New Freshmen Preview Days Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during Preview Days?
BU Preview Days provide a brief, yet informative snapshot into your new life as a BU student. You will hear presentations from various University personnel, campus resources and learn about important policies in place to ensure your success. You will also participate in an advising session with a faculty member from your major. Additional opportunities include: taking your photo for your student ID, visit a campus resource fair, learn about study abroad opportunities, residence life, meal plans and other vital resources to smoothly transition you to BU. More importantly, Preview Days are an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow new students, as well as some of our top student leaders, the Orientation Workshop Staff! In early June, you should be able to view a tentative schedule of events for the orientation program.
Is there a cost to attend Preview Days?
No payment will be due at orientation, but all new students pay a $95.00* orientation fee. This nonrefundable fee will be included on the fall tuition bill. The orientation fee covers student meals, orientation materials, staffing, entertainment and special activities during both summer and fall orientation, as well as other varying administrative costs.
Will I be with my parent/guardian during orientation?
Yes and no. There are some brief parts of the BU Preview Day schedule that are designed to meet your unique needs as a student, while other parts are designed just for your parent/guardian. At check-in, you and your parent/guardian will be provided with the appropriate schedule. Don’t fret! You will be reunited with your family in no time!
Will I be able to take my photo for my Student ID?
Yes. An opportunity to take your photo for your student ID has been built into the BU Preview Day schedule. You will receive your actual student ID card during the fall Welcome Weekend orientation.
Will I meet my advisor at orientation?
This depends on your program of study. In some cases you will meet the advisor who has been assigned to you via your major. In other cases, you will meet with a different faculty member assisting with the orientation process, yet who is still in your major department. In either case, you will have the opportunity to work with an advisor from your college during the academic portion of the orientation program to discuss your fall class schedule.
What should I bring with me to my Preview Day?
You will receive a registration packet at check-in, which will contain everything you need to get through the day. However, you will also need a photo ID, and your BU email address. It is always a good idea to bring money for the Campus Bookstore so you can stock up on lots of great BU paraphernalia!
Can I turn in my Health Form during Preview Days?
Yes! At the Campus Information Fair, the BU health center will have a table set up where you can turn in your completed health forms. Staff from the health Center will also be available to answer any questions you might have. If you lost your form, you may print another at http://www.bloomu.edu/forms/HealthForm.pdf. An incomplete Health Form results in a hold being placed on your record. Holds prevent course selection, interrupt financial aid, amongst other negative consequences so please be diligent in getting your Health Form submitted promptly.
Where should I park during Preview Days?
Once you arrive on campus, there will be signs directing you where to park. You do not need a special parking tag.
How long is a Preview Day?
Registration will begin at 8:00am with a complimentary continental breakfast. Tentatively, the day will conclude by 4:30pm.
What do I do if I want to change my academic major?
If you decide you want to change your major, you must complete a major change request form in the Registrar’s Office. Your major change will not be processed on the day of orientation, but will be evaluated shortly thereafter. You will be notified via your BU email account if your major change request has been approved. You must then get in contact with your new major department to discuss any changes that potentially need to be made to your class schedule. These changes will not be done automatically. You have to initiate them!
What do I do if I need to change my RSVP for my Preview Day?
We understand that sometimes, life can be unpredictable. If you are unexpectedly unable to attend the BU Preview Day you registered for, please call 570.389.4595. Based on capacity constraints, we will try our best to get you registered for an alternative day that is convenient for you.
I have been admitted as a Summer Freshmen or ACT 101/EOP student. When do I attend Orientation?
Summer Freshmen and Act 101/EOP students are required to attend Summer Freshmen orientation on June 30th only. You are NOT required to attend a BU Preview Day.
What do I do now?
Get excited!! Starting college is an exciting time in your life! Orientation is a small, but important part of your new life so start on the right foot! On the orientation main page, left hand menu, you will find a link for the Pre-Orientation Checklist. Make sure you go through the checklist with your parent/guardian and complete and understand each item on the list.
What if my question is not answered here or on the New Student Orientation website?
Email the Orientation Office at email@example.com or call (570) 389-4595.