Transfer Advisement and Orientation

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.

All Transfer students are required to attend a Transfer Advisement session and Transfer Orientation:

Transfer Advisement Transfer Advisement is a one-day session in June or August during which you will receive information about transfer resources at UAlbany, complete requirements, and meet with your academic advisor to finalize your class schedule.

Transfer Orientation is a full day conference that takes place on Friday, August 26th for all transfer students. At Orientation, you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of different interactive sessions to help you acclimate to the community and become a successful Great Dane!

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.

“Every interaction felt personal, and the Orientation process got me more excited about actually starting school.” – 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. Visit the Welcome Website at www.albany.edu/welcome, 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 login to the Orientation registration system.

When can I come? - Orientation Dates

  1. There are four Transfer Advisement sessions to choose from: June 20th, June 21st, August 1st, and August 2nd.

  2. Transfer Orientation is on Friday, August 26th. All transfer students must attend a Transfer Advisement session and Transfer Orientation.

  3. Availability for Transfer Advisement is always changing based on who has already registered and may differ for each student based on student type and major. The available dates will be shown when registering for Orientation.

Registration Process:

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

Immediately after submitting your Transfer Advisement and Orientation registration, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will include important information including when and where to arrive for Transfer Advisement and Orientation, a map, and a parking pass. The Transfer Advisement schedule will be distributed during Check In.

Orientation Fee:

All incoming transfer students are required to pay a Transfer Student Orientation fee of $100. Family members that choose to attend the Family Orientation Program are also required to pay a Parent Orientation fee of $25. 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 that is concurrent with Transfer Advisement. 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 during 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 Transfer Advisement Day:

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

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

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

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

Transfer Students Should Bring:

  1. Photo ID- Students will need this to get their SUNYCard.
  2. 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. 
  3. Campus Map - Available in the confirmation materials sent to your UAlbany email address.
  4. Confirmation Materials - The materials in your confirmation email will have a lot of useful information that will help you at Transfer Advisement and Orientation.
  5. Clothing - Comfortable, informal, weather appropriate clothing and footwear.
  6. Meals - Lunch is provided for students as part of their Orientation fee. Parents/family members are able to purchase meals at several locations on campus.
  7. Your NetID and password. 
  8. Your Questions and Enthusiasm!

How do I register for Transfer Advisement and Orientation?

Please follow the steps on the Welcome Website at www.albany.edu/welcome to register for Transfer Advisement and Orientation. If you are having problems with your registration, please contact New Student Programs at orientation@albany.edu.

What will happen during Transfer Advisement?

During Transfer Advisement, you will receive your SUNYCard Student ID, learn about transfer resources, attend a mandatory session, and meet with your academic advisor to finalize your class schedule. There will also be two optional tours during Transfer Advisement: a walking tour of the UAlbany campus and a bus tour to Alumni Quad during which you will be able to view a sample suite on Alumni Quad.

What will happen during Transfer Orientation?

Transfer Orientation is a full day conference that takes place on Friday, August 26th. At Transfer Orientation, you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of different interactive sessions to help you acclimate to the community and become a successful Great Dane! Some of the session topics include research, internship, and study abroad opportunities, involvement on campus, veterans services, community service opportunities, student government, and many more!

Is there a Family Orientation program?

Family members are welcome to attend Family Orientation that is concurrent with Transfer Advisement. 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 during 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.

How do I register for classes?

Please go the Welcome Website at www.albany.edu/welcome, select "Choose Your Classes," and read and complete all items on that website. During Transfer Advisement, you will have the opportunity to meet with your academic advisor to finalize your class schedule. 

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.