First-year Student Orientation

First-Year Student Orientation

Welcome to the Husky Family

Your first step as a new Husky is to attend New Student and Family Orientation a Virtual HOWL Day.

Our Virtual H.O.W.L. Day is an event for new students and their families and supporters. Attending Orientation is required for all new students. Because orientation is so important, you'll notice an automatic new student orientation fee on your student bill.

If you're a military-affiliated student, we encourage you to connect with our Veterans Affairs Resource Center.

Orientation Schedule of Events

When completed, the official schedule of events will be posted on the orientation website.

First-year Student Orientation

New Student Orientation Resources

  • Student Email — It is very important you check your Huskies email account on a weekly basis as this is the ONLY way we will communicate with you. If you have a smartphone, sync it to your phone!
  • Student Health Center — All new students are required to complete online health forms. These include Consent for Treatment, Health History, TB Screening Questionnaire, Immunization Dates, Medical Insurance Information, and the Notice of Privacy Practices.
  • Health and Wellness — The transition into college life isn't always easy. The challenge can take a toll on your mental, emotional and physical well-being. "Healthy Husky," BU's Health and Wellness initiative, provides services and programs to support your well-being. We invite you to meet with the Health Educator for a “Welcome Wellness” One-on-One, Drop-In or Zoom visit to discuss sleep, exercise, stress management and learn about resources available to you. Make a plan to improve your daily living and ease your transition into college life.
  • Counseling Center — Transitioning to or back to college can create some additional stressors for a number of students. The Student Counseling Center offers short term counseling, same day appointments as well as emergency services available most weekdays until 6pm. Most services can be accessed in the clinic or via Zoom. In addition, the office is available to help you continue with your “at home counselor” by assisting you in scheduling a private place for your counseling sessions. Call 570-389-4255 for details or to schedule an appointment.
  • On-Campus Parking — Is regulated and strictly enforced by university police. Motorists are strongly encouraged to park in appropriate locations, obtain necessary permits, and follow posted rules to avoid almost certain parking citations and fines. The Permit Store, your one stop shop for registering your vehicle, purchasing your parking permit, and parking citation payment
  • Academic Calendar — For complete semester information regarding semester start and end dates, university breaks, and enrollment details.
  • University Card Center — For information about your BU student ID.  Fill out this form prior to your arrival to expedite the process. 
  • Academic Advising — collaborates with students to ensure they are on track to complete requirements for their degree. Depending on your major, you will have different requirements. Contact the department of your major for more information about advising specific to your major!
  • Student Technology Support — has all the information you will need if you have any questions or experience any issues related to technology.
  • University Bookstore — was established to provide books and supplies in a convenient, on-campus location for you at competitive prices.
  • Class of 2024 Facebook Page — is a resource to find roommates, locate housing, connect with other Class of 2024 students, and have any BU questions answered.
  • Map of Campus — Lost on campus? This will help you find exactly where you are wanting to go!
  • Financial Aid — We want your college education to be comprehensive, enjoyable and affordable. We're committed to assisting you in accessing effective financial aid resources and helping you financially plan your education for long-term success.
  • Office of the Registrar — is the central office for student scheduling and registration, as well as commencement, college transcripts, undergraduate degree clearance, enrollment verifications, military credits, transfer credits, changing of a major, or declaring a minor.
  • Placement Testing — We want to make sure you are starting with the right courses in reading, writing, and math.  This page describes your initial placements for those courses as well as your option to challenge placement into courses that you do not seem appropriate.  Placement testing occurs year round.
  • Dining and Meal Plans — Look through menus, locations, meal plans and upcoming dining events.
  • MyHusky — Allows you to register for classes, pay bills, view and accept financial aid and provides other related services and information.
  • On-Campus Housing — Full-time new first year college students admitted as on-campus residents are required to live on campus unless they are over 20 years of age or are commuting from the home of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within approved commutable distance from campus (50 miles). Log into MyHousing for your housing information. If you have questions about housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (570) 389-4089 or to learn more.