Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation consists of three components designed to support your transition to UAlbany: Great Dane Connection Days, Fall Orientation, and Virtual Orientation Modules. 

Great Dane Connection Days
Great Dane Connection Days are half day programs offered both virtually and in-person. The program will include connection with your Orientation Leader and peers, meeting your academic advisor, and a campus tour. 

For in-person Connection Days, you will have the option to spend the second half of your day exploring our campus and the Albany area. You may meet with the Financial Aid office, tour a residence hall room, explore the Athletics complex, and more! We will provide details on all of these options in your registration materials. 

Registering for a Great Dane Connection Day:

  • Be sure to pay your Enrollment deposit!
  • You will receive a Welcome email directing you to the Welcome To-Do List in your Application Portal.
  • From your Welcome To-Do List, you will have access to register for an in-person or virtual Great Dane Connection Day. There are several date options available beginning on June 28th and continuing throughout July. 

Fall Orientation
All incoming students will participate in a mandatory Fall Orientation prior to the start of classes. 

  • If you are living on campus, you will attend a half day Fall Orientation after you move in. You will receive more information via email in early August.
  • If you are not living on campus this fall, you will receive information in August regarding your Fall Orientation date.

Virtual Orientation Modules in Blackboard
Once you have paid your enrollment deposit, click here to log in to Blackboard with your Net ID and password to access your Virtual Orientation Modules. There are six modules covering Safety, Well-being, Financial Literacy, Student Life, Classroom Success, and Inclusion. These modules include important information on resources and services offered at UAlbany. You can review the modules and complete the quiz at the end of each section at your own pace. Please wait 2-3 business days after paying your enrollment deposit before accessing Blackboard.

Registering for Classes

When you register for a Great Dane Connection Day, you will complete the Course Request Questionnaire, answering questions about your academic and career interests. Upon submitting the form, it will be sent to the Academic Support Center where your assigned Academic Advisor will review your information as they create your fall schedule. Once your fall schedule is finished, your advisor will reach out to discuss your schedule and interests, as well as address any questions or concerns. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with your advisor during a Great Dane Connection Day to discuss your academic plan further.

New Student Trivia

Join us for a fun night of interactive pop culture trivia. You will have the opportunity to connect with your peers and win prizes! Select a date and time below to sign up for this virtual event. 

Building a Sustainable Future

Are you concerned about Climate Change? Do you want to want to help make the UAlbany campus more sustainable? Join us for an interactive program on the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Wednesday, July 28th, 1 pm - 3 pm. Learn more and sign up to participate here

New Student Fee

The New Student Fee supports UAlbany undergraduate students throughout their undergraduate careers. Programs supported by this fee include:

  • Virtual and in-person Orientation programs for all non-EOP incoming students
  • Connect2UAlbany programming for first and second year students
  • Prepare4Success programming for third and fourth year students
  • Student Success based programming

The New Student Fee is mandatory for all students excluding on-line degree candidates, IELP, Certificate Programs, Continuing Education, and EOP. 

The current New Student Fee for freshman students is $255.