We are delighted that you have chosen to attend SUNY Oswego. Soon you will embark on an exciting journey, and we’re here to support you as you navigate the new places, people, opportunities, and lingo that SUNY Oswego has to offer!

The New Student Orientation Experience is designed to support your transition to our campus, prepare you for academic success and to foster robust social connections. Through a mix of in-person and virtual experiences, we aim to provide you with the resources you need to feel confident in your decision to become a Laker! We look forward to supporting you through this journey.

Get Started Now

Prior to registering for an in-person orientation program or completing Online Orientation, you must complete a series of new student steps, outlined in the New Student Menu. These steps include activation of your Laker NetID, completion of your academic and health requirements, submission of your Student ID Photo, and agreement to complete the New Student Orientation Experience. 

Components of New Student Orientation

All new, incoming students are required to complete Online Orientation, as well as an in-person Orientation Program, and required to attend and participate in our Laker Launch experience in early August. More information about each of the components can be viewed below. 

In-Person Orientation Program

If you’ve completed Steps 1 and 2 in the New Student Menu, you can reserve your space at one of our in-person Orientation programs. Our in-person programs are designed to connect you with our campus community, College leaders, returning student mentors, and your peers. All new students are required to attend an in-person Orientation Program, and must also complete our Online Orientation Modules.

Learn about In-Person Orientation

Complete Online Orientation

Even if you attend a mandatory, in-person Orientation Program, you are still required to complete our Online Orientation program. Online Orientation is housed in Brightspace, our New Learning Management System, and provides you with a comprehensive overview of student services that will prepare you for life as a Laker. 

Access Online Orientation

Laker Launch

In the week prior to classes, all new first year and transfer students will be required to join us for Laker Launch, our on-campus, extended orientation experience dedicated to introducing you to our campus culture. From trash cleanups along the lake to learning about student employment opportunities, nature walks at Rice Creek Field Station and more, this experience is designed to help you access all our campus has to offer. The program begins the evening of Tuesday, August 16th - the same day as move in for all new students (except those living in Johnson Hall who move in on Monday, August 15th)

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Meet the Laker Leaders

During your Orientation experience, you’ll be connected with one of our returning student mentors who will guide you through the process and beyond. Our Laker Leaders and Programs Assistants participate in a comprehensive training program to ensure they can provide you with the highest level of service. They are proud Lakers and exceptional ambassadors of our campus community!

Resources for Family Members and Supporters

Family members and supporters of our newest Lakers are experiencing this transition, too! The staff in our office is here to help you navigate these waters. Whether familiar or uncharted territory, we have resources to share and experiences to host that will benefit your Laker family. 

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145 Marano Campus Center (The Compass)
Phone: 315.312.5522

Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm EST
Academic Year Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm EST