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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with an assigned date and time for a 1:1 phone call with an Orientation Leader.
Your BSU Checkpoint is a required step for new first year students. During this program, you will be able to confirm items on your Checklist and make connections with your peers! This program is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a family program offered at the same time. We are offering 6 in person sessions and 1 virtual session in June. Your assigned date and details will be sent to your BSU email.
A variety of interactive events provided each day for new BSU students to make connections, learn about BSU and engage with the BSU community.
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!
Students must submit their English essay to choose classes and meet with an advisor in the Academic Achievement Center. Completing all placement testing by May 12 will ensure you are able to register at the earliest possible time.
Students must complete their Bridgewater Elementary Algebra Readiness (BEAR) Exam to choose classes and meet with an advisor in the Academic Achievement Center. Completing all placement testing by May 12 will ensure you are able to register at the earliest possible time.
Advising and Registration
After completing Math and English placement testing, students will receive their personalized Advising Welcome email to their BSU 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 accounts in late May.
During the advising appointment, advisors will finalize course schedules, begin building the advising relationship, and any answer questions students have to help them feel prepared to start at BSU.
Accommodations and Accessibility
If you have a disability and need to request accommodations or campus mobility/access planning, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 508.531.2194 or SAS@bridgew.edu.
The BSU orientation staff—a.k.a. OTEAM—is beyond excited to meet you!
These student leaders will start connecting with new students from the time you deposit and will remain an important resource throughout their first semester. They will reach out by phone and on virtual platforms, and they cannot wait to meet all our new Bears in person.