Welcome Incoming Students!

Orientation at Brandeis is created by students for students. Orientation is coordinated by a small group of student leaders who work closely with the Director of Orientation and First Year Experience to create, plan and implement Orientation for new students. 

Your Orientation experience has two parts: virtual modules & in-person Orientation.  If you are joining us in August, your modules will be completed over the course of the summer. If you are joining us in January, your modules will be completed during the fall.

Virtual Orientation Modules

You will complete four virtual modules prior to your arrival on campus.  Three of these are your Orientation modules -  Module 1: Academic & Career ResourcesModule 2: Health, Safety & Wellness and Module 3: Getting Connected On and Around Campus. You will also receive a module from the Health and Wellness Promotion Office (HAWP) entitled "What Would Brandeis Do? Supporting Community Health and Safety" that you will need to complete. 

Your virtual modules will be accessed through our Learning and Teaching Technology Environment (LATTE) online platform. Once the modules are available, you will be able to access them by logging into LATTE using your Brandeis username (the first part of your Brandeis email address) and password. You will see a course on your dashboard where each Orientation module will appear once it has launched. The Navigating Health and Safety module will be listed under a separate course on your dashboard once it has become available. Click on the title of a module to begin the training and follow instructions from there.  

In-Person Orientation

You will then join us for your in-person Orientation before the start of classes. Orientation will provide you with information, resources and relationships that will help ease your transition to life at Brandeis. You will be placed into an Orientation group with other incoming students and will be assigned an Orientation Leader (OL), a current student who will guide you throughout your in-person program.

Before You Arrive

There are some tasks you will need to complete before your arrival on campus. For August admits, you have tasks that are due between May 2024 and August 2024. For January admits (midyear students) you will have tasks that are due between May 2024 and December 2024.  See the incoming students dates and deadlines for more information.

The Department of Orientation and First Year Experience will serve as a resource beginning before your arrival and continuing during your official Orientation days and beyond. Along with this department, your Orientation Leaders (OL's), Community Advisors (CA's), faculty and staff will be here for you whenever you need us.

Important Dates for August 2024 Admits 

  • August 22: Move-in for International Student Welcome Days (IWD) and Student Support Services Program (SSSP).
  • August 23: Move-in for Myra Kraft Achiever's Program and Optional Pre-Orientation Programs
  • August 25: New Undergraduate Student Move-In for first year and transfer students (move-in times TBD); Orientation will begin that afternoon
    *If you are involved in a Pre-Orientation program or are on certain fall athletic teams you will move in earlier. Information about required and optional Pre-Orientation programs will be available in early May. Athletes who will need to move in early will be contacted by their coaches.
  • August 25-27: New Undergraduate Student Orientation
  • August 28: First Day of Classes

Important Dates for January 2025 Admits

  • January 12: New Student Move-In & New Student Orientation begins
  • January 13: New Student Orientation
  • January 14: First Day of Classes

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