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Checklist for Fall 2020 First Year Students

1. Check Your BSU Email Account

  • Start to use your BSU email today! It was sent from BSU Accounts ( to the personal email address provided in your application.
    • IMPORTANT: update your personal email from your BSU admissions account portal with your NEW BSU email address - not doing this will result in not moving forward in completing the remaining steps and missed information.
      • Sign in
      • Select update profile
      • Update your email
      • Save changes and close
  • All information is sent to your BSU email.
  • If you have any questions about accessing your account, please contact IT support at 508.531.2555 or

2. Complete Placement Testing

  • To be eligible to move on to the course registration process, placement testing in Math and writing must be completed.
  • Register for your placement testing and access the mandatory essay prompt.
  • If you have a documented disability and need to request testing accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 508.531.2194 or

3. Complete Your Course Registration Process

  • Please watch the recorded PAW sessions to prepare for and learn about the registration process. These PAW sessions can be easily accessed on the orientation website.
  • If you have any trouble with what you learned from the recorded PAW sessions, like navigating InfoBear or DegreeWorks, drop into a PAW Pitstop. The PAW Pitstop is an opportunity to ask a current BSU student your questions about registration and the systems you’ll use to register. The Pitstop Team meets every Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom. You can join by going to the student orientation website.   
  • Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. You will receive an email in the coming weeks from the Academic Achievement Center to schedule your 1:1 advising appointment. Please continue to monitor your BSU email.
  • Create your schedule in preparation for your 1 on 1 appointment!
  • You are now officially cleared to select and register your Fall 2020 classes.

4. Download the BSU Mobile App and Join the New Bears Wall

  • The BSU Mobile App includes access to campus resources, your class schedule, campus map and more.
  • You can log in on the app as soon as you have your BSU User Account! Use your full email address and your newly created password to see all the features. 
  • Once you log in:
    • Navigate to Campus Services (the second tab)
    • Scroll to the “New Bears” section
    • Select “New First Year” tile  
    • Then “Join the New Student Wall” to connect to your fellow New Bears! 

5. Reserve Your Room On-Campus Housing!

  • First, submit your $250 housing deposit.
  • You will then receive instructions to complete your Residence Hall License Agreement via BSU email, where you will select your meal plan and complete your Roommate Matching Profile.  
  • Information to select your room online and prepare you for your move onto campus is sent via email.
  • All information will be sent to your BSU email (refer to step 1)from Residence Life and Housing. 

6. Complete Your Crimson & White Beginnings

  • It's time for you to dive in and explore Bridgewater State University as a new bear.
  • Crimson & White Beginnings is important step of your orientation process.
  • Please note: When you log in, the username is case sensitive. For example, is different than
  • Be sure to complete this virtual experience by Sept. 2.

7. Share Parent/Guardian Engagement Opportunities

  • Parents/Guardians are sent information about family programs and other ways to connect to BSU.
  • This information is sent to the email you provided for your parent/guardian on the admission application. 
  • If you or your parent/guardian would like more information, visit

8. Complete the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)

  • Complete this survey as soon as you are able and no later than Sept. 2. 
  • Instructions will be sent to your BSU email (refer to step 1).

9. Attend Crimson & White Days

  • The Bear community is awaiting your arrival!
  • Crimson & White Days connect you to your fellow classmates, BSU student leaders and the greater BSU community.
  • Crimson & White Days take place on August 12 or 13.
  • Your Crimson & White Day will be assigned and sent to your BSU email (refer to step 1) in July.

10. Submit Final High School Transcript and AP Scores

  • Final high school transcript must be received as soon as possible and no later than September 2, 2020.
  • Have your transcript sent to or by mail to the Office of Admission Welcome Center, 45 Plymouth Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325.
  • Do you have AP scores? Depending on the score, you can earn college credit!
  • Request CollegeBoard to send your scores directly using code #3517 for BSU.

11. Complete the SPARC Course

  • Complete SPARC: The Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course will be available on your Blackboard dashboard. Completion of this course is required for all incoming BSU students.
  • Deadline to complete the course is September 4, 2020.
  • Instructions will be sent to your BSU email (refer to step 1)with information on how to access the course.

12. Complete Your Student Health Forms

Go Bears!