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Orientation for Families
Congratulations on your student’s acceptance to Wentworth. You are about to embark on a very exciting journey through their first year of college. The information found within these pages will help you start off on the right foot.
The first thing you will want to do is make sure your student registers for New Student Orientation (NSO).
- Registration will open up in late April for students who have made their tuition deposit.
- Your student will receive an email to their personal email account with a registration link.
- Once your student has registered for the session of their choice, they will be sent a confirmation email with additional details about the event.
- The deadline to register for an NSO session is June 6, or when a session reaches capacity.
Family Orientation runs on the first day of each session of New Student Orientation. Registration for Family Orientation is part of your student's registration form.
- Check-in for Family Orientation occurs at the same time as New Student Orientation, between 8:00-9:00am in Baker Hall.
- We recommend students and family members check-in by 8:45 am so your student has time to set up their room and enjoy our continental breakfast prior to the Welcome Session at 9:30 am.
- Family Orientation wraps up around 6 pm. Students will remain on campus for dinner, additional sessions, and will spend the night in one of our residence halls.
Wentworth is conveniently located near the Green Line and Orange Line MBTA stops. If you are driving to campus, parking will be available in our West Lot and our Parker Street Lot.
Family Orientation Schedule
2018 NSO Family Schedule (June 14, 18, 22, 25)
7:45-8:15am Writing Sample Student Check-In (Baker)
7:45-9:30am Breakfast and Resource Fair (Tansey)
8:30-9:30am Remaining Student Check-In (Baker)
9:30-10:30am Welcome Address (Watson)
10:30-11:05am Student Affairs (Watson)
11:05-11:25am Financial Aid/Billing (Watson)
11:25-11:45am Registrar’s Office (Watson)
11:45am-12:45pm Lunch (Tansey)
12:45-1:45pm Academic Breakouts (Various Locations)
2:00-2:45pm Housing (Watson)
2:00-2:45pm Commuters (Blount)
3:00-3:30pm Student Panel (Watson)
3:30-4:45pm Dean’s Address (Watson)
4:45-5:15pm Parent/Student Goodbyes (Watson)
Planning to stay overnight in Boston during New Student Orientation?
Wentworth is so happy to have students joining us from many areas of the country and we know that families coming for New Student Orientation may need to stay overnight in Boston. While we can not house families in our residence halls, we have set up a room block at the Inn at Longwood Medical, the closest hotel to Wentworth (just over half a mile and a 10-15 minute walk from campus).
A limited number of rooms are available for the night before each orientation session (for those coming long distances and wishing to arrive early) and for the night of orientation. Rooms are $219.00 per night plus tax. Parking at the hotel is available for a fee. Each guest room comes with an in-room coffee maker, access to the hotel's Fitness Center, free high-speed Internet and a 15% off coupon to the on-site restaurant The Longwood Grille.
Reservations can be made directly with Hotel reservations at 617-731-4700 or 1-800-468-2378, be sure to ask for the Wentworth Orientation rate. You can also book your room online using "WITO0613" as your group code Please make your reservations by May 23.
Tips for Helping Your New Student
Families often ask how to help their student prepare and get ready for college. One of the biggest changes for many students, when they arrive at Wentworth, is living independently. Living independently includes both physically living in our residence halls as well as advocating for themselves in our community. Your student may need to approach a professor during their office hours if they don’t understand the material or recognize that they may be struggling in a particular area and schedule an appointment for tutoring at the Center for Academic Excellence. Students will need to adjust to the freedom of college schedules and manage their time appropriately. For some students, this is a difficult challenge.
There are some concrete things that you can do to assist your student before they arrive:
- Encourage them to voice their needs in external settings. If your student has a disagreement or a minor conflict, support your student but let them handle it on their own.
- Encourage your student to take on the same tasks that they will do once they arrive at Wentworth. One prime example is laundry. Many students arrive having been shown how to do laundry once. Make your student responsible for their laundry prior to arriving so they work out all of the kinks with you, rather than when they are living here. Mastery of these basic living skills at home will ease their transition into the new community.
- Discuss your values and expectations around community standards. How will you react if your child is involved in the discipline process? To learn more, please see the Office of The Dean of Student Affairs' Community Standards.
- Discuss your expectations around sharing grades. First-year students at Wentworth received midterm grades that are posted to their account. Discuss how you would like for your student to share those grades with them, if at all.
- Resist the urge to complete your student’s Wentworth related tasks over the summer. This is a good chance for them to practice their new skills.