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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.

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Crimson & White Beginnings

Available NOW

Advising, Registration and Financial Success

This self-guided tool will introduce you to the advising and registration process, and the academic support available to you at BSU. It will also provide you with the information you need to live on or off campus and tips for financial success.

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Getting to Know BSU

Available in July

This is a guide to explore the BSU community, ways to get involved and all the resources available to students.

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Bear Launch

Schedule TODAY! 

The Bear Launch welcome call is an important first step for new students to kickstart their Crimson & White Experience. Students should schedule as soon as possible by opting for a 1: 1 phone call or a small group chat via zoom.

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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. The emails will begin the week of May 24th, and the appointments begin June 1st. During the advising appointment, advisors will finalize course schedules and answer questions!

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Bear Huddle


The Bear Huddle is an opportunity for first year students to connect with their peers through fun, interactive group activities led by Orientation leaders. Bear Huddle is a virtual two-hour program on designated dates in June. 
Schedule your Bear Huddle today!

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Virtual Bear Plaza

July 27 and 28

Virtual Bear Plaza is a fun, interactive online event that connects students directly to departments who are eager to share their resources and services. Event times and more information will be sent to your BSU email in early July.

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Crimson & White Day

August 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
August 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Crimson & White Day is a live-streamed event that provides new students the opportunity to meet members of the current BSU community and chance to start to build those lifelong connections with fellow bears! Students will receive an email with the link to their assigned date in July. 

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Bear Essentials for Academic Success

August 24

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! 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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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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