Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Soon you will be attending your orientation session at Mount Ida College. We realize you have many questions about your new life at college. On this page, you will find the most frequently asked questions on attending orientation. If you have any questions, after reviewing this information, please contact the Office of Admissions.


What is orientation?

Orientation for traditional incoming freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 30 credits is a two day, overnight event where you will stay on campus with fellow incoming freshmen. Throughout the two days you will attend a number of sessions focused on preparing you for the academic, social, and exploratory challenges that await you at Mount Ida.

The Transfer Orientation Session is a one day experience with similar sessions, but adjusted to better suit transferring students instead of incoming freshmen.

Do I need to attend orientation?

Yes. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. As a new first-year, transfer or international student, our orientation programs provide you with the opportunity to get to know your community and meet your fellow classmates. We strongly recommend you make arrangements to attend one of the orientation sessions offered in June (or August if you are a transferring student).

How do I know which orientation session to register for?

New students should plan to attend one of the June orientation sessions. If you are an international student or cannot attend the June sessions, you should contact the Admissions Office. Transfer students should plan to attend the Transfer session, which runs in August. Placement for the various orientation sessions is based on availability, so be sure to register early.

Is there an orientation fee?

There are no fees associated with the student or parent orientation programs.

Can I bring a guest to orientation?

Guests (friends/siblings) are not permitted to attend orientation with you, but for parents/family members we run a concurrent Parent/Family Orientation Program. Some of the sessions do crossover, however, parents/family members will have their own full schedule while students are in their own programs.  Please note that the parent/family sessions are designed for adult family members and may not be of interest to younger siblings, therefore we encourage you and your family to make plans accordingly.  Pets are not permitted at Orientation events.

Do my parents/guardians have to attend Parent Orientation?

No, but it is strongly encouraged if you are the first student attending college in your family, and/or your family still has questions about Mount Ida College and next steps leading up to joining our community.

What should I bring to orientation?

You should bring the following items with you to orientation:

  • Casual clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
  • Rain gear

When should I arrive for Freshman Orientation?

Please be prepared to arrive on campus between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to check in.

Where do I go when I arrive for Freshman Orientation?

Clear signage will direct you to where you should park and where you should go with your belongings to check-in.

Where will I be staying for Orientation?

All students attending Orientation will be staying in one of our residence halls.

Where do my parents/guardians stay if they attend Parent Orientation?

There are a number of local accommodations available for parents/guardians. We have a full list for you to review here. Please note that we do not allow parents/guardians to stay in the residence halls on campus for the event.

I plan to commute, do I need to commute for Orientation?

We welcome all students, regardless of their academic year commuter or residential status to stay overnight for Orientation. There is programming which takes place late on the first day and starts early on the second day. 

Can I take public transportation to Mount Ida College?

The Mount Ida College shuttle has regular runs to the Newton Center MBTA stop on the Green “D” Line.  MBTA buses also have stops near campus.  To determine the best route for you, refer to the MBTA website at:  http://mbta.com/, and go to the “Trip Planner” function.  The address of the College is 777 Dedham, Street, Newton Center, MA.  For information on the Mount Ida College shuttle schedule go to the Mount Ida College website.

What time will we finish Freshman Orientation?

We will wrap up around 1 p.m. on the second day of orientation.