Summer Orientation Sessions

These two-day programs provide our first-year students the opportunity to learn more about their new home at Stonehill. Additionally, we host a one-day family program providing information as to what families can expect during your time at Stonehill. Families will meet various Stonehill staff and engage in a variety of workshops and presentations. 

  • Orientation Session 1: Monday, June 24 - Tuesday, June 25
  • Orientation Session 2: Thursday, June 27 - Friday, June 28

Your Session Assignment

In early May, students will receive an email from the Office of Student Engagement welcoming them to Stonehill and the summer Orientation experience. This email notes the randomly assigned Summer Orientation session. If needed, students have the opportunity to switch sessions.  

Families do not need to register to attend Orientation; however, we ask how many family members are attending and any special accommodations so we can better prepare for their experience. 

Summer Orientation Agenda

Below is the anticipated Summer Orientation schedule. When onsite, we will provide an app and website with more thorough details. This website will update with any changes. 

Student Schedule Day One

Time Event Location
8–9:15 a.m. Residence Hall Check-in  Randomly Assigned Residence Halls
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
8:30–9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
8:30–9:30 a.m. Pre-Welcome Meet & Mingle Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
9:30–10:15 a.m. Welcome to Orientation! Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
10:30–11:15 a.m. Orientation Small Group Meeting Various Locations
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. First-Year Connections Various Locations
12–1:15 p.m. Lunch Roche Dining Commons
12–4 p.m. Academic Support Drop In Hours DisCo (MacPháidín Library)
1:25–2:25 p.m. Meet Your Majors (part 1) Various Locations
2:30–3:15 p.m. First-Year Connections (with Ice Cream!) Campus Quad
3:25–4:25 p.m. Meet Your Majors (part 2) Various Locations
4:25–5 p.m. First-Year Connections Various Locations
5–6:30 p.m. Dinner  Roche Dining Commons
6–6:30 p.m. Affinity Group Meet Up Roche Dining Commons
6:30–7:15 p.m.  Break & Small Group Meeting Various Locations
7:30–8:45 p.m. Playfair WB Mason Stadium
8:45–11 p.m. Evening Social & Entertainment  Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex

Student Schedule Day Two

Time Event Location
8–9:15 a.m. Breakfast Roche Dining Commons
8:30–9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
9:30–10:15 a.m. Academics in Your First Year Various Locations
10:20 a.m.–10:45 p.m. First-Year Connections Various Locations
10:50–11:55 a.m. Student Life Rotation Sessions Various Locations
12–1:05 p.m. Lunch Roche Dining Commons
1:15–2:20 p.m. Student Life Rotation Sessions Various Locations
2:25–3:05 p.m. Orientation Small Group Meeting Various Locations
3:15–3:45 p.m.  Summer Orientation Closing Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
3:50–4:30 p.m. Residence Hall Check Out Assigned Residence Halls

Family Schedule Day One

Time Event Location
8–9:15 a.m. Residence Hall Check-in  Assigned Residence Hall
8 a.m.–6 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
8:30–9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
8:30–9:30 a.m. Orientation Check-in  Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
9:30–10:15 a.m. Welcome to Orientation! Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
10:25–11:20 a.m.  Understanding Your College Student Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
11:20 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Family Lunch & Resource Fair Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
12:40–1:35 p.m. Student Life Informational Panel McCarthy Auditorium (May Hall)
1:45–2:20 p.m. Rotation Presentation Session A Various Locations
2:30–3:05 p.m. Rotation Presentation Session B
Various Locations
3:15–3:50 p.m. Rotation Presentation Session C Various Locations
3:45–5 p.m. President's Reception The Great Room (Meehan Hall)

Family Schedule Day Two

While most families only attend Day One, below are some areas open for families who are in town during Day Two.

Time Event Location
8:30–9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Select Stonehill Offices Open List will be provided on Guidebook
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
3:45 p.m. Meet Your Student for Pick Up (if applicable) Various Residence Halls

On-Campus Housing

Students are required to live in on-campus housing as part of Summer Orientation, regardless if they plan to live on campus or commute in the fall. Approximately one week before each Session, students are emailed the residence hall where they are staying. The hall will be the first stop when arriving to campus for Orientation for Check-In and unloading.

Roommates and locations are randomly assigned and cannot be altered or requested.  

Hotel Room Blocks

While we are unable to provide housing for our families during Orientation, we worked with a local hotel to provide discounted stays for those who are looking to stay local. Please take note of the booking deadlines.

Residence Inn Boston Brockton/Easton

124 Liberty St, Brockton, MA 02301

Rate: $169 plus taxes per night

Block closes on May 24, 2024

  • The direct Booking Link is still being created, but you can call 508-583-3600 and mention the Stonehill Orientation block

Fairfield Inn & Suites Mansfield 

50 Reservoir St, Mansfield, MA 02048

Rate: $159 plus taxes per night

This block is only open for stays June 23-25. Block closes on June 5, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to some common questions about Summer Orientation.

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. 

Due to various circumstances, Summer Orientation dates may not work for all students and their families. If you cannot attend Summer Orientation, please update that on your online registration form. Someone from our office will be in contact with you about next steps.

Arrival and student registration happen from 8–9:15 a.m. at the residence halls. Your first step is to go to your assigned Orientation residence hall that was sent to your personal email about a week before Orientation. Here, you will drop off all of your items and get your key for your new Orientation room! Please note that both commuter and residential students stay on campus during Summer Orientation.

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

Information Technology (IT) sends an email in early May to the personal email account we have on file. This message contains important information about your Stonehill email, username and password. 

For both families and students, we recommend bringing layers, as you will be both inside and outside. Also, check the weather before coming.

Specifically for our students, we recommend bringing the following items for your overnight Orientation experience:

  • Sleeping bag or linens for twin XL beds and a pillow (linens and pillows are not provided)
  • Small fan (if you get warm at night)
  • Shower 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!) 
  • Any type of medications you might need

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.

The Family program ends between 4–5 p.m. on the first day of Orientation. The Student program ends at approximately 3:45 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. 

Contact Information

Roche Dining Commons – 103

The Office of Student Engagement provides opportunities that will empower students to create a fun and positive campus community. The office enjoys a strong working and advising relationship with the Student Government Association, class committees and many of the student clubs and organizations.