August 2018 Orientation

Tuesday, August 21

Move-in Information 

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.: Move-in for International Students

Friday, August 24

Move-in Information 

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Move-in for students in the following programs:

  • Arts, Media, Culture Preorientation

  • Business Preorientation

  • Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP)

  • Outdoor Leadership Pre-orientation

  • Science Pre-orientation

  • Social Justice Pre-orientation

  • Student Support Services Program (SSSP)

Check-in for all programs listed above will be in the Hassenfeld Conference Center. Please follow signs for Orientation Check-in. Once you have received your room key and Orientation materials, we will direct you to your residence hall, where student leaders will bring your luggage and other belongings directly to your room.

Student and Family Programs

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception

  • Hear from senior administration, and get to know staff, other families, and students

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Family Information Session

  • Staff from Academic Services, Community Living (housing) and the Dean’s Office are eager to answer all of your questions about life on campus — inside and outside of the classroom.

Sunday, August 26

Move-in Information

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Move-in for First-Year Students

  • First-year students: Please refer to your housing assignment email for your specific predesignated arrival time. You will receive this in early July at your Brandeis email address.

  • When you arrive on campus, Orientation Leaders and Brandeis University Public Safety will direct you to the appropriate check-in location. You will receive your Orientation materials while waiting in our staging area. You will pick up your room key in the center of the first-year quad you are living in. Please bring a photo ID with you to pick up your room key. 

  • At your residence hall, student leaders will bring your luggage and other belongings directly to your room. We do ask that one person who can drive the car remains with the vehicle at all times so that it can be moved as soon as it is unloaded. This process only takes a few minutes. You can then park your car for the day in our off-site parking lot (J Lot). Shuttles will be running constantly to bring passengers back to campus and back to J Lot at the end of the day.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Move-in and check-in for Transfer Students

  • When you arrive on campus, please follow the signs for Transfer Student Check-In at Spingold Theater. You will pick up your room key (if living on campus) and Orientation materials there. After you check in, you will go directly to your residence hall to move in.

  • In August, you will receive an email with a “Transfer Student Parking Pass.” Please display the parking pass on your windshield when you get to campus. This will give you access to the “Transfer/Commuter/Staff Entrance.”

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Check-in for Commuter Students

  • Please follow the signs for Commuter Student Check-In at Spingold Theater. You will pick up your Orientation materials there. Then please join us for our programs happening throughout the day.

  • In August, you’ll receive an email with a “Commuter Student Parking Pass.” Please display the parking pass on your windshield when you get to campus to gain access to the “Transfer/Commuter/Staff Entrance.” Once you have picked up your Orientation materials, please park your car in J Lot and take the shuttle back to campus. 

Student and Family Programs

11:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Taste of Brandeis (drinks and food are provided for all new students and family members)

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Meet and Greet with University Departments

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Student Panel

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Family Panel

3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Convocation: Brandeis Beginnings

3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Families Say Goodbye

4 p.m.: Family Reception

All of the programs listed above are optional. Some families are unable to stay for the entire day, and that is acceptable. There are a number of new students, student leaders, and staff who will support new students throughout the day. 

Transfer Student Orientation Information

Whether you are joining us in August or January, transfer students are strongly encouraged to participate in all Orientation events. Though you may have already participated in a new student orientation at a previous institution, our Orientation highlights all aspects of the Brandeis community - our resources, staff members, and fellow students - that are important for you to know.

You will be assigned an Orientation Leader and will be with a group of other transfer students, but you will also interact with other members of the Brandeis community. If you have any questions about transfer Orientation, please email

Additional Information
  • Only one car per student is allowed on campus when you arrive.

  • If you plan to bring a second car, it should go directly to J Lot. A shuttle will bring passengers and additional belongings back to the main campus. There will be signs from campus directing you to J Lot.

  • U-Hauls, trailers and moving companies are not permitted.

  • Free shuttles will be available for your use around campus. All shuttles are handicapped-accessible. 

  • The Department of Orientation staff will provide assistance to anyone who needs it. Please email Director of Orientation Jenny Abdou at to make arrangements prior to your arrival.