Freshmen Student Orientation Information

Pre-Arrival Checklist: Please complete the below tasks before you arrive at UAlbany

  1. Orientation Registration
    • Register for International Orientation and Freshman Orientation.
    • All of Orientation is mandatory.
    • Orientation begins on Sunday, August 19th in the Campus Center Ballroom.  New student check-in will take place from 1:30-5:00pm. We encourage freshmen to check-in between 3:00-5:00pm. Students are required to attend Orientation and Welcome Weekend events through the week (August 19th-August 26th).
    • You will begin the course registration process when you register for Orientation, and your course schedule will be finalized at Orientation.
  2. Apply for Campus Housing
    • All freshman are required to live on-campus for their first two years.  Find information on sign-up here.
    • Housing sign-up is done through the Office of Residential Life.
    • Housing assignments will be sent to your Albany.edu email address in early August.
  3. Upload your photo for your ID Card through MyUAlbany
    • Do this at least two weeks before arrival so that your ID card is ready for you to pick-up at Orientation check-in.  Your ID Card gives you access to on-campus housing, dining plans, and other campus resources based on eligibility.
  4. Submit your Required Health Form to Student Health Services
    • In addition to the form, students must also show documentation that they have met the MMR requirement, requirement for TB testing, and certify that they meet the meningitis requirement in MyUAlbany.  More information on these requirements can be found here.
  5. Log in to ISSS's Required Pre-Orientation on Blackboard
    • More information on Pre-Orientation is available here.
    • Please successfully complete the required assignments for Academic Integrity, Cultural Adjustment, and Managing Your Finances prior to arrival.
  6. Set Up Your MyUAlbany and University Email Account
    • Information on how to do so is available here.  Check your albany.edu email address at least twice a week before and after arrival.  All official communication from the University will be sent to your UAlbany email.

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