Babson College’s Undergraduate Orientation program consists of two parts:
- Online courses students must complete prior to the start of classes
- 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 2023–2024 academic year can be found on the Academic Calendar.
Before students get to campus, they should take time to review all of the important dates and deadlines throughout the summer listed in our New Student Transition Checklist - Spring (pdf).
Part 1: Virtual Orientation (December 4-January 12)
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:
- Student Life at Babson (Canvas Course): an introduction to the various resources and opportunities available to students across campus, including academic advising, community standards and policy, health and wellness, public safety, multicultural and identity programs¹, and welcome messages from campus administrators.
- ¹Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Learning Platform (Paradigm Platform): an online experience to launch your DEIB learning journey here at Babson that will empower you to cultivate a culture where you lean into difference. The platform and ongoing learning opportunities will give you some knowledge and an appreciation of your peers, staff, and faculty, who represent a myriad of lived experiences, better preparing you to enter the workforce with a core career competency.
- 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.
- Watch Your BAC Part 1 (Canvas Course): a program addressing culture and policy around alcohol and other drugs at Babson.
Part 2: In-Person Orientation (January 12-14)
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.