NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Congratulations on your acceptance to Bloomfield College for the Fall 2013 semester. Your college orientation is scheduled for Sunday, August 25, 2013 to Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Your New Student Orientation will be three days of learning about BC, team building, community development, and fun. We are encouraging all freshmen first-year students and transfer students to attend Orientation (both residents and commuters). This orientation program has been designed to help with your transition to college life at Bloomfield College. You will have the opportunity to find out about the programs and services offered here at the College. You will also learn about our facilities, activities and standards and have the opportunity to interact with Bloomfield College students, faculty, and staff.
This page is designed to not only provide you with important information regarding your 3-day Orientation experience, but also to register you for New Student Orientation. In addition, there are helpful links to Frequently Asked Questions, Local Business Information, and information for Parents.
If you have any questions regarding the Fall 2013 New Student Orientation program, please call the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement at 973-748-9000 ext. 1144 or email: Student_ Orientation@bloomfield.edu.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR NEW STUDENTS
For all registered students, immunizations are required by the State of New Jersey and Bloomfield College. All students are required to provide 2 doses of MMR and 3 doses of Hepatitis B. Menactra & PPD (within 1 year) vaccinations are required for all Resident students prior to move-in. Please follow the links below if you still need to complete the process.
ORIENTATION/BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE FAQ'S
As a new student where can I go for help and support in dealing with my first year at college?
You have a number of resources available to you as a first year student at Bloomfield College.
• If you require a general answer to a question, feel free to stop by the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement (CSLE) that is located in the Student Center on the first floor. They can answer any general questions that you may have regarding student activities and organizations at the College, locations of academic resources at the College, direct you to the correct person at the College that you need to see, and answer any questions that you may have about Bloomfield Township and the surrounding area.
• The Learning Resource Center on the Quad by Schweitzer Hall contains the Center for Academic Development. They provide tutorial services, placement testing, and on-line resources. They have a number of individuals that can answer any questions that you have about studying for tests, writing papers, and preparing for class.
• The Office of Residential Education & Housing located within 208 Liberty Street is your source for questions if you are a resident student who has questions your residence hall, living with your roommate, or if you have a special need to be addressed.
• For commuter students, the Commuter Lounge is located conveniently in the Student Center on the second floor. Computer stations, commuter lockers, comfy furniture and a television are here for your use.
• The Deacon's Den has food services available for all students, a large screen television, pool table, and gaming corner featuring an X-Box 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. The Deacon’s Den is located on the first floor of the Student Center and is a great place to relax, eat, and mix and mingle with your friends between classes.
• The Wellness Center is also located in the Student Center on Floor 2 (Health Center) and Floor 3 (Personal Counseling and Spiritual Life/Chaplain). If you need to talk with somebody confidentially about a health related matter, these College staff members are there to help you!
When does New Student Orientation begin and when does it end?
New Student Orientation will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2013 through Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Check in begins at 9:00am on the Bloomfield College Quad. Orientation is 3 full days of meeting new friends, staff members, and other BC Students, as well as getting to know Bloomfield College, it’s layout, services, and culture.
What kinds of activities take place during Orientation?
New Student Orientation is jam-packed with activities and events designed to help you navigate your way around Bloomfield College. You will hear from various campus offices and support services, such as the Center for Career Development, the Wellness Center, Information Technology, Academic Affairs, Student Financial Services and more! There will be a session where all freshmen students discuss the summer reading book, and where transfer students can talk about their unique experience. Plus, there are tons of fun activities that will help you meet new people. We'll also be bringing local companies to campus to provide you with goodies and freebies, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, NJPAC, Garden State Yoga, Moe's Southwest Grill and more!
Do I need to RSVP for Orientation?
Yes. Please RSVP by visiting the Student Information and Registrations page of the Orientation website.
When do I move into my Residence Hall?
All students living on campus will check-into their Residence Halls on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Resident students who cannot demonstrate Immunization clearance will not be issued a residence hall room key and will not be permitted to reside in on-campus housing until immunization is obtained. For more information contact the Office of Residential Education and Housing.
Is there a dress code for Orientation?
No, students may wear appropriate clothing of their choice.
Do I have to bring anything to Orientation?
A positive attitude and open mind to learn all you can about Bloomfield College. If you are a Freshman, your copy of the summer reading, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Anything else you may need for our sessions will be provided for you.
Do I need to submit my Immunization Record?
The Office of Admission should have sent you the immunization form. The forms are also available on the Orientation Home Page. Please return it as soon as possible. You may attend Orientation even if you have not returned it to Health Services. VERY IMPORTANT INFO: In accordance with New Jersey State laws, it is extremely important for you to submit your completed Immunization forms or to have completed health immunization by obtaining the required vaccinations.
What if I cannot find my Immunization Record?
You might have had already had the vaccinations. A good place to start would be your primary care doctor or your last high school or college which you attended. When completed, return it to the Health Services Office by mail, by faxing it, or by dropping it off directly to the Health Services Office (Student Center, 198 Liberty Street, Floor 2).
Where can I get my vaccines if I need them?
Do check with your primary doctor. If you have any questions about health clearance, please call the Office of Health Services at 973-748-9000, ext. 1360. The fax number for Health Services is 973-259-0413. Health Services will be providing vaccinations during Orientation. Please check the Orientation schedule for times and location.
Where can I find more information about the Orientation Reading Book?
More information regarding the Orientation Reading and the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, can be found on the Orientation Reading website.
Where do I go to register for classes?
Go to the Advising Office located at 229 Liberty Street to make an appointment with one of the advisors or call 973-748-9000, etc. 1759.
Where do I go to clear my tuition bill and fees?
Student Financial Services is located in Knox Hall, on the 1st floor. Their phone number is 973-748-9000 ext. 1202.
How do I know where my classes will be located? Classroom assignments are going to be posted on the first day of classes in the College Hall lobbies on all three floors. You can also log onto Webadvisor to find your classroom assignments online.
What do I do if I want to drop/add a class?
You have to fill out the Add/Drop Form and bring it to the Registrar's Office. These forms can be obtained at the Advising Office or the Registrar's Office.
Where do I go to get my Student ID?
Your Student ID, known as the BCPass, can be obtained in the ID Center. The ID Center is located in 185 Liberty Street. It will be open during New Student Orientation. If you have any concerns about your ID such as it being lost or damaged, you must go to the ID Office for further assistance.
Where can I buy my books? Are there used copies of textbooks available?
The Campus Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Student Center, 198 Liberty Street. Used books are available for many courses, but they get sold quickly. Consider visiting the bookstore as soon as you find out which books you will need for your classes.
I want to get a job on/off campus. Who should I ask for help?
Contact the Center for Career Development, 12 Austin Place, at 973-748-9000 ext. 1250. There are a number of student positions available for on-campus employment. For off-campus employment, the Center for Career Development can help you create your resume. They have information on employment/internships and computer software that can help you to explore your aptitudes and help you choose your major if you are undecided.
If I have special needs that may require assistance for classes and/or housing, who should I ask for help?
Contact Services for Students with Disabilities, in the Center for Academic Development in Vorhees Hall, at 973-748-9000, ext. 1645.
What if I need to go to a pharmacy, supermarket, or to buy some clothing?
There are several pharmacies, a small market, several clothing stores, and quite a few restaurants within walking distance of the Bloomfield College campus. Please see the Local Info page for more details.
What is the College’s Official Telephone Number and Address?
The telephone number for the college is 973-748-9000, which will connect you to the switchboard operator who will direct your call to the appropriate office. The official mailing address for the college is as follows:
467 Franklin Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
All students living on the Bloomfield College campus will receive a mailbox from the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement where they can receive mail from the US Postal Service. Students will be able to sign up and get a mialbox key durng new student move-in on Saturday, August 24th.
What happens when Orientation is over?
Your college career at Bloomfield College officially begins! You have now been properly oriented to the College, its resources, and its staff. All of the faculty and staff at Bloomfield College are here to help you succeed in all of your academic and co-curricular endeavors. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us for help. The Office of Student Affairs is located on the second floor of 208 Liberty Street and our phone number is 973-748-9000 ext. 1245.