Orientation

Hey there, Lesley Lynx. Now that you’re the real deal, it’s time to get you up and running. Join us for Orientation, where you’ll be fully immersed in all things Lesley University, from your resources on campus to how to choose your classes. Spend the night in our residence halls, meet your future BFFs, and explore the city with us. It’s going to be a lot of fun—you won’t want to miss it.

2018 Orientation Dates

The following orientation dates are for students starting school in January 2018.

  • First-Year Students

    The January Orientation program for all new first-year students is mandatory and will begin on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the Margaret A. McKenna Student Center and will conclude that day after dinner. The program continues on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00 am and goes until about 1:00 pm.

    Resident Students

    Resident students can move in on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:00 am–12:00 pm with specific information coming from the Residence Life Office. We'll also offer a variety of programming throughout the weekend and the days before classes start on Monday, January 22, 2018.

  • Transfer Students

    The January Orientation program for all new transfer students is mandatory and begins on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the Margaret A. McKenna Student Center and it concludes that day after dinner. The program continues on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00 am and goes until about 1:00 pm.

    Resident Students

    Resident students can move in on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, with specific information coming from the Residence Life Office. We'll also offer a variety of programming throughout the weekend and the days before classes start on Monday, January 22, 2018.

  • International Students

    The January orientation program for all first-year and transfer international students is mandatory and begins on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Margaret A. McKenna Student Center. The International Student Services Office will send you specific information about the orientation.

    The University-wide program for new incoming students starts at 1:30 pm in the McKenna Student Center and concludes for the day at 5:30 pm. The program continues on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. We'll also offer a variety of programming throughout the weekend and the days before classes start on Monday, January 22, 2018.

    Resident Students

    Resident international students will move in on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Specific information regarding moving in will come from the Residence Life Office.

  • Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) Students

    USI students attend a summer orientation session as well as a required Summer Transition Week.

    Maritsa Barros, the Director of the USI program, will connect with you during your selected summer orientation session with details to prepare you for the August transition week. Contact Maritsa if you have any questions at 617.349.8803.

  • Parents and Guardians (Summer Only)

    You aren’t the only one going through this life transition. Your family is experiencing the same wonderful mix of excitement and trepidation. In the summer, we encourage families to attend a one-day orientation designed just for them, which explains our resources and support services. The separate family orientation takes place on the first day of each summer student orientation session.

    The topics discussed include:

    • Student life and academic development
    • Health and well-being
    • Campus involvement
    • Student transition: the role of the family
    • Student financial assistance
    • Academics


    You’ll register your family members at the same time as your own registration for orientation. If you need further information, please contact Wendy Whiteaker at 617.349.8538 or email us at orientation@lesley.edu.

What to Expect

  • Check-In

    Check-in for orientation is at the Margaret A. McKenna Student Center, 11:00 am–1:30 pm.  Lunch will be offered from 12:00 pm–1:30 pm. From the moment you check in, Orientation Leaders will be there to help you in your first few days on campus. They’ll guide you throughout your entire orientation experience.

    Orientation for international students begins at 10:00 am.

  • Overnight Accommodations

    All new first-year students, including commuter students, are required to stay overnight in a Lesley residence hall.

    The overnight stay is an important part of the orientation experience for all students. Your sessions will go into the evening hours and begin early the next day. You’ll also be developing your class schedule overnight with the orientation staff and peers.

    While we recognize that the support of family and friends is critical to your success as a student, we regret that we do not have space to accommodate guests in the residence halls during orientation. However, there are hotels located close to campus. We'll include a list of accommodations in your confirmation packet that we mail to your home address.

    Contact the Student Activities Office at 617.349.8565 if you live far away and need to come a day before your orientation.

  • Class Registration

    You’ll go home with your class schedule at the end of the program after meeting with an academic advisor. You’ll receive a bill for the classes you registered for during orientation. The one-time $125 New Student Fee that covers all your costs for orientation will be included in your first bill.

What to Bring

  • Overnight Sessions

    All of your meals and accommodations will be provided. The only items you’ll need to bring are: 

    • Extra long sheets for a twin-sized bed, blankets or a sleeping bag, and a pillow
    • A towel and washcloth
    • All toiletries, including shampoo, soap, hairdryers, and any other personal items
    • Comfortable clothing such as shorts, t-shirts, jeans, a sweatshirt or light jacket (it can get cool at night), something to sleep in, and sneakers or other comfortable shoes (there will be nothing that you need to dress up for during the program)
    • Spending money, if you want to make purchases in the Lesley bookstore
  • One-Day Sessions

    Just bring yourself, and any transfer credit evaluations or transcripts from your previous institution.

group students at orientation
Summer 2018 Orientation

We require all new students—first-year and transfers—to attend one of three orientation programs in the summer, plus a session in September before classes begin. Once you go through orientation, you’ll know your way around this place like the back of your hand.

Orientation dates for first-year students will be offered in June 2018, and a transfer student orientation will be offered in August 2018. Exact dates will be announced in the spring.

If there is a non-negotiable conflict with all of the dates offered, call the Student Activities Office at 617.349.8565.

Contact Orientation Staff