Orientation Mission

Orientation is the time set aside before the start of each academic semester to acclimate new students to Emerson and the City of Boston. Activities and administrative functions are planned to assist students through advising, financial issues, registration, move-in and many other transitional areas.

Orientation also is a time for new students to meet each other. The purpose of the New Student Orientation program is to provide incoming students with a series of experiences designed to facilitate their successful social and academic transition to Emerson and the Boston community. Orientation seeks to connect them with their peers, familiarize them with campus facilities, resources and support services, introduce them to the campus culture including community values and responsibilities, orient them to academic life including their faculty, curriculum and expectations, and expose them to co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.

Orientation strives to help our new students begin to become more comfortable and better prepared to take on the various academic and social challenges associated with entering a new and unfamiliar environment. The undergraduate orientation program is committed to Diversity and Inclusion; General Health and Safety; Sustainability, and Creating a Culture of Respect and Responsibility. These four pillars guide our work and goals. The Orientation program also serves as a leadership development opportunity for our upperclassmen that serve on Core Staff and as Orientation Leaders.