MassArt Orientation 2015

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Welcome Class of 2019!

This is the place where you can find out information about our New Student, Family and Transfer Orientation programs this fall.  This page will continue to be updated over the summer with new information so check back often! 


Register for Family or New Student Orientation here!

Orientation Mission:
The Office of Transition and Leadership Programs facilitates the transition of new students into the institution and initiates their integration into MassArt's academic, social and artistic community.

Goals of Orientation Program: 
1.     To assist students in understanding the academic expectations and responsibilities of joining the MassArt
2.     To aid students in the identification of campus resources that will support their needs as a student at
3.     To provide students with information about the co-curricular opportunities they can take advantage of 
4.     To create an Orientation schedule that maximizes student learning and retention of information

One way in which the Office of Transition and Leadership Programs contributes to the divisional and college missions is by offering a 3.5 day New Student Orientation program for first time freshman and Studio Foundation Transfer students and a one day Transfer Orientation program for Upperclass Transfer students before classes begin in the fall to assist incoming students with their transition to the institution and to educate them about their roles and responsibilities as a MassArt student.  

Orientation is a required program for all new students entering the institution and provides sessions for new students to get to know their classmates as well as upperclass student leaders who provide oversight and guidance.  New students have the opportunity to meet the Studio Foundation faculty, discuss their class schedules, learn the layout of the campus, explore the city of Boston and attend sessions from departments such as IT, Public Safety, Student Development, Counseling and Wellness and the Academic Resource Center.  It is the goal of the Orientation program that students feel comfortable on campus and have an understanding of what their classes and life will be like at the collegiate level.

Orientation Learning Outcomes
1)     As a result of attending the 3.5 day New Student Orientation program in August/September,
        students will be able to state three expectations of the Studio Foundation faculty.
2)     Students will be able to identify one resource that can assist them with academic difficulties.
3)     Students will be able to identify three resources that can help them to be successful in their first year
        at MassArt.
4)     Students will be able to identify three ways in which they can become involved in the community
        outside of the classroom.

Important Dates for Orientation 2015
Wednesday and Thursday August 26th and 27th  2015
International Student Orientation

Friday, August 28th 2015
Transfer Orientation

Saturday,  August 29th 2015
Family Orientation (for parents/family members of new students)
New Student Move-In

Saturday, August 29th-Tuesday, September 1st 2015
New Student Orientation

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015
Classes Begin

Which Orientation should I go to?
Are you a first time college student or a Studio Foundation Transfer student?
If so, you will be joining us from August 29th-September 2nd

Are you an Upperclass Transfer Student?  
You should join us on August 28th.

**If you are a Studio Foundation Transfer student or first time college student who is coming to us after already completing a degree or after many years of life experience and believe the Upperclass Transfer program may be a better match for you, please contact Laura Flynn at or 617-879-7723.

Are you an International Student coming on an F-1 visa, a U.S. Citizen living abroad or a legal permanent resident?
If you are a new, first year student, you should join us on August 26th and 27th for International Student Orientation as well as August 29th-September 1st for New Student Orientation. If you are transferring from another institution, you should join us on August 26th and 27th for International Student Orientation as well as August 28th for Transfer Orientation (if you are an Upperclass Transfer student) or August 29th-September 1st if you are a Studio Foundation Transfer. If you have questions about which Orientation to attend as an International student, please contact Maggie Shirland at

Are you an Exchange or AICAD Mobility student spending one semester at MassArt and then returning to your home institution?
If so, you should join us on August 26th and 27th for International Student Orientation. You will not need to attend the full August 29th-September 1st New Student Orientation but when you arrive we'll discuss certain sessions that may be helpful for you to attend. If you have questions about which Orientation to attend as an Exchange or Mobility student, please contact Amy Holland at

How can I stay up to date this summer?
-Join the Class of 2019 Facebook group (or if you are an Upperclass Transfer student join the group for your graduating year)!
-Follow the Orientation blog at for weekly posts about life at MassArt and helpful information for your transition into college. 
-Check your MassArt email regularly! As soon as you receive your information from IT, set up your account right away and begin checking it!  This is where you will receive information not only from the Orientation Office but also from other departments about your class schedule, bills, housing, health forms and other important information!  If you are having trouble with your email account, contact the Help Desk at 617-879-7888.

Find out more at the following pages:
Register for Orientation
Move In Information
Family Orientation
New Student Orientation Information
Transfer Student Orientation
Meet the Primers!
First Year Resources

Are you wondering where you can get your questions answered before arriving at Orientation?

Check out the Commuter and New Student Resources Guides below to get your questions answered!

Commuter Student Resource Guide

New Student Resource Guide

Want more info?
If you have any questions, please contact or call (617) 879-7723.