FAQs: Summer Orientation

» What is placement testing and when do I take it?
» Students with Disabilities
» Not sure?
» What if the orientation date that I want to attend is full?
» How long will orientation last?
» Do I have to stay overnight?
» What should I bring?
» Do my parents or family have to come to summer orientation?
» Where can my parents or family stay while I am attending the overnight?
» What if I require special accommodations for a medical, physical, or other disability-related need? Will the College be able to provide for parents/guests who need special assistance?
» Can I be in my friend's orientation group?
» What else will happen at summer orientation?
» When will I receive my housing and roommate assignment?
» Other questions?
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Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with physical disabilities must be requested at least two weeks in advance of the orientation session you plan to attend. Please email tracey.claiborne@becker.edu  for assistance.

Q: Not Sure?

Are you a non-traditional student? Are you only bringing in 10 credits? Are you unsure about which program best fits your needs? Please contact us and we will be more than happy to help you decide what is best.  If you have any questions, please email tracey.claiborne@becker.edu.

Q: What if the orientation date that I want to attend is full?

Registration for New Student Orientation is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All students are encouraged to register as early as possible in order to reserve a space.  Seating at each event is limited. Once an event is listed as “closed,” no further registrations will be offered.

Q: How long will orientation last?

Summer orientation is a two-day program beginning with check starting at 9:00 a.m. on day one and concluding at 12:15 p.m. on day two.

Q: Do I have to stay overnight?

Yes, students are required to stay overnight during the summer orientation, regardless of residency status.  You will stay overnight in the residence hall on the first night of orientation to continue building new relationships with your classmates, attend late night events, and ensure you are on time for the early morning sessions the following day.

Q: What should I bring?

An overnight bag with:

  • Casual clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Personal toiletries and towel
  • Pillow and sleeping bag
  • Rain gear
  • Small personal fan
  • Do NOT bring laptop computers or other valuable itmes

Q: Do my parents or family have to come to summer orientation?

Yes, your parents or family are strongly encouraged to attend.  We have developed a parent/guardian orientation program to address the most common questions and concerns.  While at orientation, parents and guardians will  participate in a concurrent program during which they have the opportunity to have all of their questions answered about various college resources.  We request that you limit your guests to two people because of space constraints. All of the programs are targeted for parents/guardians, and we are unable to provide day care services for younger siblings.

Q: Where can my parents or family stay while I am attending the overnight?

While students stay on campus, we do not provide overnight accommodations for parents/guardians.  Click here for a list of hotels.

Q: What if I require special accommodations for a medical, physical, or disability-related need? Will the College be able to provide for parents/guests who need special assistance?

We will do everything we can to make your visit to Becker College a wonderful experience. For information regarding special needs accommodations for you or your guests, please contact Tracey Pakstis-Claiborne at 774.354.0459.

Q: Can I be in my friend's orientation group?

We cannot accommodate any requests to be in specific orientation groups with specific individuals.  Orientation is a great time to meet new people, and we have discovered that most students don't meet new people if they are participating with a friend from home.  Take the opportunity to meet new people and know that you will also get a chance to meet all of the people that your friend met.

Q: What is placement testing and when do I take it?

Prior to attending summer orientation, all new students must complete the Accuplacer Testing Registration, an assessment published by the College Board.  The placement testing scores are not part of admission to the College, but an assessment of your current skill level, and therefore part of the registration process. The placement test scores help us register you in appropriate courses. Students are required to take some or all of the entire placement test and must do so at least one week prior to attending an orientation program.

Q: What else will happen at summer orientation?

You will get to meet faculty and learn about professors’ expectations in the classroom, experience community life, meet classmates, and make friends. You will also learn how to use Angel and InSite, Becker College's technology resources. Your parents will learn about academics, expectations, and financing.  Above all, you will have fun!

Q: When will I receive my housing and roommate assignment?

For students starting in fall 2014, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will be mailing your specific room and roommate assignment in mid-July.  If you have any questions about living on campus, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 508.373.9547.

Q: Other questions?

For any questions related to orientation, please email tracey.claiborne@becker.edu or call 774.354.0459.


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