Freshman Orientation & Course Request

Orientation programs assist new students as they make the transition to life at the University at Albany. Our friendly and informed staff will provide the guidance and support you need to become fully integrated into the campus community.

To register and prepare for orientation, please follow the steps below.

Register for Orientation

  1. Login to MyUAlbany using your NetID and password.
  2. Click on the "Campus Life" tab on the top.
  3. Click on the "Register for Orientation" link on the left under "Orientation."
  4. Login to the Orientation Registration using your NetID and password (Note: You will be able to login to the registration website 1-2 days following the payment of your enrollment deposit.).
  5. During your Orientation registration, you will be asked about your living community preference for your first year. If you are interested in a Living-Learning Community, you can learn more about the available options on the Living-Learning Community website.
  6. You will be asked several questions about your academic plans. To help you properly answer these questions, please refer to the New Freshman Advisement Information website.
  7. Complete the registration. If you encounter any problems registering, please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at Be sure to click the submit button! 
  8. Review and print the Orientation confirmation materials sent to your UAlbany email address.

Please Note:

  • Availability of dates may vary per student based on admission status, intended major, and event capacity.
  • Orientation is mandatory for all new students.
  • There is a New Student Fee of $255 that will be charged to your student account.

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.

  1. Login to Blackboard using your NetID and password.
  2. Click on the “Community” tab in the top right.
  3. Click on “Freshman Great Dane Beginnings” under “My Organizations.”
  4. Review all sections of the community and complete all quizzes.

Completion of Great Dane Beginnings is required for all new students. Please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at with any questions.

Family Orientation

  1. If a family member would like to attend the Family Orientation program, the student should register that individual under “Family Orientation” in the Orientation registration.
  2. Be sure to add an email address for the family member that will be attending the program.
  3. The family member should check their email for the automatic confirmation email specific to the Family Orientation program.
  4. Make arrangements for overnight accommodations. While students will stay overnight in the residence halls, family member accommodations are made separately. The confirmation email will provide information on overnight options on-campus and off-campus.

Please Note:

  • The Family Orientation program is optional.
  • The Family Orientation program is concurrent but separate from the student program.
  • Topics covered include: academic environment and academic support programs, career services, counseling and health services, financial services, and campus resources.
  • There is no additional fee for the Family Orientation program.

Prepare for Orientation

  1. Print out your confirmation email, map, and parking pass to bring with you to Orientation.
  2. Complete all the items listed on your Welcome Website To-Do List.
  3. Complete Great Dane Beginnings.
  4. Mark your calendar for your selected Freshman Orientation date!

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you at Orientation!

Contact us
(518) 442-5509

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