We understand the important role that family and other champions of a student's education play in the transition of that student to college. As such, we offer parents, family members, and guests the chance to attend an Orientation program (concurrent to the student's Orientation program), as well.

During your orientation program you will attend a mix of sessions with your student and on your own during the Orientation program.

At Orientation you will:

  • Meet with members of the faculty, staff, and administration
  • Learn about the College's academic expectations
  • Gain an understanding of campus policies and processes
  • Find out about services on campus that can support your student's transition
  • Get your questions answered and take care of important business
  • Connect with other parents, family members, and support members
  • Join returning student mentors as you build connections to our campus

Things to Know

First Year Program

Cost

All fees include meals, refreshments, and program materials.

  • $99 per person: includes overnight lodging during the program in a single occupancy residence hall room
  • $89 per person: includes overnight lodging during the program in a double occupancy residence hall room when sharing with another family member
  • $69 per person: for guest attending the program with no overnight lodging
  • $20 per person: fee for siblings (age 17 and under) attending the program: includes overnight lodging during the program. Siblings will be assigned to the same room as adult guest(s). Extra mattresses are not provided, we encourage you to bring a sleeping bag or floor mat.

All siblings 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult (other than the incoming student) at all times during programs other than the student.

What to bring
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear, dress is casual at Orientation. Be prepared for the weather! 
  • A tote bag to carry your program materials and important paperwork
  • If staying overnight, toiletries and clothes

What we provide:

  • If staying overnight on campus: fitted and flat sheet, blanket, pillow and pillowcase, bath towel, and wash cloth
Accommodations and Meals

We offer on-campus accommodations the evening before each program and during the orientation program.

If you prefer to stay off-campus, Oswego has many local accommodations.

Schedule

Day 1
Check-in: 10:30 am - Noon | Program begins at 12:30pm

You'll learn about...

  • Campus life and getting involved
  • Financial Aid and Student Accounts (paying your bill)
  • Living on campus or commuting to campus
  • Dining halls, meal plans, textbooks rentals, and campus employment
  • Parent and Guest Mixer to meet other parents and guests

Day 2

  • Attend specialty-group meetings (Honors students, NCAA athletes, and pre-health students), as applicable
  • Learn about academic resources such as Degree Works, myOswego, and Starfish
  • Interface with 30+ campus offices at our Orientation end-cap, "Cruisin' the Campus"

Orientation programs ends at 4:30 pm

Transfer Program

Cost

All fees include meals, refreshments, and program materials

  • $35 per person: for guests 18 and older
  • $20 per person: for siblings (ages 17 and under) attending program

All siblings 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times during programs other than the student.

What to bring
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear, dress is casual at Orientation. Be prepared for the weather! 
  • A tote bag to carry your program materials and important paperwork
Meals

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Schedule

Day 1
Check-in: 8:15 - 9 am, program begins at 9:15 am
You'll learn about...

  • Campus life and getting involved
  • Financial Aid and Student Accounts (paying your bill)
  • Living on campus or commuting to campus
  • Dining halls, meal plans, textbooks rentals, and campus employment
  • Academic resources such as Degree Works, myOswego, and Starfish
  • Academic rigor and expectations from the Dean of your student's school or college

Orientation ends at 4:30 pm

Registration and Payment

Guests may register for a program when their student registers for their own Orientation program through myOswego. Please be aware that space in all programs is limited and assigned on a "first-come, first-served basis". You will receive a confirmation through your Oswego email account.

Program registration closes for students and guests 5 business days before the program start date or once the program is filled, whichever comes first.

Payment

Parent and Guest Orientation fees can be paid online with a Mastercard or Visa or in cash, check, or credit when you arrive for the Orientation program.

Guests Under 17

We understand that all family members, younger siblings included, play a vital role in the transition of a college student. That said, our programs and their content are geared toward adult guests and transitioning college students. While younger siblings are welcome, we encourage you to consider alternate arrangements for young children before deciding to bring them to an Orientation program.

Also note that any child 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times during programs. Given the separation of the student and guest programs, the adult responsible for a younger sibling must be someone other than your SUNY Oswego student.

I had a very positive experience learning about what SUNY Oswego has to offer its students.  I did not expect an orientation program for transfer students would be comprehensive.  Everyone who lead and participated in the discussion groups were well informed and thoughtful.

All OPA and Laker Leaders were exceptional. Presenters were prepared, knowledgeable and good presenters. I feel my son made a great decision and the staff and faculty seem caring and supportive. Thank you!

Well done. It was clear to me that a lot of time and effort went into making your orientation effective.