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Check out our Orientation FAQ below, and if you still have questions, be sure to email us at

YES! Orientation is mandatory for all incoming first-year students.  Orientation is one of the most important parts of your transition to MCPHS and university life. At Orientation, you will gain the tools you need to be successful during your time at MCPHS – and you will make memories to last a lifetime. Absences are only permitted due to extenuating circumstances. If you are unable to attend Orientation due to an extenuating circumstance, please contact our Admission Office at 617.879.5964 or

International students are required to attend Orientation, and can register for any of the four Orientation sessions. Regardless of which Orientation session you attend, all undergraduate international students must arrive to campus on the Mandatory Reporting Day, Monday, August 28.

All international students are required to attend the first International Transition Workshop on Thursday, August 31. This workshop covers important topics related to transitioning to college life, including what to expect in the MCPHS classroom, as well as information about visas, immigration, and working in the U.S. You will also connect with our International Student Ambassadors, who are eager to meet you and provide you with continuous support throughout the upcoming academic year.

For our July Orientation sessions (Session 1, Session 2 and Session 3), check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on Day 1. On Day 2, both students and families will be finished around 1:00 p.m. For our August Orientation (Session 4), check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. with optional evening entertainment to follow.

During our July Orientation sessions (Session 1, Session 2 and Session 3), all students are required to stay on campus in one of our residence halls. Students will be assigned a room when they arrive on campus on Day 1. Please note that the room you are assigned during Orientation is not the room you will be living in during the academic year.

During our August Orientation (Session 4), all students will be moving directly into their assigned MCPHS-sponsored residence for the fall semester. Please note that, for commuter students who are not planning to live in MCPHS-sponsored housing during the fall semester, you will be expected to stay in your off-campus residence or to make other arrangements. We are not able to provide housing accommodations for commuter students during Session 4.

For our July Orientation sessions (Session 1, Session 2 and Session 3), all students must bring their own extra-long twin size sheets and blankets (or sleeping bag), pillow, and towels.

Remember, Orientation is only one night, so you can pack light! We recommend bringing: extra blankets (if you get cold), toiletries, shower shoes, medical supplies (if necessary), casual clothes for Day 2 (shorts, t-shirt, sneakers), comfortable shoes, tissues, glasses/contacts (if necessary), umbrella/raincoat, notebook/pen, extra money for snacks and souvenirs, and an alarm clock/phone.

We encourage students to bring no more than two family members to Orientation. Click here to learn more about our Family & Guest Orientation Program. 

Housing accommodations are only available to students during Orientation. We offer useful resources to help make finding local lodging accommodations for families easier. Special room rates have been arranged at local hotels and will be available at a later date. 

We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast and lunch on Day 2, as well as some fun snacks and treats in between for incoming students. Family and guests will also receive breakfast, lunch, and a light appetizer reception on Day 1 as well as breakfast and lunch on Day 2.

No. Families and students will mostly be on different schedules, however, you will be able to interact with your family at certain times during the Orientation program.

You must let us know of any food allergies or dietary needs when you register so we can accommodate you appropriately.

All students will receive this information prior to Orientation. You will receive an email from the University, which will include information on your MCPHS email, passwords, and how to log-in to view your academic schedule for the fall semester. Representatives from the offices that provide this information will be present at Orientation to answer your questions.

The English Language Proficiency Exam is required of all MCPHS University undergraduate students. The 90-minute exam tests oral proficiency as well as ability to comprehend written and aural selections in order to help the University ensure a student's success. No preparation is needed. All exam materials will be provided at Orientation.

Should you require any special testing accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 617.879.5995 to make arrangements prior to Orientation.

As an MCPHS student, you can purchase an MBTA semester pass through the University at a discounted rate. Registration for the Fall 2017 Semester Pass program will begin in early June. In the meantime, visit to familiarize yourself with the "T" system in Boston.

Join our exclusive Facebook group just for accepted students, where you can connect with your future classmates and find friends who will be at your Orientation session.

Like our Orientation Facebook page, where our Orientation Leaders will be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at Orientation. And be sure to follow our Boston campus on social media for pictures and updates during all of our Orientation sessions! We are @MCPHSboston on Twitter and @MCPHSadmission on Instagram.

Our official hashtag for Orientation is #MCPHSorientation. Use our official hashtag to share your excitement for Orientation – and be sure to share pictures and posts on social media during your Orientation session using #MCPHSorientation!