Welcome Freshman Students! 

Welcome to the University at Albany! All new freshman students at UAlbany will participate in a two day Orientation program to prepare for the academic year.

  • 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.


  • Registration for Orientation begins on May 1st through the Welcome Website. Please see our Registration page for more details on how to sign up for an Orientation date.

Great Dane Beginnings:

  • Great Dane Beginnings is an online community for all new students. This community has a variety of important information to help you prepare for your first semester at UAlbany. To access and complete Great Dane Beginnings, please follow the steps below.
    • Starting on May 1st, login to Blackboard using your NetID and password.
    • Click on the “Community” tab in the top right.
    • Click on “Freshman Great Dane Beginnings” under “My Organizations.”
    • Review all sections of the community and complete all quizzes before your scheduled Orientation date.
  • Completion of Great Dane Beginnings is required for all new students. Please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@albany.edu with any questions.

Orientation Fee:

  • All freshman students are required to attend Orientation and pay a New Student Fee of $255 that is charged to the student's account.