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New Student Orientation

Welcome

Welcome Class of 2021 to Bryant University!

Congratulations on your acceptance! You were chosen from many talented applicants from around the world, so your presence here is truly valued. Your transition to college can be both exciting and challenging, but we are here to guide you through it. The Bryant community prides itself in its ability to build new relationships and foster a sense of belonging, and we look forward to helping you create your future at Bryant.  

Our Orientation Leaders are ecstatic to see you this June. They have been training and planning for the past six months to create and implement the best Orientation program possible. They are a team of passionate representatives from all areas of our University. Their knowledge and experience will be helpful during your time at Bryant, so feel free to ask any questions you may have.

We understand this transition to college would not be possible without the help of your families, guardians, and friends. Your support network will have the opportunity to explore your campus, meet faculty, and learn about all the amazing resources Bryant has to offer.

As you embark on your journey through these next two days, please remember to stay true to yourself and remain authentic. Immerse yourself in the overall experience and be open to stepping outside of your comfort zone! Our goal is to prepare you for your transition from high school to college. The faculty, staff, and students at Bryant University will be here to welcome you with encouraging words and support.

We hope you are as excited as we are for you to become part of an amazing community and to see a snapshot of your future! 

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” - Abraham Lincoln

Amy Sullivan '19 and Elizabeth Oluokun '18

Staff Coordinators, 2017

FAQ

Among the most important activities during Orientation is the first-year course selection. In preparation for the fall semester, students will meet in small groups with an academic advisor to learn about the Bryant curriculum and discuss course options. On Day Two of Orientation, students will finalize their fall schedules. Students who are unable to attend will be scheduled for fall classes by an academic advisor.

Who should attend?
  • All first-year students, including commuter students: If you will be a commuter, it is especially important for you to participate in all Orientation events in order to meet other students, experience life on campus, and learn about the resources that are available to all Bryant students.
  • Parents: Bryant understands that your feelings are a mixture of hope and anxiety about your student’s success at college. Orientation is meant to help ease your concerns by providing you with opportunities to talk with members of the administration, faculty, and student body. Special sessions are designed to meet your needs and run concurrently with student programs. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your student’s academic and co-curricular pursuits, and interact with other families. We have found that those who attend the program benefit as much as the students. 
  • Multicultural/International students: A special program for multicultural and international students called 4MILE is held in addition to the June Orientation program and covers a variety of topics not addressed during Orientation. If you are a multicultural or international student, we hope that you are able to attend both Orientation and 4MILE.
Who should not attend?
  • Siblings: We encourage families to make arrangements for the care of siblings at home regardless of their age. Orientation is an event that requires full participation by parents and guardians and new Bryant students.
  • Transfer students: Transfer students will have their own Orientation program on Monday, September 4. More information will be mailed about this program in August.

Is the program just for incoming students?

The Orientation program is for you as well as your parents/guardians. While the focus is on you, a special program has been designed for your family members that will help answer questions, ease any concerns, and give the opportunity to meet with other families and interact with members of the Bryant faculty, staff and current student body.

What time does the program begin and end?

Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Hall 15 lobby on the first day of each Orientation session. The program will conclude at 2:30 p.m. on the second day, and check-out occurs from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. A tentative schedule outlining all the details of the program will be e-mailed to you after you register.

What if my parents/guardians can’t come with me?

Most students attend Orientation with at least one parent/adult family member, although many attend Orientation on their own. If you do choose to come on your own, don’t worry—you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with your future classmates, so you won’t be bored!

What if I can’t attend Orientation?

Each year, approximately 90 percent of the incoming student class attends Orientation; however, we understand that some students and families are unable to attend due to previous commitments. There will be other opportunities for incoming students to become more familiar with Bryant and its many services, most notably Opening Weekend. We also hope to see families of all Bryant students during Family & Friends Weekend.

I’ve also been invited to another program in August called 4MILE. Should I still come to Orientation in June?

Yes! The 4MILE program is a cultural and leadership program designed for first-year international and domestic multicultural students featuring workshops, presentations, and activities to jumpstart the transition to Bryant. Participants of 4MILE can attend both programs, however we realize that many international students are unable to attend Orientation. If you can't visit us in June,don’t worry—all the information you need as a first-year student will be provided to you during 4MILE.

Why is there an Orientation fee?

The fee helps to offset the cost of the overall program; the University itself pays for the majority of the expenses associated with Orientation. Past participants have often expressed that they felt the program was very valuable and that their money was well spent. The fee includes meals, printed materials, giveaways, and entertainment.

When will I register for my fall classes?

On Day One of Orientation, you will meet with the Undergraduate Advising staff to discuss course options and the Bryant curriculum. On Day Two, you will meet with Academic Advisors and register for your fall classes. By the end of Orientation, you will leave campus with your fall course schedule.

I’ve already visited campus several times. Do I really need to attend Orientation?

Orientation is a much more in-depth look for you and your parents/guardians about life at Bryant University and the issues surrounding the start of your college experience. It’s also an opportunity to meet and interact with your future classmates, and for families to connect with each other.

Do I have to stay on campus overnight?

You are required to stay in the campus residence halls, even if you live close by and plan to commute. We do this so you can get a true feeling for what being on campus is like, and so you have an opportunity to interact fully with other incoming students. Parents/guardians are also encouraged to stay on campus, although this is not required. ( Here is information about off-campus lodging.) Each year, about half the parents/family members stay in the residence halls overnight.

I have to travel from a distance, and it would be hard for me to get there for registration in the morning. Can I come early?

If you are traveling from a distance, we encourage you to register for early arrival and come to campus the night before. If you need to arrive the night before your session, please indicate this on the registration form. The additional cost for early arrival is $20 per person, and includes housing, linens and breakfast. Check-in for early arrivals is scheduled between 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Hall 15 lobby the evening prior to each Orientation session.

I am from out of state, and am flying into T.F. Green Airport. Can someone come and pick me up?

We understand that traveling by air may limit your options. Please know that the Office of Campus Engagement will do its best to accommodate your needs. When selecting your travel arrangements, please keep the following in mind:

  • T.F. Green is the closest airport to Bryant University, about a 30-minute drive from campus. Please select T.F. Green as you are making your travel arrangements. Due to the many preparation needs for Orientation, we are unable to provide transportation to and from Boston.
  • You have the option of taking the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) silver line from Boston’s Logan Airport to South Station. From South Station, take the Providence/Stoughton MBTA, which will bring you into the Providence train station; we can arrange pickup from this location. Check here for a full schedule.
  • If you need transportation from either T.F. Green Airport or the Providence train station, please notify us of your plans 5-7 days in advance, either by e-mail at oce@bryant.edu or calling the Office of Campus Engagement at (401) 232-6160. We will need detailed information about your travel plans and a cell phone number where you can be reached.
  • Early arrival is recommended when traveling long distances or by air. Early arrival registration begins at 6:30 p.m. the day before each session begins (June 11, 14, 18 and 21). On these days, transportation can be provided from T.F. Green Airport (PVD), Providence bus terminal (Kennedy Plaza), and the Providence train station between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Please plan accordingly.
  • Check-out on the last day of each Orientation session ends at 3 p.m. Transportation can be provided between 1 and 4 p.m. on checkout days to the above locations. Please plan accordingly.

When do I get my ID picture taken?

Students will have the opportunity to get their pictures taken for their Bryant ID card at Orientation. You will pick up your ID card in the fall when you move onto campus.

Do I have to take the math placement or language placement exam ahead of time?

Students are strongly encouraged to take these exams online prior to attending Orientation in June; you will receive information about this process shortly from the Undergraduate Advising office. Completing the exams before Orientation will allow you more time to get the most out of your Orientation experience.  If you are unable to complete the exam before attending Orientation in June, you will be able to complete it while you are on campus.

Resources

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Academics

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Career Planning

Financial aid

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Wellness and Safety

Information Services and Laptop Program

Maps

Online registration will start May 1.

  • Session 1 – June 12-13
  • Session 2 – June 15-16
  • Session 3 – June 19-20
  • Session 4 – June 22-23

Transfer orientation will be Sept. 4.

CONTACT

Office of Campus Engagement
Phone: (401) 232-6160
Email: oce@bryant.edu