Family FAQs

Who should attend Family Orientation?

The Family program is intended for the parents, guardians or adult supports of new BSU first year students. It is important to note that your BSU student should not attend the family programs; however they do need to register for the student program as directed in the letter from the dean of admissions. At this time, we do not have programming for younger siblings and ask that you do not register children for this program.

Do I attend the same session as my student?

Family members do not need to attend the session that coincides with their students, please select the date that works best for you and your family. While the two programs are separate there will be sessions that also include your student. You most likely will not be seated with your student, nor will there be much interaction.

What time can I expect to pick up my son or daughter on day 2?

The student program on Day 2 is scheduled to run until 5:00pm but they could be done as early as 3:00pm. They are registering for courses  and there are many variables, hence the two-hour window. It is recommended that you keep in contact with your student to get a more precise time.

Can I bring my student home with me?

Orientation is a mandatory overnight stay for the students. The students will be with their orientation group the entire day and will return to the same orientation group the next morning. This is a great opportunity for your student to make friends and participate in different activities found on campus.

What time is family orientation?

Plan to arrive between 7:45-845 for check in and breakfast. The most critical sessions for parents will run right through to 4:00pm. After 4 pm there is optional programming that includes going on a campus tour, visiting the bookstore, attending a session by BSU students on involvement that conclude at 5:30 pm . It is highly recommended the family stay all day.

Is family orientation mandatory?

Family Orientation is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. This opportunity is for families to learn more about the campus and how to best support your student.

If you do not see the answer you are looking for, please call New Student and Family Programs at

(508) 531-1840.


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