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Undergraduate Orientation

The undergraduate orientation program helps you adjust to the Babson lifestyle and eases the transition into college. Our sessions provide information and answers to any academic, personal, and social questions you may have before starting your undergraduate education and pursuing your bachelor's degree in business administration. 

New student orientation is the first experience you will have with your new classmates. Our staff, faculty, and current students will be available throughout the undergraduate orientation 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, the Babson Academic Calendar, and first-year student orientation, visit the Babson Hub »

Spring Orientation 2024
Monday, December 4   New Student Virtual Orientation Launch
Friday, January 12 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. New Student Move-in Day
Friday, January 12–Saturday, January 13   Family Orientation Programming
Friday, January 12–Sunday, January 14   New Student In-Person Orientation
Tuesday, January 16   Classes Begin

The orientation program is designed with three objectives:

DISCOVER

We want you to discover all the resources and opportunities available as part of our undergraduate programs at Babson College to succeed academically and socially. 

EXPLORE

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.

ENGAGE

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

Undergraduate Orientation

Babson College’s Undergraduate Orientation program consists of two parts:

  1. Online courses students must complete prior to the start of classes
  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 2023–2024 academic year can be found on the Babson Academic Calendar.

Before students get to campus, and undergraduate classes begin, 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 undergraduate 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. Student Life at Babson (Canvas Course): an introduction to the various resources and opportunities available to undergraduate business 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. 
    1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Orientation content will be delivered both virtually and in person. In the virtual format, launched in the weeks leading up to move-in, all 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 to campus, students will take part in a required in-person orientation program throughout the weekend. Both virtual and in-person business school orientation content is required for all students to participate in and complete.  

We aren’t just an undergraduate business school! The Campus Activities Board (CAB), a student-run organization that plans social events and programs throughout the year, will provide welcome undergraduate programs to our new and returning students during Orientation and into the first week of the semester. Follow @BabsonCAB on Instagram for all the latest updates on upcoming events! 

All orientation sessions and group meetings are a required part of your transition to Babson and our undergraduate business program. The content within these sessions is designed to set you up for success right from the start of your Babson career. As part of your undergraduate learning, 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 and your undergraduate business program!

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