your peers and get important information as a new BSU Bear.
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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!

Get Connected

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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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Engage BSU

Explore. Experience. Lead

EngageBSU is the official involvement platform for getting connected to the BSU community.  
Students can sign in with their BSU email and password to begin to explore events and various organizations to join.




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Helpful Videos

View helpful how-to videos for new bears!