Freshman Student Orientation:

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

Orientation programs assist new students as they make the transition to life at the University at Albany. Our friendly and informed staff will provide the guidance and support you need to become fully integrated into the campus community. Complete Orientation participation is required for all new degree-seeking undergraduate students.

Freshman Orientation is a two day program in the summer during which students stay overnight in a UAlbany residence hall. Students will meet with their academic advisor to finalize their class schedule, attend interactive and informative sessions, meet other freshman students, and have fun! Current UAlbany students serve as Orientation Leaders to guide students throughout the entire Orientation program.

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.

“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 Register?

  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. Visit Welcome Website at http://www.albany.edu/welcome/. 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 login to the Orientation registration system.

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: www.albany.edu/welcome.

  2. Orientation availability is always changing and may differ for each student based on student type and who has already registered for each date. Therefore, the dates available to you will automatically populate when you login to the Orientation registration website. 

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

Registration Process:

Follow the instructions on www.albany.edu/welcome to register for Orientation. During registration, you will be able to select your Orientation date, add family members that wish to attend Family Orientation, and pay the Orientation fee.

Immediately after submitting your Orientation registration, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will include important information including when and where to arrive for Orientation, a map, and a parking pass.

The Orientation schedule will be distributed during Orientation Check In. You can view last year's schedule under the "Orientation Resources" section of our website. In your confirmation email, there will also be a link to a Sample Orientation Schedule.

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.

Family Members:

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.

To Do Prior to Your Orientation Day:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Submit a SUNYCard ID Photo through the Welcome Website.

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

 

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!

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 orientation@albany.edu.

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.