Charles River Campus

Charles River Orientation Schedule
George Sherman Union (GSU), 775 Commonwealth Ave
Metcalf Hall, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02115
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 AM Check-In (Coffee/Tea) Stone Lobby

9:00 – 9:20 AM Welcome & Mission of the Boston School of Social Work Metcalf Hall
Jorge Delva, Dean, School of Social Work

9:20 – 10:20 AM Introduction to the Ethics of the Social Work Profession
Professor Mark Gianino & the Ethics Faculty

10:20 – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 – 10:45 AM Academic Honesty
Diana Lynch, Writing Tutor

10:45 – 12:00 PM Race, Equity & Inclusion Activity led by BUSSW Orientation Leaders
Ziskind Lounge (Groups 1 & 2); Small Metcalf (Group 3); East Balcony (Groups 4 & 5)

12:00 – 12:30 PM Lunch Metcalf Hall

12:30 – 1:00 PM BU School of Social Work Expo

1:00 – 2:00 PM Book Discussions

2:00 – 2:30 PM Ice Cream

2:30 – 3:30 PM Charles River Student Panel – Q & A Conference Auditorium

3:30 PM Charles River Mini – Tours (optional)

The reading selection for orientation is The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. More information about the reading and registration for incoming students can be accessed at the following links:

BUSSW Welcome Packet I 6/1/19
BUSSW Welcome Packet II 7/1/19
BUSSW Welcome Packet III 8/1/19
BUSSW Orientation Packet 8/15/19
Orientation 2019 Zip Files

Off-Campus Program

Bedford, Cape Cod, Fall River and Worcester campuses students attend two orientation activities prior to starting the program:

  • The Off-Campus Pre-Orientation is held at the off-campus location during the summer
  • The BUSSW all student Orientation is held in Boston on the Tuesday after Labor Day

Please click here for updated Information for New Off-Campus Program Students

Online Program

Orientation for Online Program students is offered prior to the beginning of each semester.

Students are required to attend the following two orientations:

  • BUSSW Online MSW Program Orientation – Student orientation webinar done virtually
  • New Student Orientation – Self-Paced Tutorial (Includes Live Classroom Training)

Please click here for updated Information for New Online Program Students


  • Pre-Entrance Reading Requirement (ALL STUDENTS)

In response to the needs of diverse populations and in recognition of the role of race and ethnicity in meeting human needs, BUSSW requires incoming students to read the following:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander ISBN-13: 978-1595586438