Orientation FAQs

Read our Orientation FAQs.

Orientation is your first chance to start building your Cardinal community here at MCPHS. It gives our incoming students and their families a chance to explore campus, connect with peers, and learn about available resources.

MCPHS’ Orientation program is hybrid, with both an in-person one-day session on campus, and virtual self-paced modules to gain information on important resources on campus.

Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Students register for one session.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2024
  • Friday, June 21, 2024
  • Saturday, June 22, 2024
  • Sunday, June 23rd, 2024

Undergraduate New Student Orientation (for students residing outside of New England, New York and New Jersey)

  • Thursday, August 29, 2024

International Student Orientation

Students register for both sessions.

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2024 (Welcome and Reception)
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024 (General Orientation)

Transfer Student Orientation

  • Friday, August 30, 2024

It is highly encouraged for incoming students to attend one of the in-person Orientation sessions. Staff and student leaders are working hard to create an exciting program that allows you to meet peers and learn about the resources available to ensure your success at MCPHS.

Registration is required for the in-person orientation sessions. You will receive information regarding registration at your MCPHS email address on April 22, 2024. Registration will be open until June 9, 2024.

If you are having issues registering or need to change a previously registered date, please contact Admissions at visit@mcphs.edu.

Incoming students and their family/guests will start the Orientation program together, but will then split up to attend separate programs. Students and their family/guests will reconnect for the University Services & Support reception at the end of the day.

*Please note: transfer orientation on August 30, 2024 is only for incoming students, and does not have a separate family & guest component.

Siblings and children will attend the same programming as adults. We understand it may be necessary for younger children to accompany you; however, if you can attend without them, that is preferred as the programming will be tailored to an adult audience.

At check-in, you will receive a tote bag for collecting handouts throughout the day.

We recommend you have the following:

  • Paper to write on (if you are a note taker)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sweater or jacket (it can get chilly inside classrooms)
  • Refillable water bottle

We recommend the following parking garages:

Parking is not available in hospital garages. We are unable to validate parking. Limited street parking is available in the area; please note any posted parking rules or enforcements.
For a more convenient and affordable option, we recommend taking public transportation, the closest MBTA stop to campus is the Longwood Medical Area stop on the Green “E” Health Street line. For up-to-date service schedules visit www.mbta.com.

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Available dates: All orientation session dates, and the night prior.

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