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Undergraduate Orientation

The Orientation program helps you adjust to the Babson lifestyle and eases the transition into college by providing information and answers to any academic, personal, and social questions.

Orientation is the first experience you will have with your new classmates. Our staff, faculty, and current students will be available throughout the program to help guide and advise. We hope that through the Orientation experience you’ll begin to form a sense of belonging to our community!

For more detailed information regarding pre-arrival information, move-in, and orientation, visit the Babson Hub »

The Orientation program is designed with three objectives:


We want you to discover all the resources and opportunities there are for you at Babson College to succeed academically and socially.


Our goal is for you to explore your new community, meet new people, and see what options there are for you to create your own Babson journey.


As part of our community we want you to engage with others, learn from people who come from different places and have different traditions.

Spring Orientation 2022

Tuesday, December 6 New Student Virtual Orientation Launch
Friday, January 14 Move-in Day (New Students)
Friday, January 14 Family Orientation Programming
Friday, January 14–
Sunday, January 16
New Student Live In-Person & Virtual Orientation
Tuesday, January 18 Classes Begin

Undergraduate Orientation

Spring 2022 Orientation Update - January 7, 2022

In an effort to offer the strongest transition to Babson for our newest students, and with the health and safety of our community members in mind, we have made some necessary changes to our orientation schedule for Spring 2022. Students can expect to receive a comprehensive and detailed Orientation schedule by email in the days leading up to arrival.

  • All new students are expected to move-in to campus and complete their first Babson PCR test at their originally scheduled time on Friday, January 14
    • Transfer students living off campus are not required to take part in any on-campus Orientation activities on Friday, January 14
  • Some Orientation presentations and content will be moved to a virtual format on Webex; all students will be provided links and information on how to access their Orientation content
  • Where appropriate, social programming and events will be offered in-person for students to get to know each other
  • Orientation small groups will remain small, socially distanced, and masks will be worn at all times when in-person

Babson College's Undergraduate Orientation program consists of two parts, (1) online courses students must complete prior to the start of classes, and (2) in-person programming experiences over the course of move-in weekend. 

All Orientation content, both virtual and in-person, is required for all students to participate in and complete. Exact details of the virtual orientation program and move-in weekend schedules will be shared in the months leading up to the start of the semester. All dates for the 2021-2022 academic year can be found on the Academic Calendar.

Part 1: Virtual Orientation

In the weeks leading up to the start of classes, new students will be introduced to the resources, expectations, and traditions of Babson College through a virtual Orientation course, and other topic-specific courses. The full virtual orientation experience consists of these four programs:

  1. New Student Orientation (Canvas Course): an introduction to the various resources and opportunties available to students across campus, including academic advising, community standards and policy, health and wellness, public safety, multicultural and identity programs, and welcome messages from campus administrators. The course is completely asynchronous, meaning students can progress through the content in their own time, and at their own pace. Students can expect to spend approximately 3 hours completing the videos, content, and activities which make up this course. (Available December 6)
  2. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Learning Platform (Everfi Platform): a deeper look into key concepts within diversity, including power, privilege, identities, communication, and inclusion. (Available December 6)
  3. Gender Based Misconduct (Canvas Course): a program addressing Babson policy and process regarding sexual and relationship violence under the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and the Title IX Policy. (Available January 4)
  4. Watch Your BAC Part 1 (Canvas Course): a program addressing culture and policy around alcohol and other drugs at Babson. (Available January 4)

Part 2: In-Person Orientation

Once on campus, the fun begins when new students meet their Peer Mentor, an upperclassman student leader, and the rest of their Orientation group. Orientation weekend will provide new students with the opportunity to engage and socialize with each other while further engaging with campus staff, faculty, and resources. 



What to do Before Orientation

In the months leading up to the start of the semester, there are a number of items that you'll need to take care of before your arrival. This transition checklist will provide you all the important dates to remember for the summer before your first semester at Babson!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Orientation content will be delivered both virtually and in-person. In the virtual format launched on August 2, all of the content will be asynchronous and designed for you to watch and participate in on your own time and at your own pace. After moving onto campus on August 26, students will take part in a required in-person Orientation program throughout the weekend. Both virtual and in-person orientation content are required for all students to participate in and complete.

In addition to the required virtual orientation content, the Orientation staff, Campus Activities Board (CAB), and other community members will also offer social and educational live events for students to get to know each other. Details about these events will be communicated through the weekly #BabsonBound Bulletin delivered to your Babson email address.

All orientation sessions and group meetings are a required part of your transition to Babson. The content within these sessions is designed to set you up for success right from the start of your Babson career, and you will be held accountable for knowing and understanding the material covered throughout Orientation. Your attendance and participation will be tracked, and you may receive reminders or notifications if you haven't completed the requirements.

If you have questions about virtual orientation, please reach out to us at ugradorientation@babson.edu. We also encourage you to watch your email for the weekly #BabsonBound Bulletin that will contain useful information as you transition to your new community!

Questions and Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact:
Undergraduate Orientation
Maribeth Flakes, Director, Student Engagement
Conor O’Brien, Associate Director, Student Engagement