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New Falcon Experience

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New Falcon Experience

Getting started at Bentley

Welcome!

Your New Falcon Experience will help prepare you for life at Bentley. Throughout the next few months, you will connect with fellow Falcons at social events, complete tasks on your New Student Checklist, attend Orientation and begin to create a plan to maximize your time here. We have a dedicated team of student leaders, staff and faculty to help you every step of the way.

Becoming a Falcon

New Falcon Quick Guide

Checklist

New students join the Bentley community in both the fall and spring semesters. Regardless of when you start, you will have a robust New Falcon Experience. Along the way, there are tasks that you will be responsible for completing. You will find specific deadlines and links to the tasks in your BentleyConnect portal. 

Next Checklist Deadline: Submit Immunization and Health Records

June 15, 2024

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Missed the Placement Essay & Math Survey Deadlines?

Fall Semester Start

May

  • Sign the Acceptable Use Policy in BentleyConnect
  • Set up your Bentley email account 
  • Review the New Falcon Quick Guide and webpage  

June

  • Complete Bentley Beginnings Online Orientation 
  • Complete Critical Reading and Writing Placement Essay 
  • Complete Math Selection Survey 
  • Submit Housing and Meal Plan Contract/Application (residential students only)
  • Submit Immunization and Health Records 
  • Review Advising and Registration Prep Videos 
  • Complete onboarding tasks in Workday

July

  • Submit photo for student ID 
  • Prepare for Advising Course Registration
  • Register for fall courses  
  • Student bill available on Workday (mid-July)
  • Receive residential assignment and roommate information (late July)

August

  • Pay student bill 
  • Enroll in or waive health insurance 
  • Complete self-guided learning courses 
  • Participate in New Student Orientation (on-campus)

Spring Semester Start

September/October

  • Sign Acceptable Use Policy in BentleyConnect
  • Set up your Bentley email account 
  • Review the New Falcon Quick Guide and webpage

November

  • Complete Bentley Beginnings Online Orientation 
  • Complete Critical Reading and Writing Placement Essay 
  • Complete Math Selection Survey 
  • Submit Immunization and Health Records 
  • Submit photo for student ID

December 

  • Submit Housing and Meal Plan Contract/ Application (residential students only)
  • Review Advising and Registration Prep Videos 
  • Student bill available on Workday (early December)
  • Complete onboarding tasks in Workday 

January

  • Pay student bill 
  • Enroll in or waive health insurance
  • Receive residential assignment and roommate information (early January) 
  • Register for spring courses 
  • Complete self-guided learning courses 
  • Participate in New Student Orientation (on-campus)

Important Portals

Where to complete your tasks

New Falcon News

Here are the past editions of the New Falcon News for your convenience. Remember these will be sent every Tuesday to new Falcons via your Bentley email.

May 14, 2024, Edition 1

May 21, 2024, Edition 2

May 28, 2024, Edition 3

June 4, 2024, Edition 4

June 11, 2024, Edition 5

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Start Connecting!

Connection is key when you join a new community. Make sure to attend our events this summer this summer to "nestwork" with fellow Falcons, ask questions and win cool swag. Check our Instagram and weekly emails for details. Looking for instructions to access CampusGroups, click here.

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Orientation and New Student Programs

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Undergraduate Orientation

Mark your calendars for August 29, 2024! That’s when your Bentley journey really kicks off. If you’re living on campus, you’ll move into your residence hall before the program begins. Your timing may vary based on participation in pre-orientation programs like the International Student Welcome, Mosaic Program, and Defined Communities.

What to expect during Orientation:

  1. Meet fellow students and connect with faculty and staff.
  2. Learn about core values, rights and responsibilities.
  3. Participate in sessions and workshops to build a strong academic foundation.
  4. Engage in social and educational programming.
  5. Craft a plan for a successful first semester.

Get ready for an exciting start!

MOSAIC Experience

A pre-orientation program open to first-year students of color and allies. Starting three days before Orientation, it provides an early campus move-in opportunity and offers tools for academic success and building connections. The Multicultural Center provides an inclusive environment for students to leverage programming designed to foster an informed, empowered, and compassionate community. For more information contact the Multicultural Center staff via email.

Defined Communities

The Defined Communities at Bentley provide opportunities for students with similar interests to live and learn together in a dedicated area of a residence hall. Guided and advised by strong teams of faculty, staff and student leaders, Defined Communities allow students to take ownership of their living and learning to enhance their overall experience on campus. 

Students will move in early on Tuesday, August 27 and participate in a leadership program prior to Orientation. 

International Students

The Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) welcomes students from more than 90 countries each year. CISS provides guidance on immigration-related matters as well as assistance with cultural adjustment. Our goal is to ensure that all students feel comfortable in the Bentley community. 

International students will attend an International Student Welcome and Orientation prior to orientation. If you are joining us this fall, the program will begin on Tuesday, August 27, 2024.

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