To reflect winter orientation dates as follows:
- Thursday, January 12: New Student move in from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Thursday, January 12 through Saturday, January 14: Winter New Student Orientation
- Thursday, January 12: Parent and Family Orientation
- Tuesday, January 17: First Day of Spring classes
Note: Additional winter orientation schedule information will be posted as soon as it is available!
Favorite Undergraduate Experience: Getting involved on campus. I was a peer advisor and orientation leader and I've been in Higher Education ever since!
Strengths: Empathy | Maximizer | Relator |
Strategic | Intellection
Coordinates English Language Learning support. Does not advise on immigration matters.
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Congratulations! You made it! You’re here at Emerson College, and you are officially an Emersonian! That means you are now a part of this amazing community of passionate, driven, and hard-working individuals that is connected worldwide. Orientation is your first introduction to the great opportunities, resources, and possibilities that are available to you, and we are here to make sure you feel confident and supported in your journey through Emerson and beyond. This schedule contains all the information you could possibly need for your Orientation experience. An itinerary of each day is listed in the “At-a-Glance” section with detailed event descriptions on the following pages. Some of the events scheduled (Open Houses, Campus Tours, etc.) take place all day or multiple times during the week. We will not require you to attend these events for the entire time or more than once, but you are welcome to stop by at a time that works for your schedule. These sessions are mandatory, but if you have a scheduling conflict, you may attend another session at a different time. Please take a thorough look at the schedule; we marked which events are Mandatory (Mandatory), which events are Sensory Friendly (SF) and from there you can determine the other events you are interested in attending. Please note that masks are required in all Office of the Arts spaces, unless you are actively eating or drinking. The goal of the Orientation program is to foster an inclusive environment in which students can connect with others, explore opportunities, and learn about themselves. We hope you will find that there is something for everyone! This program is for new Emerson students of all ages, majors, backgrounds, and academic or residential statuses. All new students (first years and transfers) are welcome at ALL Orientation events!
Orientation can sometimes feel overwhelming, but we are always here to help. Orientation Coordinators, Orientation Leaders, and Student Affairs staff members will be here to answer any questions and lend a helping hand throughout Orientation and your whole time at Emerson. All we ask in return is that you embrace the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that Orientation will provide and open your mind and heart to all that Emerson College has to offer you.
We wish you all an incredible week as you take the first steps at Emerson. It’s time to plant your roots and Grow Where You Go!
LIO (Love in Orientation),
- Desiree Baker, Associate Director of Student Transitions
- Maureen Hurley, Director of Student Transitions & Family Programs
- Allie Witek ‘23, Orientation Coordinator
- Maddie Wicker ‘23, Orientation Coordinator
- Tyler Campbell ‘23, Orientation Coordinator
- Kolbie Jones ‘23, Orientation Coordinator
- Gabby D’Ostilio ‘22, Orientation Coordinator
- Evonne Johnson ‘23, Orientation Coordinator
P.S. Be sure to keep a lookout this coming spring for Orientation Leader and Resident Assistant applications for the 2023 to 2024 academic year!
The Undergraduate New Student Orientation program is the time set aside before the start of each academic semester to acclimate new students to Emerson College and the city of Boston. The purpose of the Orientation program is to provide incoming students with a series of experiences, programs, and events designed to facilitate their successful social and academic transition into the Emerson community. Orientation seeks to connect new students with their peers; familiarize them with campus facilities, resources, and support services; introduce them to the campus culture, community values, and responsibilities; orient them to academic life, including their faculty, curriculum, and expectations; and expose them to co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities.
The Orientation Program is committed to our four goals, BASE: Belonging, Academics, Support, Equity. These four goals guide our work and goals as we strive to plan a comprehensive and purposeful program. Orientation also serves as a leadership development opportunity for returning students who serve as Orientation Coordinators and as Orientation Leaders.
When beginning to plan for this Fall’s Undergraduate Orientation, the Orientation team wanted to create a unique theme that encompasses not just who Emerson students are, but who they want to become during their time here. Emerson students are creators and achievers that continuously push the standards and continue to grow higher and higher to surpass expectations. At Emerson, we’re dedicated to providing the necessary environment and resources for everyone to grow their hopes, their dreams, and themselves, which is why this year, the Orientation Team is ecstatic to announce the theme of the 2022 Orientation Program, Grow Where You Go! As an Emersonian, you’ll have the opportunity to see yourself grow and it all starts with Orientation, so what are you waiting for? Grab a shovel and get digging!
Attention Off-Campus and Transfer Students
Off-Campus and Transfer Students are welcome at any and all orientation events! We have several off-campus student coffee breaks during Orientation, and you are encouraged to drop by and hang out between events. Additionally, on Tuesday August 30th, we have a day with Transfer Student specific programming. All new students (first year, transfer, and off-campus) are provided with meals during orientation. Please feel free to stop by the dining center and show your Emerson ID during meal times.
Schedule Changes & Updates
We have done our best to provide the most accurate and up to date information in this printed program. At times, we may need to shift times or locations unexpectedly. You will find any updated schedule information on emerson.edu/orientation and on Emconnect (emconnect.emerson.edu under events).
Back to Boylston
Back to Boylston is a campus-wide event hosted the first week of classes every Fall & Spring semester. Back to Boylston is filled with exciting opportunities to welcome you back to campus and is open to all undergraduate students, not just incoming students. Check out our page on EmConnect (emconnect.emerson.edu) for more information on Back to Boylston events. Back To Boylston events for Fall 2022 will take place Friday, September 2 to Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Located in the Little Building (80 Boylston Street) on the first floor, students can pick up packages and letter mail here throughout orientation and the academic year here.
The Emerson Book store, or Barnes & Noble at Emerson, is located at 114 Boylston Street.
The ID Office is located in the lobby of Piano Row, at 150 Boylston Street.
Community Rights and Responsibilities
The Office of Community Standards upholds the Code of Community Standards and all Emerson policies to ensure that Emerson is a safe and welcoming community to learn, live, and work. Guided by our commitment to education and functioning within an educational framework, Community Standards focuses on addressing harm, utilizing fair and transparent processes. The Office is committed to balancing the needs of the student and greater campus community by promoting community standards and responding to student concerns. We provide all students with individualized opportunities for growth so that they may develop into engaged and ethical citizens.
Family Weekend: October 14 to 16, 2022
Family Weekend is a chance to explore your student’s home away from home and reconnect with them on their own turf. There will be a major Emerson Stage (EmStage) theatrical production of The Spitfire Grill directed by Nicholas Vargas as well as many other events around campus and Boston! Registration is open and continues until October 5. Families will receive an email with details.