Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for Orientation?

Please follow the steps on the Welcome Website at to register for Orientation. If you are having problems with your registration, please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at

Where do Freshman Students stay overnight during Orientation?

Freshman students will stay overnight in a residence hall on Colonial 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 3:30 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
• 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 Orientation registration, 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. There is no additional fee for Family Orientation.

Can I get my class schedule before Orientation?

When you complete your Orientation registration, you will answer several questions about your academic interests. Your academic advisor will then contact you prior to Orientation with information about your class schedule. Be sure to check your UAlbany email and contact the Academic Support Center at 518-442-3960 or if you have any questions.

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 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.

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.