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.


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.

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 session, you should contact the Admissions Office. Transfer students should plan to attend the July Transfer session. 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?

Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, and encouraged to participate and register for the parent/guardian component of orientation, which runs concurrently to the student program.  Some of the sessions do crossover, however, parents/guardians will have their own very full schedule while students are in their own programs.  Please note that the parent/guardian 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.

What should I bring to orientation?

You should bring the following items with you to orientation:

  • Photo ID (state ID or license)
  • Casual clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
  • Rain gear

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

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.  However, you may choose to commute.  Simply make us aware of this choice during your registration for the program.

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.