Freshmen (spring)

We are pleased to welcome you to the University at Albany. To help you make a smooth transition to the UAlbany community, your Academic Advisor, student Orientation Assistant, and many other University representatives are excited to welcome and guide you during your Orientation program.

During Orientation, you will:

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor, finalize your course selections and receive academic information that will assist you at the start of classes.
  • Attend informational meetings to learn about academic and co-curricular life, personal and property safety, and how to be successful academically at UAlbany.
  • Become familiar with classrooms and facilities.
  • Receive your SUNYCard student ID.
  • Meet new classmates, faculty and staff.

A $95 freshman student orientation fee covers the costs of staff, refreshments, materials and services received during Orientation, as well as events, resources, and support provided throughout the year.

Freshman Orientation will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Before you can register for Orientation you must pay your Admissions Deposit. After you have paid your deposit visit the University at Albany Welcome Website and follow the steps to register for Orientation. Be sure to complete all items on the Welcome Website in order to make your transition to UAlbany as smooth as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: The University at Albany's Welcome Website will not go live until November, 15 2013.

Q1: What will happen during Orientation?

Faculty, academic advisors, professional staff and student Orientation Assistants are excited to meet and guide you and your group throughout your Orientation. During this time, you will: attend information sessions covering academic requirements, the academic and social environment on campus, and what it takes to be successful at Albany, both academically and personally meet with your academic advisor to finalize course selectionreceive your student ID card meet and get to know your classmates

Q2: If I am living on campus, when can I move in?

The residence halls open for the spring 2014 semester on Sunday, January 19 at 11:00am.  You can check into your hall at the Quad Information Center on the quadrangle to which you have been assigned.  For more information on living on campus contact Residential Life at (518) 442-5875.

Q3: Is there a Parent Orientation program?

Parents and family may opt to attend a parent orientation that is scheduled concurrently and separately* from the student program.  Parent Orientation is on either Friday, January 17 or Tuesday, January 21. You may wish to review the tentative parent orientation information found on the Parent section of our website.  Please note that parents may not attend the student orientation program. *Due to the student's schedule, there will not be time for significant interaction between family members and students until you are ready to depart from campus.

Q4: What do I need to prepare/complete before coming to Orientation?

Review New Freshman Advisement Information found at:  "Choosing Classes" and return your Course Request Form to the Advisement Services Center.Activate your MyUAlbany and University email accounts and memorize your Net ID and password. Write down all your questions so that you remember to ask them. Additionally, be certain you have completed each step included on the Welcome Website at