How do I register for Orientation?
Please follow the steps on the Welcome Website at www.albany.edu/welcome to register for Orientation. If you are having problems with your registration, please contact New Student Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do Freshman Students stay overnight during Orientation?
Freshman students will stay overnight in a residence hall on State Quad. When students check in for Orientation, they will be assigned to a room and will receive keys for the two days. Students will then check out and return their keys at 4:00 pm on the second day of Orientation.
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
Do I need to attend one of the first summer Orientations to get the classes I want?
No, you should select the Orientation date that works best for you and your family. After you complete the "Choosing Classes" section of the Welcome Website, your academic advisor will work with you to create your class schedule. You will then finalize your schedule when you meet with your advisor at Orientation. Since your class registration will occur before you attend Orientation, it does not matter which Orientation you attend.
Is there a Family Orientation program?
Family members 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 family members on the Orientation registration.
Family members will follow a separate schedule of events. Only UAlbany students are allowed to attend Student Orientation. Family members that wish to accompany students need to attend the Family Orientation program
Will I stay with my family members?
No, students stay with their group and their group's Orientation Leader, a current student, in a residence hall. Family members attending Family Orientation need to make separate accommodations in a hotel or in an on-campus apartment.
What overnight options are available for family members?
Information about staying overnight on or off campus can be found at our Overnight Options for Parents page.
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 with whom you stay overnight at Orientation and the person with whom you will live during the academic year. Roommates are assigned randomly for your Orientation night and we do not accept roommate requests for Orientation.
Can students stay on campus the night before 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.