Students who have been accepted to Bridgewater College and have paid their $300 deposit are eligible to attend orientation sessions. Orientation helps incoming students and their parents become familiar with the Bridgewater College community and emphasizes how to transition into college life. Led by faculty, staff and trained student leaders known as Soar Mentors, orientation provides information about academic programs, student services, housing options, student organizations, intercollegiate athletics, financial aid and campus events. Students also take placement tests in math and world language to help determine their course enrollment for the fall semester. Faculty advisors assist students with their registration questionnaire during orientation.
Two summer orientation sessions are offered to students, as well as a transfer orientation session.
Welcome Week for Undergraduate Students
Welcome Week takes place when new students arrive on campus in the fall and is the final piece of the orientation process. The week’s events are designed to assist students in the transition to becoming successful Bridgewater College students. During Welcome Week, students complete the registration process; meet faculty, staff and upperclass students; and participate in many interactive activities specifically designed to aid in the transition to Bridgewater College.
Graduate Student Orientation
Graduate programs directly schedule orientation for their admitted students. Information regarding program-specific orientation will be communicated to the student from the graduate program. Graduate students are not expected to participate in the orientation program designed for undergraduate students.