Freshman Student Orientation:

At Orientation, you will see, learn and do everything you will need before the first day of classes!

Complete Orientation participation is required for all new degree-seeking undergraduate students. During Orientation, students will meet with their academic advisor and complete their course registration. Course registration is not finalized until students have met with an advisor. During Orientation, there will be current UAlbany students, faculty, academic advisors, and other staff members available to assist students and families with their college transition.

All incoming students are required to pay a New Student Programs Orientation fee. This fee covers all costs associated with Orientation as well as resources available to students during the academic year. The fee can be paid while registering for Orientation.

“Before Orientation I was a little nervous but now I feel right at home with everyone and I can't wait to come back!” – UAlbany Student

How To Reserve Date?

  1. Pay your admissions deposit.

  2. Set up your NetID and password.  This information will be sent to your personal email after you pay your deposit.

  3. In early May, you will receive an email inviting you to visit the Welcome Website at Here you will find a check list with all the steps that new students need to complete before coming to campus, including Orientation! 

  4. On the Orientation section of the Welcome Website you will be given clear instructions on how to log into the Orientation registration system and how to reserve a date.

When can I come?

  1. Freshman Orientation is a two-day program. There are several dates available that span from the end of June through July. For a full list of the dates available for Freshman Orientation, please visit our registration site by following the steps on the Welcome Website:
  2. Orientation availability is always changing and may differ for each student based on: a student's admissions classification; academic major; and who has already registered before the student.  Therefore, the dates available to you will automatically populate when you log into the Orientation registration website. 

  3. Every Orientation date has both a student and family program.

When and Where to Report:

More detailed information about when and where to report for your Orientation, including directions and parking information, will be sent to your UAlbany email account upon submission of your Orientation Registration.

To Do Prior to Your Orientation Day:

•  Read and print out the Orientation confirmation email, Orientation Map, and Parking Pass.

•  Review New Freshman Advisement Information found in the "Choosing Classes" section on the Welcome Website. Be sure to submit your Course Request Form according to the instructions.

•  Submit a SUNYCard ID Photo through the Welcome Website.

•  Complete all other steps on the Welcome Website to ensure a smooth transition to UAlbany.

Orientation Fee:

All incoming freshman students are required to pay a New Student Programs Orientation fee of $225. Family members that choose to attend the Family Orientation Program are also required to pay a Parent Orientation fee of $65. These fees cover all costs associated with Orientation as well as resources available to students during the academic year. The fee can be paid while registering for Orientation.

The Student Orientation fee is not dependent on attendance at Orientation. If a family member pays the Family Orientation fee and then does not attend the Orientation program, a refund can be requested by contacting New Student Programs.

Parents, Family, & Guests:

Family members and guests are welcome to attend Family Orientation. Typical topics covered are: academic environment and academic support programs, on-campus living, counseling and health services, financial aid and billing, and information from the Parent Liaison. Students should register expected guests on the Orientation registration.

Family members will follow a separate schedule of events. Because of the nature of the program, it is not appropriate for anyone except family members, parent/guardians or spouses to attend as a guest. Please see more information on the "Family Orientation" section of our website.


Freshman Students Should Bring:

  1. Overnight Supplies - Bed linen or sleeping bag, pillow, alarm clock, toiletries & towels
  2. Clothing - Informal clothing that is appropriate for outdoor activities and comfortable shoes
  3. Sneakers - Significant walking and outdoor activity will be required; sandals alone will not suffice
  4. Fan - Students should bring a portable fan for the residence hall
  5. Photo ID - Necessary in order to receive your SUNYCard
  6. Temporary Parking Permit - Display this on your dashboard if you plan to drive to Orientation, available in the confirmation materials sent to your UAlbany email address
  7. Campus Map - Available in the confirmation materials sent to your UAlbany email address
  8. Money - for vending machines or bookstore, if desired
  9. Your UAlbany ID, NetID and password
  10. Your Questions and Enthusiasm!

What will happen during Orientation? 

At Freshman Orientation, faculty, academic advisors, professional staff and student Orientation Leaders are excited to meet and guide you and your group throughout the program. During this time, you will:

• attend a number of information sessions covering academic requirements, the academic and social environment on campus, and what it takes to be successful at UAlbany, both academically and personally
• meet with your academic advisor
• receive your student ID card
• meet and get to know your classmates

Students stay overnight in a residence hall on campus the night of their orientation which is covered by their orientation fee. 

Do I need to attend one of the first summer Orientations to get the classes I want?

Your course registration will occur before you attend Orientation, so it doesn't matter which date you select. You should select dates that best suit you/your family's summer plans.
For more information visit the ‘Choosing Classes’ section of the Welcome Website.

What should I bring to summer Orientation?

Please see our What to Bring tab on this page for a list of things needed for Orientation.

Can I bring a friend to Orientation?

You will not be able to bring a friend who is not coming to the University as a new student. No accommodations can be made for others who are not assigned to your Orientation date.

Can students stay on campus the night before or after Orientation?

Yes, there are overnight accommodations available on the night before your orientation on a first come basis. Apartment style accommodations are available on Empire Commons. These feature air conditioning and full size beds, but there is no phone or TV in the apartment. Towels, linens and blankets are provided. Starting June 1, you may call (518) 956-6250 for more information and reservations. The cost is $50/bedroom.

Is there a Family Orientation program?

Parents and family may opt to attend a parent orientation that is scheduled concurrently and separately* from the student program.  Parent Orientation is held during every student program. Please note that parents may not attend the student orientation program. Also, parents may not reside in the residence hall room with students during the orientation; however, there are options for parents who do wish to stay on campus. 

*Due to the student's schedule, there will not be time for significant interaction between family members and students until you are ready to depart from campus at 4 pm on the second day.

What overnight options are available to parents?

Information about staying on or off campus in Albany can be found at our Overnight Options for Parents page.

Will I stay with my family members?

No, students stay with their group and their group's Orientation Assistant, a current student, in a residence hall. 

What do I need to prepare/complete before coming to Orientation?

• Review New Freshman Advisement Information found at:  "Choosing Classes" and return your Course Request Form to the Advisement Services Center.
• Submit a SUNYCard ID Photo through the Welcome Website.
• Activate your MyUAlbany and UAlbany email accounts and memorize your Net ID and password.
• Write down all your questions so that you remember to ask them.
• Additionally, be certain you have completed each step included on the Freshman Checklist.

What do I need to complete prior to coming to campus in the fall?

Please see the UAlbany Welcome Website for the freshman student checklist which details all the steps students need to take before coming to campus. 

I am not going to live on campus during the fall semester, do I still have to stay overnight at Orientation?

Yes, all freshmen, whether they plan to live on campus during the academic year or commute from home, attend the full 2-day summer orientation program that includes one night on campus. There is much to be learned about the University and how you will relate to it, and our program sessions begin early and end late on the 1st day. There are social events at night that provide an excellent opportunity for all students to get to know one another and continue to learn about campus facilities. We begin again early the 2nd morning and meetings continue until 4:00 pm. Information learned is equally applicable to both commuter and resident students.

Will my roommate at Orientation be my roommate during the academic year?

There is no relationship between the person(s) with whom you stay overnight at Orientation and the person(s) with whom you will live during the academic year. Roommates are assigned randomly for your Orientation night.

What should I bring to campus in the fall?

Please see the Residential Life What to Pack page for details on what to bring to campus when you move in.