New 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.  Orientation sessions always occur on weekdays because the offices, faculty/staff members, academic advisors and other programs, resources and services required to assist students and family members with their college transition are not available on the weekends.

All incoming students are required to pay a New Student Programs Orientation fee that will be paid when the student registers for Orientation. This fee covers all costs associated with Orientation as well as resources available to students during the academic year.

“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. After May 1st, Visit the Welcome Website at, and follow the steps to register for Orientation. 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 reservation system and how to reserve a date.

When can I come? Orientation Dates – 2015

  1. For a full list of the date available for freshmen Orientation please visit our registration site by follwoing 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; major/college; and who has already registered before the student.  Therefore, the dates available to you will automatically populate when you log into the Orientation reservation 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 Reservation.

To Do Prior to Your Orientation Day:

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

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

Orientation Fee:

All incoming students are required to pay a New Student Programs Orientation fee. Family members that choose to attend the Family Orientation Program are also required to pay a Family Orientation fee. These fees cover all costs associated with Orientation as well as resources available to students during the academic year. The fee can be paid upon registering for Orientation. If you have a financial hardship and cannot pay the fee prior to attending orientation, please contact New Student Programs. 

Parents, Family, & Guests:

Family members and guests are welcome to attend New Student 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. At that point, the Family Orientation fee can also be paid. 

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.  Friends or siblings are not allowed to accompany students.

Parents and Family can also register for the UAlbany TIPS program to receive on-going UAlbany updates.


Freshmen 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 Assistants 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 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. While you will have your own bedroom/bathroom, you may be assigned to share an apartment with someone else as there are two separate bedroom/bathrooms located within each 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.
• 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 if I can't make it in the summer?

You are strongly urged to attend Orientation in the summer when University staff can focus their attention on new students.  Students who attend orientation in the summer are better prepared for a successful start to the school year. They meet with their advisor and become acquainted with the campus, its community and services, faculty, staff and classmates in a relaxed summer environment. However, if it is impossible for you to attend a summer program, you should select the "Fall Orientation" option when you fill out your registration. As all other freshmen, you will also attend Great Dane Beginnings Opening Weekend following your Orientation.

What should I bring to campus in the fall?

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