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Orientation is an important first step in becoming a BC Eagle! We’re excited for you to have the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff and current students through a variety of sessions. Every college approaches orientation differently, but at Bridgewater, orientation happens in two parts: Summer Orientation and Fall Welcome Week.

BC Families, you are invited to join us to learn more about what it means to have a BC Eagle in your family. See information below about the Family Orientation virtual event.

First-Year Students Enrolling for Fall 2022

Soar mentor leading a group of students on a tour of campus

Step 1: First-Year Student Summer Soar Orientation

We highly encourage and invite you and your family to connect and engage in one of the following in-person, on-campus orientation days. This is a half-day visit to campus for students and their family members to connect and engage with campus resources, explore academic opportunities and connect with faculty members. Bonus: you’ll leave with lots of BC swag!

During Summer Soar Orientation, you and your family will:

  • Examine the transition from high school to college.
  • Meet current students to explore the campus and connect with campus resources.
  • Explore the academic experience while connecting with faculty.
  • Review BC’s curriculum as you start the process to register for your fall courses.

Spots are limited. Sign up to reserve yours by noon on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

Summer Soar Orientation Dates:

  • June 24 at 12:30 p.m. Click HERE to register.
  • June 25 at 8:30 a.m. Click HERE to register.
  • June 27 at 8:30 a.m. Click HERE to register.

Woman holding sign that says welcome Bridgewater College first years

Step 2: Welcome Week

For new, first-year students, Welcome Week is a mandatory part of your first-year experience. August 18 is the day that you’ll join our Bridgewater community. Welcome Week is designed for you to meet your FILA 150 classmates and a Soar Mentor, to learn expectations of living in the BC community and to provide resources to enhance your academic success. Welcome Week is your first step in discovering how you belong in the BC Community.

Transfer Students Enrolling for Fall 2022

Soar Mentor talking to group of students inside

Step 1: Transfer Student Summer Soar Orientation

We highly encourage and invite you and your family to connect and engage in this in-person, on-campus orientation day. This is a half-day visit to campus for students and their family members to connect and engage with campus resources, explore academic opportunities and connect with faculty members. Bonus: you’ll leave with lots of BC swag!

During this time, you and your family will:

  • Meet current students to explore the campus and connect with campus resources.
  • Explore the academic experience while connecting with faculty.
  • Review BC’s curriculum and register for your fall courses.

Spots are limited. Sign up to reserve yours by noon on Friday, July 8, 2022.

  • July 11 at 8:30 a.m. Click HERE to register.

Family at Orientation

Step 2: Welcome Day

Transfer students, please mark your calendars for Sunday, August 21. Your mandatory Welcome Day will help you become acclimated to BC, meet FILA 350 classmates and professors, and make sure you are ready for your first day of class.

This is your first step towards discovering how you belong in the BC community.

If you have any questions, email orientation@bridgewater.edu.

BC Family Orientation:
From Your Nest to Ours

Family checking in at orientation

Welcome to the BC Family! Join us on August 4 at 7 p.m. for this virtual session. Get the scoop on what you need to know about moving your student to campus and their transition to becoming a BC student, as well as meet BC administrators and other families. Register by July 14, and you will receive a “BC Welcome Kit” in the mail.

Families who attend virtual Family Orientation will:

  • Learn ways to support their student’s transition to BC in the first semester and beyond.
  • Hear from Campus Resources on how to challenge and support your students as they learn to advocate for themselves.
  • Feel prepared with expectations for Move-In Day and Welcome Week.

Spots are limited. Sign up for your virtual seat by Friday, July 29, 2022.

Questions? Contact us!

Student Life
Phone: (540) 828-5380
orientation@bridgewater.edu