Parent and Supporter's Digital Resources

SUNY Oswego’s hybrid approach to the New Student Orientation experience means that we’re providing our incoming students and their families with more opportunities to connect with peers, other Laker families, returning student mentors, and College staff than ever before. We are thrilled to be offering a multitude of ways for our newest Lakers to foster a strong bond with our community over the summer months. 

This page outlines the various experiences designed for new students and families to leverage a virtual transition to SUNY Oswego. 

Enjoy our Parent & Supporters Newsletters

Issue #1: Welcome 

Issue #2: Down to Business

Issue #3: Health and Wellness

Issue #4: Dining, Books, and More

Issue #5: Diversity and Inclusion

Issue #6: Career Services

You are invited to attend our Family, Supporter & Student Webinars!

These can be accessed through Zoom on the following dates.



Campus Partner(s)


Key Questions


Date & Time

Supporting your Student’s Wellness during the Semester

Fitness Center, CSC, Health Services

How can I support my student’s wellness this semester (physical, emotional, mental)?

June 28, 2021 at 6 pm ET

Financing Your Future

Financial Aid & Student Accounts

Where your money goes matters most to you. Attend this webinar with professionals from our Financial Aid and Student Accounts Offices to find out more. 

June 30, 2021 at 6 pm ET

The New Student Advisement Experience

Advisement Center (Allison Peer, Andrew Buchmann)

What is the advisement process for new students? How can my student receive support throughout the academy year? What are Advisement guides?  What support will my student have when registering? When do they transition to a major advisor from the Advisement Center? 

July 7, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Tips for Parents: Getting Ready for College

Dean of Students Office

How can the Dean of Students support your student? What programs are offered from the Dean of Students office?

Tuesday, July 13 at 7 pm ET

Making the Most of the First Year

First Year Experience

How can students make the most of their first year on campus?

July 15 at 7 pm ET

Living & Dining on Campus

Residence Life & Housing, Dining Services

What is the on-campus living and dining experience like? 

July 19, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Experience & Your Career

EXCEL, Career Services (Mary Buske, Tina Cooper)

How can Career Services and EXCEL support students in their first year and beyond? How can they support Transfer students?

July 21, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Building an Inclusive Community

Anneke McEvoy

SUNY Oswego welcomes a diverse student body with a variety of backgrounds. This webinar will allow students and supporters to explore our inclusive campus.

July 25, 2021 at 6:30pm ET

Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community at Oswego

Shelly Sloan

Anneke McEvoy

Grace Merrill 

Toby Malone

We'll cover topics including preferred name, medical care, rights afforded under Title IX, all gender restrooms, SafeZone, student events and support, classroom practices, and all-gender restrooms.

July 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET

Enhancing your Oswego Connection through our Alumni Network

Oswego Alumni Association

What programs exist for students to connect with alum? How can they apply? What are the benefits?

July 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET

Academic Self-Efficacy & Success

Office of Learning Services

What resources exist for my student to succeed in their classes? How can they access those resources? Discuss both Tutoring & Writing Centers.

August 3, 2021 at 6 pm ET

Virtual Experiences for
New Students

Join your Laker Leader Group Chat

After you’ve completed Steps 1, 2 and 3 in the New Student Menu, you will be assigned a Laker Leader (one of our returning student mentors) who will invite you to join a group chat with other new, incoming students. You’ll receive the special link via your SUNY Oswego email, so please be sure to check it often!

Participate in our Virtual Social Calendar

The Laker Leaders have 15+ social programs planned for the duration of summer.

  • Jackbox Games? Check!
  • Cards Against Humanity? Mhmm!
  • Virtual Charades? Yes, friends!
  • Pop-Culture and Movie Trivia? You’ve got it!

Check your SUNY Oswego email and your group chat for the links, dates and times to join. We’ll post the whole social events calendar here soon. 

Register for Sail into Oswego

If you need a little help charting your New Student Steps in the New Student Menu, we can help! Register for Sail into Oswego, or call our office for guidance. 

Register for Sail into Oswego

Schedule a New Student Appointment

The Office of New Student Orientation has partnered with several key campus departments that play an integral role in the new student experience to provide newly deposited students with one-on-one appointments to review or submit paperwork or get more information on services. You can meet with any of the following offices:

  • Accessibility Resources 
  • Dining Services & Our Registered Dietitian
  • Financial Aid & Student Accounts
  • Veteran Services

Schedule your New Student Appointment today!

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Virtual Experiences for
Family Members & Supporters

Tune in to our Summer Webinar Series

We’ve identified key campus partners to bring you information about the student experience ranging from living on campus to academic self-efficacy and more. Tune in to any of our webinars (listed below) throughout the summer. Can’t make one? No worries! The recordings will be posted here within 2 business days. 

Webinar Topics, Dates, and Times:

  • Supporting Your Students Wellness During the Semester | Health Services, Counseling Services, Fitness Centers (June 28, 2021 at 6 pm ET)
  • The New Student Advisement Experience | Advisement Center (July 7, 2021 at 7 pm ET)
  • Tips for Parents: Getting Ready for College | Dean of Students Office (July 13, 2021 at 7 pm ET)
  • Making the Most of the First Year | First-Year Experience Office (July 15, 2021 at 7 pm ET)
  • Living & Dining On Campus | Residence Life & Housing and Dining Services (July 19, 2021 at 7 pm ET)
  • Experience & Your Career | Career Services & Experiential Courses & Engaged Learning (EXCEL) (July 21, 2021 at 7 pm ET)
  • Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community at Oswego | Dean of Students, Pride Alliance, Diversity & Inclusion, & Faculty (July 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET)
  • Enhancing Your Oswego Connection Through our Alumni Network | Oswego Alumni Association (July 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET)
  • Academic Self-Efficacy & Success | Office of Learning Services (August 3, 2021 at 6 pm ET)

Join us on Zoom!

Read our Weekly Newsletters

Our team has been hard at work developing a weekly newsletter about our most frequently used or noted student services. They kick off with a message from our campus community and provide a general overview of how that service supports your student. 

Newsletters begin deploying the first week of July. Check back each week for the newest edition. (We’ll also send family members and supporters an email, so make sure that the College has your email address on file!)

Participate in our Virtual Current Student Panel

Wondering what life as an Oswego Laker is really like? Our students aren’t afraid to tell all — and yes, that includes their honest reviews on the food. (Spoiler alert: it’s delicious!) 

Join three returning student mentors who have diverse lived and campus experiences at any one of the following dates from 6 -7 pm ET to have your questions answered by a Laker who has been around the block:

  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Join us on Zoom!

You can also check your email for a friendly reminder about joining us!

Join us in the Admitted Student Zone

Get in the Zone... the Admitted Student Zone! (And no, it's not just for students.) 

Our Laker Leaders (returning student mentors) are in the Admitted Student Zone waiting to connect with family members and supporters, just like you! 

Join us in the Parent and Supporter Group today.