Family Orientation

The student and family orientation programs help you and your student adjust to the Babson lifestyle and ease the transition into college by providing information and answers to any academic, personal, and social questions.

At Babson, we use the term “Family Orientation” to recognize that support for our students comes from more than just parents. We invite parents, guardians, extended family, partners, and friends to take part in this program to discover how best to support your enrolled student in their time at Babson. Sessions are designed to acclimate you to the Babson campus and get a glimpse of the experience your student is about to embark on.

Fall Orientation 2019

Thursday, August 29
2–5 p.m.
Move-in Day (International Students)
Friday, August 30
9 a.m.–Noon
Move-in Day (Domestic Students)
Friday, August 30–
Saturday, August 31
Family Orientation
Friday, August 30–
Tuesday, September 3
First-Year, Transfer, and Exchange Student Orientation
Wednesday, September 4 Classes Begin

Spring Orientation 2020

Friday, January 17
9–11 a.m.
Move-in Day (International Students)
Friday, January 17
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Move-in Day (Domestic Students)
Friday, January 17–
Monday, January 20
Saturday, January 18 Family Orientation
Tuesday, January 21 Classes Begin

Orientation Schedule & Information

Babson Orientation Schedule and App

Each year, we are pleased to offer the Orientation schedules and transition information through the Guidebook app, available on iOS and Android devices. The “Babson College New Student Orientation Fall 2019” guide on the app will be your one-stop-shop to Orientation and your first few days on campus.

Students are required to attend all programs and sessions during the student orientation program, unless otherwise noted in their orientation schedule. We ask that parents and families refrain from removing students from any session during the day. Free time is built into the student schedule throughout each day and all evening programs are optional for students.

Fall 2019 Student Schedule (pdf)
Fall 2019 Family Schedule (pdf)
Guidebook (App) »

Any student expecting to miss any part of orientation should email Undergraduate Orientation prior to the start of orientation to make necessary arrangements.

Pre-Arrival Information

Family Orientation Registration

While registration for Family Orientation is not required, we ask that those intending on taking part in our program complete the registration form to help us plan appropriately for our program. By registering, you are simply sharing your intention of attendance at Orientation—you are not required to alter your registration or contact us should you change your mind or have something come up. Please fill out the information to the best of your knowledge to assist us in making Family Orientation a great success!

Register for Fall 2019 Family Orientation »

New Family Newsletters

The new Parent and Family Newsletter, which shares news, stories, events, and reminders from all aspects of the Babson experience is sent out each month leading up to new student and family orientation in August (for students arriving in January, one comprehensive newsletter is distributed to students and parents in December). As your student prepares to come to campus in the fall, please keep an eye out for these newsletters, as they contain important dates and information. The Fall 2019 newsletters will be sent on the following schedule:

June 4 Student & Family Newsletter
June 25 Family Newsletter
July 23 Family Newsletter
August 20 Family Newsletter
August 27 Student & Family Newsletter

Please add to your approved list of email addresses. The newsletters over the summer are specifically for new Babson families. If you have not received the newsletter, and would like to be added to the distribution list, please contact Advancement Services.​ Include your name, your student's name, and your student's class year in your email request.​

The Babson Hub

The Babso​n Hub is your student's portal to all of the information needed to succeed at Babson. On the Hub, students will find important orientation resources, information on campus offices, and more. Encourage your student to explore the Hub, which is home to the following important pre-arrival items:

  • Important pre-arrival dates and deadlines
  • How to transfer Advanced Credits (AP, IB, etc.) before registration
  • Course registration timelines, guides, and tutorials

Move-In Day

Move-In and Check-In Information

Move-in and check-in for all new students is Thursday, August 29 (International Students) and Friday, August 30 (Domestic Students). All students should arrive to campus by no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, August 30 to check-in and be prepared for the start of Orientation at 2 p.m. At the time of check-in, students will receive residence hall keys, Orientation schedule and information, their Babson laptop, and student ID (OneCard) in Knight Auditorium. All new students are required to check-in at their designated time.

​Helpful Tips for Move-In Day

  • Orientation sessions for students are not optional. If your student has any conflict with attending orientation, please have them email Undergraduate Orientation as soon as possible so that your student is accounted for prior to the start of classes.
  • Any student who has not turned in all medical records/proof of immunization, paid tuition balances, or completed necessary immigration paperwork must reconcile these requirements with the associated office before picking up their key. These offices will be available at check-in to assist you in completing these requirements. For questions prior to your arrival please contact the offices directly:
    • ​Health Services: 781-239-6363
    • Glavin Office of International Education: 781-239-4565
    • Student Financial Services: 781-239-4219
  • All cars will follow instructions provided at check-in for unloading at designated areas based on your student’s housing assignment. Cars will not be allowed to proceed to the residence hall unloading areas without an appropriate pass, provided at check-in. Immediately following unloading, all cars will be required to park in Trim Lot. We recommend that the driver of each vehicle take the car to Trim Lot while your student and additional family/friends assist with the move-in process after unloading.
  • If your student is not arriving by personal car, please be advised that you or your student may need to make arrangements with the car service to wait until the check-in process has been completed (approximately 30-40 minutes) before proceeding to the residence hall. If your student is arriving to campus with minimal luggage (2-3 bags or belongings), they will be able to leave their belongings at our designated “luggage drop” area located on the Knight walk-way at the end of Knight Lot closest to the building. Campus staff and student leaders will assist students to their residence hall, along with their belongings, after the check-in process is completed.
  • If your student arrives after the scheduled move-in time, their room keys will be available at the Reynolds Campus Center or at Public Safety​. Specific information about key pick-up locations and hours can be found on Housing’s Hub page. If arriving late, your student should connect immediately with their Peer Mentor, who will have emailed them at their Babson email address with their cell phone number.


Email Conor O’Brien​, senior program manager, with any questions about Family Orientation.​​​​​​​​​​​


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