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.

The university requires 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.

Choose one of the dates listed below, and we’ll send you the rest of the details.

2017 Orientation Dates

  • First-Year Students

    Sunday, September 3, 2017 will be our final New Student Orientation Session, which will coincide with Move-In Week. Your Admissions Counselor will automatically register you for this program if you have not already attended a session. 

    Note: Students beginning classes in the Spring of 2018 will attend an orientation session at the beginning of their semester.

  • Transfer Students

    Sunday, September 3, 2017 will be our final New Student Orientation Session, which will coincide with Move-In Week. Your Admissions Counselor will automatically register you for this program if you have not already attended a session.

    Students beginning classes in the Spring of 2018 will attend an orientation session at the beginning of their semester.

  • International Students

    All F-1 international students must attend the International Student Orientation on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2, 2017.

    If you are not able to attend the June or August New Student Orientation Sessions, your Admissions Counselor will automatically register you for the final session on Sunday, September 3. This orientation is separate from the International Student Orientation program.

    Register for the International Session today! 

  • Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) Students

    USI students attend a summer orientation session as well as a required Summer Transition Week, August 6-11, 2017.

    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. Please contact Maritsa if you have any questions at 617.349.8803.

  • Parents and Guardians

    You aren’t the only one going through this life transition. Your family is experiencing the same wonderful mix of excitement and trepidation. 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 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 between 8:45 am–9:45 am. From the moment you check-in for orientation, Orientation Leaders will be present to assist you in your first few days on campus. They’ll guide you throughout your entire orientation experience.

  • 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. A list of accommodations will also be enclosed in your confirmation packet that was sent by 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 early 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. During the month of July, 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 also 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
Can’t attend any summer orientation dates?

You should make every effort to attend one of the June dates if you’re a first-year student or the August date if you’re a transfer student. If there is a non-negotiable conflict with all of these dates, please call the Student Activities Office at 617.349.8565 to let us know.

Contact Orientation Staff