Parent/Family Orientation FAQs

Can I  attend Orientation with my student?

We have a separate and concurrent program for family and guests which is designed with your needs in mind.  You will gain valuable information about the programs, resources and services available at Oswego.  You will also have the opportunity to meet other parents and campus faculty, staff and administration.  Come and let us welcome you to the SUNY Oswego family.  We have SO much to share with you!

What overnight accommodation options are available for family and guests?  We do have accommodations available on campus.  There are plenty of off campus lodging options as well.

How do we get to campus if we travel by plane, bus or train?
Making travel arrangements to Oswego

Will students and parents attend all the same activities?
We have a separate program for family and guests so the time you will spend together with your student is limited.  You will be running on different schedules but may meet up at mealtime. 

What if one of my family members has a special need?  Students with special needs should complete the Students with Special Needs Identification Form to request reasonable accommodations.  Family members with access, mobility, sight or hearing challenges should indicate their special need at the point of registration or may do so by email at or by calling 315-312-5522.

What should I bring to Orientation?

  • comfortable clothing and footwear
  • a sweater or sweatshirt as temperatures vary from one location to another
  • a tote bag to carry your program materials and important paperwork

What should I wear to Orientation?  Dress is casual at Orientation.  However, you may wish to have a sweater or jacket as temperatures vary from location to location.

Why is there a fee for Orientation?  Orientation is a comprehensive program for new students which enlists the assistance of various campus departments and services.  There is an immense amount of preparation that goes into coordinating each program. We do not receive state funding for this program.  The fee covers meals, staffing and other operational costs such as technical assistance and program materials.

Will I be able to tour my student's assigned residence hall that (s)he will live in?  Unfortunately, no.  Residence hall rooms house the personal belongings of continuing students. The remaining rooms are being prepared for occupancy.  However, you can learn more about our residence halls and their room dimensions and layouts online.

Still want additional information?  Follow the parent resources link for the COMPASS to find out more about what you and/or your student can expect over the next few months or years.

We strongly encourage parents and family to attend Orientation because this is a time of adjustment for all of you.  However, Orientation is a requirement for all incoming first year and transfer students.