Schedule

Once you have selected your session, you will be asked to select a time frame for your participation. We are hosting an afternoon session from Noon–3 pm EDT Thursdays and Fridays and an evening session from 8–11 pm EDT Thursdays and Fridays.

Note:

Be sure to calculate the difference between your local time and that in Boston. All time frames are live remote sessions from Boston. (You can also review your registration at the orientation registration website.) If you need to make changes on the time frame you selected, contact Orientation.

We ask that you stay in the time frame you selected during the session dates so you can make more meaningful connections with students in your groups.


Thursday

Afternoon Session (Noon–3 pm EDT)
11:30 am EDT Hangout & Meet Terriers

If you are up to it, join us a little early and meet new and continuing students

Noon Opening Ceremonies

The Welcome Address begins your Orientation experience. Students, families, and friends are introduced to Boston University’s academics, history, traditions, culture, and people. You will meet Associate Provost and Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore, Director of Orientation Shiney James

12:30 pm Common Ground

Based on Dr. Howard Thurman’s belief that having a shared experience with someone connects us more than the groups we identify with, the Common Ground program is an exciting way to meet new students. Join other incoming students and have meaningful intellectual discussions.
Incoming students will be placed in groups based on their Reflection Question with an upperclassman to guide the discussion. The groups will allow you to meet people from all over the world and in different programs within BU. Make sure your microphone and your camera are working. You will be sharing who you are in this portion.

1:15 pm Transition to Boston University Advising

Expectations will be set for our shared responsibilities in your education.

1:25 pm Academic Perspectives Part One

Incoming students will have the opportunity to meet with academic representatives from their school or college. The exact plan of what you will be doing at this time depends on your specific school or college, but typically students receive advice on planning for their courses.

1:45 pm Academic Group Time

Students are assigned to groups by their disciplines and are led in discussions with a continuing student in their school or college.

2:15 pm Reconnect with your Common Ground group

Share with the group your experiences so far. Process how you have been enlightened and pick another reflection question as a group and share your insights on life.

2:40 pm Life at Boston University during COVID-19

Hear from Director of Student Health Services Judy Platt about how the University is making moves to ensure your safety in our community in classrooms, residences, and all around campus.


Friday

Afternoon Session (Noon–3 pm EDT)
11:30 am EDT Hangout & Meet Terriers

You successfully made it through Day One! Come back early and just start making new contacts. You never know. They could be a really good friend in 2024.

Noon Welcome Back

We have a lot in store for you.

12:15 pm Case Study Discussion

Be exposed to some typical struggles new students face in college. Think about how you would handle it. Break into random groups led by a continuing student. Discuss how you would best handle it. Listen to the folks around you share their ideas. Then come back to hear panelists from different fields of studies and departments share their wisdom with you so that you or a friend can make an informed decision.

12:45 pm Academic Perspectives Part 2

Reconnect with academic representatives from your school or college to learn more about how we will keep in contact with you about your academics.

1:10 pm Academic Groups Part 2

Ask those clarifying questions about your degree program. Consider also exchanging contact information to discuss outside of Orientation.

1:30 pm Keep Coming Back and Visiting Orientation 2020

We will be adding new opportunities and content to this site to get you to have a better sense of this community and how you belong here. Bookmark us and visit often.

2 pm Enjoy the vibe and meet more humans


Thursday

Evening Session (8–11 pm EDT)
7:30 pm EDT Hangout & Meet Terriers

If you are up to it, join us a little early and meet new and continuing students.

8 pm EDT Opening Ceremonies

The Welcome Address begins your Orientation experience. Students, families, and friends are introduced to Boston University’s academics, history, traditions, culture, and people. You will meet Associate Provost and Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore, Director of Orientation Shiney James,

8:30 pm Common Ground

Based on Dr. Howard Thurman’s belief that having a shared experience with someone connects us more than the groups we identify with, the Common Ground program is an exciting way to meet new students. Join other incoming students and have meaningful intellectual discussions.

Incoming students will be placed in groups based on their Reflection Question with an upperclassman to guide the discussion. The groups will allow you to meet people from all over the world and in different programs within BU. Make sure your microphone and your camera are working. You will be sharing who you are in this portion.

9:15 pm Transition to Boston University Advising

Expectations will be set for our shared responsibilities in your education.

9:25 pm Academic Perspectives Part One

Incoming students will have the opportunity to meet with academic representatives from their School or College. The exact plan of what you will be doing at this time depends on your specific School or College, but typically students receive advice on planning for their courses.

9:45 pm Academic Group Time

Students are assigned to groups by their disciplines and are led in discussions with a continuing student in their school or college.

10:15 pm Reconnect with your Common Ground group

Share with the group your experiences so far. Process how you have been enlightened and pick another reflection question as a group and share your insights on life.

10:40 pm Life at Boston University during COVID-19

Hear from Director of Student Health Services Judy Platt about how the University is making moves to ensure your safety in our community in classrooms, residences, and all around campus.


Friday

Evening Session (8–11 pm EDT)
7:30 pm EDT Hangout & Meet Terriers

You successfully made it through Day One! Come back early and just start making new contacts. You never know. They could be a really good friend in 2024.

8 pm EDT Welcome Back

We have a lot in store for you.

8:15 pm Case Study Discussion

Be exposed to some typical struggles new students face in college. Think about how you would handle it. Break into random groups led by a continuing student. Discuss how you would best handle it. Listen to the folks around you share their ideas. Then come back to hear panelists from different fields of studies and departments share their wisdom with you so that you or a friend can make an informed decision.

8:45 pm Academic Perspectives Part 2

Reconnect with academic representatives from your school or college to learn more about how we will keep in contact with you about your academics.

9:10 pm Academic Groups Part 2

Ask those clarifying questions about your degree program. Consider also exchanging contact information to discuss outside of Orientation.

9:30 pm Keep Coming Back and Visiting Orientation 2020

We will be adding new opportunities and content to this site to get you to have a better sense of this community and how you belong here. Bookmark us and visit often.

10 pm Enjoy the vibe and meet more humans