Orientation FAQs

Can I attend a different orientation session?

We understand that because of prior engagements, some students might not be able to attend their randomly assigned session. If you are unable to attend your assigned session, please change your session on the online Orientation Registration Form.

What if I cannot attend either of the orientation sessions planned in june?

Due to various circumstances, the Summer Orientation dates may not work for all students and their families. If you cannot make all or part of the June sessions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at 508-565-1308.

How do I choose my first-semester courses?

Review the Course Selection Guide and complete the Course Selection Worksheet. Bring this worksheet with you to Summer Orientation, during which you will have an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to review and adjust your schedule. After students select courses, we’ll finalize schedules, giving students from both Orientation sessions equal priority. The Registrar’s Office will send an email once your schedules are finalized in mid-August.

Is there an orientation fee?

Stonehill does not have a fee associated with Orientation.

How do I sign up for fall housing?

All students who enrolled as resident students must complete the online Housing Application by July 7. The application consists of acknowledging the Room and Board Contract and answering questions regarding your personality and living habits. You may also make a specific roommate request if you have one. The online forms are now available on myHill under the myhousing tab. You will need your Stonehill username and password to access this site. Students will be notified of their housing assignment the first week of August.

What if I need accommodations for a documented disability?

If you think you might need accommodations for a documented disability either during Orientation or during your time at Stonehill, please access the Office of Accessibility Resources request form at www.stonehill.edu/oar.

Where can I find my stonehill username, email and password?

Our Information Technology office sent an email around May 8 to the personal email account we have on file. This message contains important information about your Stonehill email, username and password.

What is the health report and when is it due?

Per state law, students cannot attend college in Massachusetts unless this form is completed and returned to Stonehill College Health Services. Pages 1 and 2 are to be completed by you. Pages 3 and 4 are meant to be completed and signed by your medical provider. Although an appointment with your healthcare provider is not required by Stonehill Health Services for submission of this form, your primary care provider may require an appointment to complete this paperwork. The Health Report, The Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire, and a printed copy of your immunization record (signed by your medical provider) are due by June 28.

What should I bring to Orientation?

We recommend bringing the following items for your overnight Orientation experience:

  • Health & Counseling Forms (if not already mailed)
  • Sleeping bag & pillow (linens are not provided)
  • Flip flops, towel and toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Comfortable clothes (sneakers are recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • Light sweater/jacket (think layers)
  • Umbrella (if it looks like rain!)

Where can I find the orientation schedule?

The most up-to-date Orientation schedule can be found on the Stonehill College Guidebook app. You will also find an updated schedule at www.stonehill.edu/orientation and more information about our program on Instagram @stonehillorientation.

Who are the peer mentors?

Peer Mentors are Stonehill students who participated in over 80 hours of training to assist in your transition from high school to college! They will act as your guides during various Orientation presentations and events, and will facilitate several activities to help you become more familiar and comfortable with campus resources and services. In addition, they will provide you with valuable information based upon their own experiences as Stonehill students.

How can family contact me in case of an emergency?

Families may contact the main switchboard of the College at 508-565-1000 and press 0 to speak to the Communications Officer who will get in touch with the Orientation staff.

When does the orientation program end?

The Family Program ends at approximately 4 p.m. on the first day of Orientation. The Student Program ends at approximately 4 p.m. on the second day. Students should make arrangements to meet your family on day two at your assigned residence hall or at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex following the closing ceremony.

When I arrive on campus, where do I go?

Arrival and student registration happen from 7:45 – 9:15 a.m. in the residence halls. Your first step is to go to your assigned Orientation residence hall that was sent to your personal email around June 21. Here, you will drop off all of your items and get your key for your new Orientation room! Please note that both commuter and resident students stay on campus during Summer Orientation.

What happens after I check into the residence hall?

Our Welcome begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. After the Welcome, you’ll leave with your Peer Mentors for the remainder of the program, and family members will continue with the Family Program. If you need anything from your family, please make sure to get it before leaving them as you will not see them until the program ends the next day.

Can you recommend any area hotels for my family if they want to stay locally overnight?

We have negotiated special rates for families that want to stay the night during Orientation. Please check out our local accommodations page.

Last-minute information?

Last-minute information and updates will be communicated through your Stonehill email, the “Stonehill College Orientation” Guidebook app, Instagram at @stonehillorientation, and on the Orientation website at www.stonehill.edu/orientation.