So, you’re coming to Transfer Orientation? Congratulations on choosing Bridgewater State University! The BSU staff, faculty, and Student Orientation Leaders have been training for and preparing for your arrival! To make the transition to your new educational environment smooth and stress free we invite you to attend one of our Transfer Orientation sessions.
When you arrive and check in at Bridgewater State University for the beginning of your Transfer Orientation session, if you have not already, you will have a chance to meet with one of our helpful Academic Advisers and make any class schedule changes if they are necessary. You will also have time to stop by the Academic Exploration Fair and speak with the department head of your new major or minor.
Afterwards, join in to hear about what being a scholar at Bridgewater State University is like, the Dean of BSU’s Welcome, and a speech from the Dean of the college that your intended major belongs to.
Depending on your intended major, you will then break up into different groups and listen to the department head of your major speak about your future course of study and corresponding semiannual advising.
In the afternoon, after a complimentary lunch break, you will have the opportunity to talk and ask questions to representatives from our on campus offices and resources, take a campus walking tour, and of course pick up your official Bridgewater State University ID, which is called a Connect Card.
We hope to provide all of Bridgewater State University’s transfer students with a positive and informative first look at their new university. Upon leaving orientation, we hope that all transfer students will feel comfortable, prepared, and eager to start their first academic semester with BSU.
If at any time you feel lost or have a question, please find one of our Orientation Leaders (they are dressed in the red polo shirts). They are happy to help!
The Involvement Network, or IN, is an awesome resource for all members of the BSU Community. If you’re looking to join a club on campus, there is a page on IN for each organization detailing its mission, meeting time and contact information. If you’re looking for something to do with your free time, IN has information about most of the events occurring on campus in the next few weeks. Accessing the Involvement Network is easy and quick to do. Simply go to bridge.edu/in. In the top right corner, you’ll see a link to log in. Click on it. Your username is the same username you have for your BSU email, i.e. everything before the @ in your BSU email. Your password is the same password you use for your BSU email.
Once you log in, you’ll be directed to a virtual bulletin board with information about upcoming events. To obtain more details about an event, just click on that particular virtual flyer. Sometimes, events, particularly off-campus ones, will require you to sign up in advance. Many times this is done right through the Involvement Network.
You can also explore potential organizations to join by selecting “Organizations” in the top left hand corner of IN. This will bring you to a directory of all registered clubs on campus. Click on each individual group to find out more information. If you decide that you really like a specific group and you’d like to let them know that you’re interested in joining as a member, click on the “Join Organization” button on the top of that group’s page. This will send that club’s main contact person a request for membership on your behalf.
Everyone on IN also has a profile. This includes a photo of yourself, your preferences and interests, privacy and notification settings, and all of your current and previous memberships. It’s sort of similar to your Facebook profile. To update your profile, simply click on your name on the top left side of IN.
And that’s it! You now know how to use the Involvement Network! Be sure to check it regularly for the latest updates about opportunities in the BSU community!
Hello, incoming students!
The Office of Second Language Services is looking forward to seeing you around campus next fall. We’d like to introduce ourselves and give a little background about what we do: our office provides support for those students who speak English as an additional language. We give feedback to students in the following areas: academic English, conversational English, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural issues.
We encourage you to sign up for our conversation partner program, where second language students are matched up with a native English speaker; conversation partners meet once per week for the entire semester and receive individualized feedback on language skills.
If you’re interested in learning more about the program, feel free to visit our desk (located in the Academic Achievement Center in the Maxwell Library). We also encourage students to browse our website at http://www.bridgew.edu/sls, or email the director, Dr. Julia Stakhnevich, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stop by to introduce yourself; we’re excited to work with you next year!
Your education. Your bookstore.
As you begin your college adventure, you’ll need support – from your family, from your professors, and from your fellow students. You will also need a place you can trust to have the right stuff at the right time and the right price: The BSU Bookstore. Our team of experts ensures that we have the course materials and supplies you need to succeed and can assist you with any questions you may have.
Value and Convenience.
We have a direct connection with your instructors, meaning that we know exactly which materials you need each term. Also, because you have unique study needs and priorities, the BSU Bookstore offer a number of textbook formats to suit your unique situation. You can buy new, used, or digital books, and you can even rent your books. If you are not sure which format suits you best, or if you are not sure what materials you need for your classes, our associates will be happy to help. You can be confident that our team will help you get the right materials at the right time.
Delivering Savings & Choice.
No two students learn the same way or have identical budgets or priorities. That’s why we offer the convenience and flexibility to let you decide how, when, and where you get your textbooks.
Rent-A-Text: Save on average 50% or more when you rent your textbooks
Digital: Save up to 60% compared to new print
Used Books: Saves you money and trees
New Books: Un-highlighted and has that new book smell
EFOLLETT.COM = Your Bookstore.
When you order books from efollett.com, you’re ordering from your bookstore. Shop our store online at efollett.com or directly at www.bsc.bkstr.com from your computer, tablet or smartphone. No matter how you shop, you will get our top-notch customer support and access to the largest textbook inventory.
Summer Hours: Monday- Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
The Registrar’s Office handles most aspects of students’ academic record once they have been admitted through Admissions. We register students, handle grading, academic transcripts, verification of enrollment, change of name and change of address, graduation, among other academic record-related processes. Our websites are great tools when you are looking for information. www.bridgew.edu/registrar is our main web page, and www.bridgew.edu/registration is used for registration ONLY. You may forward e-mails to override a prerequisite, add into a class, take more than the 18 credits in a semester, etc., to this address. Be sure to include your full name, banner/student ID, course number and section and any other pertinent information.
We also have a host of forms that can be found on our home page, from changing your address to substituting a course. If you are unsure of something pertaining to your academic record, please don’t hesitate to contact the Registrar’s Office. If we aren’t able to assist you, we’ll send you to the correct office. We are eager to help you in your academic career, so stop by or give us a call if you have any questions! TEL: 508.531.1231 or check out our Staff Directory on our main website.
Expect More During your first year at college!
Welcome! You made it, and we’re glad to have you! You made a choice to invest in us, and we want to let you know that we plan to invest in you, too! Your future, both here at BSU and beyond, is in your control… so where should you start? How about with a First-Year Residential Learning Community?!
The Residential Learning Communities Program hires upper-class students who we call Senior Programming Assistants (SPAs), for each of our Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) to create programs and events, host service projects, and partner with faculty members to engage students (that’s you!) who live in Scott Hall with the goal of helping RLC students make the most out of their college experience.
With orientation just around the corner, we want to help you navigate your first year of college, and show you all of the great things BSU and the Office of Residence Life & Housing has to offer!
One of the most unique things about being a resident student during your first year of college is the opportunity for you to choose to live in one of our first year residential learning communities!
Currently, we host three first year RLCs:
- Honors Residential Learning Community – @bsuHonorsRLC
- A cohort of first year students who have been accepted to the Honors Program and seek to live with likeminded peers. http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/RLC/honors.cfm
- Service-Based Residential Learning Community – @bsuServiceRLC
- A group of students dedicated to becoming engaged in the BSU and global community, making a difference through service and social justice initiatives. http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/RLC/service.cfm
- Science & Math Residential Learning Community – @bsuSciMathRLC
- Offering students majoring in Math or Science the opportunity to live among other students that have also declared Math or Science as their major. Upper class residential mentors also play a role in making this RLC a great place to live and learn. http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/RLC/STREAMS.cfm
Each of the RLCs are unique in its’ own way. RLCs provide new students with countless opportunities to try new things, step out of their comfort zones, and meet some really great BSU Bears. Living in a learning community allows you to have programs and events created just for you!
Our programs and events relate to the theme of each learning community and are a mix of social and educational events. Our programs usually involve guest speakers, networking with faculty and staff members, off-campus trips, and promote an overall awareness of available campus resources and ways to succeed as a college student! You have a direct impact on the types of programs and events we sponsor, plus, you could even work for us!
Need a job?! We hire new students who live in our RLCs as Programming Assistants (PAs). We have both work-study and non-work study positions available to incoming students each semester, and the best part is, we will be recruiting students to interview for these positions at Orientation! What better way to kick-start your college career than with an on-campus job?!
It is our goal to help the first year students feel like they are making a seamless transition from high school to college life. It is our hope that first year students learn about themselves and others through this process and that they learn the resources available to them to make their first year at BSU a successful one.
There are ENDLESS opportunities for you to get involved in at BSU. No matter what you choose to do during your time at college, it will be what you make of it.
College is a time for exploration, a time for personal growth, and the unique opportunity to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. You have the power to control what your college experience will be like… now get off your chair, and go do something!
Make your experience all it can be. Expect more out of yourself. Invest your time and energy into the things you love, and we promise that you will achieve more.