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Every August the College hosts orientation for all incoming students. The Office of Transition and Leadership Programs collaborates with the International Education Center and Graduate Programs to plan a structured program with different tracks for first-time freshmen & foundation transfer students, upperclass transfer students, international students and graduate students to integrate MassArt’s newest students into the academic, social and artistic community. Orientation is a required program for new students, designed to foster relationship building among students, student leaders, faculty, staff and administrators.

Welcome to MassArt, Class of 2022!

Important Dates

Move-In Day
Move-In for all new students will occur on September 1, 2018.

Overall, move-in occurs between 7:00am-12:30pm, however, resident students will receive an email to their MassArt email accounts with their move-in time and parking instructions in early August.

Students must arrive during their assigned time slot. If you are early, you will have to wait until your assigned time to move-in. If you are late, you will have to wait until after 12:30pm when the move-in process is completed.

We thank you in advance for your compliance with the process, as move-in day at a college located in the city can be challenging. This process has resulted in many years of smooth move-in experiences for our new students and their families. 

Learn more about Move-In Day.

Types of Orientation

Family Orientation for parents/family members of incoming students will also occur on September 1. Online registration for Family Orientation has closed, however you are more than welcome to register on-site on Saturday.

New Student Orientation for all incoming students will occur between September 1-4.  Please see below for the dates specific for each incoming population (first time freshmen & foundation transfer students; upperclass transfer students and exchange students; international students and graduate students).

First-time Freshman & Foundation Transfer Track
All first-time freshman as well as those transferring into our Studio Foundation program will attend Orientation from September 1-4. Start and end times for each day will be available in the beginning of August. 

A detailed schedule will be handed out on the first day, but the start and end times for each day are below:

September 1

  • Move-In for resident students will occur during the first half of the day. You will receive your assigned move-in time from the Housing Office via your MassArt email
  • Orientation - 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Optional dinner - 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Required floor meetings for resident students at 7:00pm
  • Optional commuter reception at 7:00pm

September 2: 9:00am-1:00pm with optional afternoon programming and optional evening entertainment

September 3: 9:00am-4:30pm with optional evening entertainment

September 4: 9:00am-5:30pm

Register for First-time Freshman/Foundation Transfer Track

Upper-Class Transfer/Exchange Student Track
Upperclass transfer students (those transferring in as a sophmore, junior, or senior) and exchange students (International and AICAD) will have Orientation on September 2nd. 

You will receive a detailed schedule at check-in but the start/end times for the day are below:

September 1:

  • Move-In for resident students will occur during the first half of the day. You will receive your assigned move-in time from the Housing Office via your MassArt email
  • Required floor meetings for resident students will occur at 7:00pm

September 2: The Upperclass Transfer/Exchange Student Orientation will occur from 8:00am - 1:00pm

September 2: International students and Exchange students of all program levels will have some international-specific orientation programming from 1:00pm - 5:30pm

Register for Upper-Class Transfer Track

Graduate Student Track
Graduate students will attend Orientation on September 2nd.

Those attending the Graduate Student Track will receive registration information  information directly from the Graduate Programs Office.

International Student Track
International Students & Exchange Students will attend the track that matches their program level and then attend some additional, International-specific programming during the afternoon on September 2. For more information, see: International Student Arrival and Transition Resources.


If you are a parent/family member of an incoming student and would like to receive email communication during the months of July and August with information about MassArt, and resources that are available to your student, please fill out the form linked to provide us with the best email address to reach you.

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Orientation Primers

What is a Primer?
A Primer is a student leader who serves as an orientation guide and supports you throughout the academic year. During orientation, every first-time freshman & foundation transfer is assigned to a Primer who accompanies you to sessions, answers questions and helps you transition into the MassArt community. Primers represent a wide range of academic disciplines and are extremely resourceful. They are excited about getting to know you and assisting you in any way they can.

Lead Primers are students who have served as a Primer in the past and are hired to work with the Director of Transition and Leadership Programs to hire the Primer staff, plan the logistics of the event and work behind the scenes to make sure the Orientation program goes successfully for our incoming students and their families. The Lead Primers do not have student groups like the Primers do.

Meet the Primers


Laura Flynn
Director of Transition and Leadership • 617.879.7723