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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, Sunday, August 25, 2019.

MCPHS's International Resource Days will take place on Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27. This is a required program for all new international students at MCPHS.

For our July Orientation sessions (Session 1, Session 2 and Session 3), check-in will be at 9:30 a.m. on Day 1. Please plan to arrive at 9:30 a.m. as to best help the event remain on schedule. Families and Guests should expect to finish their schedule on Day 1 around 5:30 p.m., after which an optional reception will be held. On Day 2, both students and families will be finished around 2 p.m.

For our August Orientation (Session 4), check-in will be at 7:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive at 7:30 a.m. as to best help the event remain on schedule.

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. 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. Find out more about special room rates arranged at local hotels.

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 their MCPHS email and online account information via email starting in early June. Students should expect two emails, one with their username and another with their password.

In July, all incoming Fall 2019 students will receive an email with details on how to log-in to view your academic schedule for the fall semester. Representatives from CASE (Center for Academic Success and Enrichment) and Admissions will be present at Orientation to answer your questions.

As an MCPHS student, you can purchase an MBTA semester pass through the University at a discounted rate. Registration for the Fall 2019 Semester Pass program will begin on June 10, 2019 and remain open through August 8, 2019. 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.

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!

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