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

Can I move in prior to Orientation?

Yes. If you are living on campus, you can move in to your residence hall on Saturday, January 20th or Sunday, January 21st.

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       

Is there a Family Orientation program?

Family members are welcome to attend Family Orientation on Monday, January 22nd. 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 Advisement Services Center at 518-442-3960 or if you have any questions.