Orientation 2020

New Student Orientation is the best way to prepare for your life as a Bryant Bulldog and the first step toward being successful and informed while at Bryant University. We cannot wait to meet you!

Office of Student Events and Orientation Programs

Jess Raffaele, Associate Director
(401) 232-6993

Orientation dates

Registration for Orientation will open in late spring.

There are four sessions. You can register for one of the following:

  • Session One: June 15-16
  • Session Two: June 18-19
  • Session Three: June 22-23
  • Session Four: June 25-26

Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will close once they have reached capacity.  A link will be emailed to the student email address listed on your CommonApp or Universal College App.

To register online, you will need to know your Bryant account user name and password, which is located in your Admitted Student portal.

Please indicate your choices for session dates in order of preference. We will try to accommodate your first choice.

Attendance is mandatory.

We have designed Orientation to give you an individually tailored experience to provide the tools and important resources needed for a successful academic journey. You are expected to attend all sessions throughout the two days to maximize your experience and get questions answered before arriving in the fall. Research shows that for the most recent graduating class, attending orientation resulted in students being twice as likely to graduate within four years. If extenuating circumstances prohibit your attendance at one of the four sessions in June, you will need to attend the fall one-day program during Welcome Weekend prior to the start of the fall semester. To discuss this option, please contact Jess Raffaele, Associate Director in the Office of Students and Orientation Programs at orientation@bryant.edu

Other important dates

  • Welcome Weekend: Sept. 5-7, 2020
  • Family and Friends Weekend: Oct. 23-25, 2020. Registration for this event will open in the summer.

At Orientation you will: 

  • participate in variety of activities and workshops; 

  • 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 course selection and register for your classes; 

  • learn information and resources regarding academic expectations, campus life, leadership and involvement opportunities; technology; dining options; financial wellbeing; health and wellness; and much more! 

Download the Orientation schedule and resources here.

Download the at-a-glance family schedule here

Download the at-a-glance student schedule here

Some students attend Orientation with at least one family member, and many attend Orientation on their own.

We have found that family members who attend the program benefit as much as the students! We understand that there can be a mix of feelings and concerns about a student’s success at college, and families go through a transition as well. Bryant's New Student Orientation has a program track designed just for families and parents. These tracks take place concurrent with your sessions. Family members will have the opportunity to talk with members of the administration, faculty, and student leaders, and to learn more about student resources.

Because Orientation requires full participation by you and your family, we encourage families to make arrangements for the care of siblings at home regardless of their age. 

Yes. All students are required to stay in the campus residence halls, even if you live close by and/or plan to commute in the fall. Off-campus lodging information for families is available here.

If you are a first-year international and/or domestic multicultural student, you may have been invited to another program in August called 4MILE, a cultural and leadership program featuring workshops, presentations, and activities to jumpstart the transition to Bryant.

Registration for 4MILE opens in early June.

If you are a multicultural or international student, we hope you are able to attend Orientation as well as 4MILE. We realize that many international students are unable to attend Orientation due to distance. 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. 

Transfer students have their own Orientation program before the fall semester begins during Welcome Weekend. More information will be sent about this program in August. 

Refunds will be made if a telephone call or a letter of cancellation is received five days prior to your scheduled arrival. Telephone calls must be confirmed in writing. Under special circumstances, a request to change sessions may be honored. Requests must be received a minimum of five days prior to the program and is subject to space availability. 

Please indicate on the registration form any special needs/accommodations you or a family member may need. Contact us at orientation@bryant.edu with any questions or accommodations.

Off-campus lodging

Parents/Family who are attending will need to make reservations at a hotel or motel in the area.

Off-campus lodging