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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 2020

Friday, August 28
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Move-in Day (First-Year Students)
Friday, August 28–
Sunday, August 30
Family Orientation
Friday, August 28–
Monday, August 31
First-Year Student Orientation
Sunday, August 30
9-11 a.m.
Move-in Day (Transfer and Exchange Students)
Sunday, August 30–
Monday, August 31
Transfer and Exchange Student Orientation
Wednesday, September 2 Classes Begin

Spring Orientation 2021

Friday, January 15
9–11 a.m.
Move-in Day (International Students)
Friday, January 15
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Move-in Day (Domestic Students)
Friday, January 15–
Sunday, January 17
Orientation
Saturday, January 16 Family Orientation
Tuesday, January 19 Classes Begin

Fall 2020 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 2020” guide on the app will be your one-stop-shop to Orientation and your first few days on campus. The Guidebook App will be activated in Summer 2020.

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.

Orientation Schedules & Information (Guidebook app) (Coming Summer 2020)
New Student and Family Orientation Schedule (pdf)
New Student Orientation Schedule (pdf) (Coming Summer 2020)
New Parent & Family Orientation Schedule (pdf) (Coming Summer 2020)

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

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 and in the two months leading up to orientation in January. As your student prepares to come to campus, please keep an eye out for these newsletters as they contain important dates and information. The Fall 2020 newsletters will be sent on the following schedule:

TBD Student & Family Newsletter
TBD Family Newsletter #1
TBD Family Newsletter #2
TBD Family Newsletter #3
TBD Student & Family Newsletter

Please add ugradorientation@babson.edu 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

Arrival and Move-In Process

First-Year Students: Move-in and check-in for all new first-year students is Friday, August 28. Students should arrive to campus by no later than 1 p.m. to move in and be prepared for the start of Orientation later that afternoon.
Transfer and Exchange Students: Move-in and check-in for all new transfer and exchange students is Sunday, August 30. Students should arrive by 11 a.m. to move in and be prepared for the start of Orientation. 

  • All cars will follow instructions provided prior to move-in day for unloading at designated areas based on your student’s housing assignment. Cars may not be allowed to proceed to the residence hall unloading areas without an appropriate pass or documentation (provided in advance). 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 with you in a staging area as spots are limited in unloading areas at the residence halls.
  • 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.

​Orientation Check-In

First-Year Students: Check-in for Orientation will take place beginning at 3 p.m. in the Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC). Orientation will begin immediately following check-in with New Student Convocation at 4 p.m..
Transfer and Exchange Students: Check-in for Orientation will take place at 12 p.m. in Knight Auditorium and Orientation will begin immediately following at 12:30 p.m. with a welcome from Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Lawrence P. Ward. 

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 prior to the start of the semester. These offices will be available on move-in day 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

Questions?

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