Hey Class of 2027! We are excited to offer an in-person program in June for all new first-year students.

Office of Student Events and Orientation Programs

Jess Raffaele, Assistant Dean, Student Leadership and Experience
Student Events and Orientation Programs &
Center for Student Leadership and Involvement
(401) 232-6993

Welcome new Bulldogs! New Student Orientation is your best introduction to campus life. It’s where you’ll meet and connect with fellow students, staff, and faculty, get acclimated to our campus community, build a course schedule, learn about important resources and opportunities, and get excited for the fall semester!

This program is required for all new students, and optional for family members. The two-day overnight experience introduces you to residence halls, the dining hall, and navigating your way around campus. Students will stay overnight in the residence hall, while family members can stay in a local hotel. 

“Orientation allows our students to connect with faculty, staff, and peers and forge lifetime connections," says Dr. Inge-Lise Ameer, Vice President for Student Affairs. "Beginning their Bryant experience in person will start the process of developing lifelong friendships, mentoring opportunities, and their path of how they will contribute to the Bryant community.”

  • Session 1: Monday, June 12 - Tuesday, June 13
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 15 - Friday, June 16
  • Session 3: Thursday, June 22 - Friday, June 24
  • Session 4: Monday, June 26 – Tuesday, June 27

Registration for Orientation will open in mid-May 2023

Welcome Week takes place right before the fall semester as a continuation of New Student Orientation. All new first year and transfer students will attend presentations, meet friends, and get prepared to begin classes.

Support will continue virtually through the summer, as well as during Welcome Week prior to the fall semester, to continue the conversations from Orientation and maintain a level of support as you acclimate to life on campus. You will also have the opportunity to engage in events throughout the first semester to address questions that come up, build important skill sets, and make connections through a series of weekly programming.

Families will be welcomed back to campus for Family and Friends Weekend in Fall 2023.

At Orientation you will:

  • learn about course selection and register for your classes;
  • become more familiar with the campus;
  • meet many of your classmates and make connections with staff and faculty;
  • gain understanding of community standards and expectations;
  • learn about academic expectations, campus life, leadership and involvement opportunities; technology; dining options; financial wellbeing; health and wellness; and much more!

More information will be available closer to June to guide you and your families through the program.

Welcome Week continues the conversation from New Student Orientation, guiding new students through resources, living on campus, presentations, social gatherings, and other informative sessions and campus traditions. 

If you are attending 4MILE, you can find more information here. Attendees for 4MILE will join Welcome Week upon completion of the 4MILE program to meet the rest of Class of 2026.

New transfer students can plan to move in prior to Welcome Week and attend a one-day Transfer Student Orientation September 1, then join Welcome Week with the rest of the new students. Dates will be announced soon.

New Commuter Students can plan on attending a Welcome Program on September 1 prior to Welcome Week - and then join Welcome Week activities after. 


Bulldog Beginnings is a programming series designed specifically for new students as they navigate their first semester on campus. Orientation Leaders will host weekly events to help answer questions as they come up, continue to meet other students, and keep learning about resources and opportunities.

Family and Friends Weekend: Save the Date for Fall 2023 so families can plan to come back to campus for some festive fall fun. More information will be available over the summer at www.bryant.edu/ffw