What will happen during Orientation?
Faculty, academic advisors, professional staff and student Orientation Assistants are excited to meet and guide you and your group throughout your Orientation. During this time, you will: attend information sessions covering academic requirements, the academic and social environment on campus, and what it takes to be successful at Albany; meet with your academic advisor to finalize course selection; receive your student ID card; meet and get to know your classmates
Is there a Family Orientation program?
Parents and family may opt to attend a family orientation that is scheduled concurrently and separately from the student program. Parent Orientation is on either Friday, January 17th or Tuesday, January 21st. You may wish to review the tentative parent orientation information found on the Parent section of our website. Please note that parents may not attend the student orientation program. 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.
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 University 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 Welcome Website at albany.edu/welcome.
I want to register for classes. Can I do so at any time?
All students must consult with an academic advisor before registering for classes. During Orientation you will have the opportunity to sit down one on one with an advisor to plan your academics. Please note that representatives from all academic departments are planning to meet with students during Orientation. Additional information about course selection can be found on the Welcome Website in the "Choosing Classes" section.
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.
What is Great Dane Beginnings Opening Weekend?
Orientation continues with "Great Dane Beginnings" that occurs immediately before classes begin in the fall (Thursday August 22 - Sunday August 25, 2013). Many of the programs focus on academics and the intellectual environment at UAlbany. In addition, you will be able to attend a variety of social programs so you can meet many more of your classmates and get involved in the campus community right away.
Among this year's events will be:
• New Students and Family BBQ
• Welcome Candlelighting Ceremony – A UAlbany tradition welcoming new students to campus
• Danes After Dark & Campus Programming Board Present: First Night Fest
• Explore UAlbany
• All Around Albany Bus Tours
• Pave Your Pathway to Success
Go to the Opening Weekend Website for a full list of events!
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.