First Year Orientation is required of all new, incoming first year students. The program is two days and has a required overnight experience, even for commuter students. We provide all students with accommodations in Johnson Hall, one of our air-conditioned residence halls along the shores of Lake Ontario.

Family members and guests are encouraged to attend our Family and Guest Orientation, a separate - but concurrent - program that prepares family members to be a resource for their student.

At Orientation, you will:

  • Meet with academic advisor and Dean of your college
  • Review your fall class schedule
  • Connect with a Laker Leader
  • Find out about student services
  • Learn about financial aid and paying your bill
  • Take your ID photo and receive your student ID
  • Meet your new classmates! 

Orientation Dates

  • June 30 - July 1 (Tuesday - Wednesday)
  • July 9 - 10 (Thursday - Friday)
  • July 12 - 13 (Sunday - Monday)
  • July 16 - 17 (Thursday - Friday)
  • July 19 - 20 (Sunday - Monday)
  • July 22 - 23 (Wednesday - Thursday)
  • July 29 - 30 (Wednesday - Thursday)


Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes for students and guests 5 business days before the program start date or once the program is filled, whichever comes first.

Registration will begin in mid-March.

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What to Expect

What to Bring
  • Dress at Orientation is casual, bring comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and walking shoes (please remember to bring clothes for Day 2 of Orientation). You may wish to have a sweater or light jacket- some meeting areas are chilly.
  • Toiletries for your overnight stay (there are community bathrooms in Johnson Hall)
  • An umbrella and jacket or raincoat (check the weather forecast before you arrive)
  • Water bottle and bag to carry the materials you receive during the program
  • College transcripts or Advanced Placement verification, if applicable

What We Provide:

  • Overnight accommodations in Johnson Hall (fitted and flat sheet, blanket, pillow and pillowcase, bath towel, and wash cloth)
Accommodations and Roommates

All students (yes, even commuter students) are assigned overnight accommodations in Johnson Hall. This is a great opportunity to experience living on-campus and gives you the chance to have more social connections with your peers.

Roommates are assigned at random, and based on the gender submitted by the student during the application process. This is the typical process for the academic year. If you have an extenuating circumstance or concerns about roommate pairing, please call our office at (315) 312-5522 or email us at


During your Orientation session, we'll provide an all-you-care-to-eat dinner (Day 1), breakfast and lunch (Day 2), as well as late night snacks.

Lunch is not provided on Day 1 of Orientation, but you can pay cash or check for an all-you-care-to-eat buffet in Lakeside Dining Hall, just steps away from our check-in location.


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
  • "Life on Campus" through a peer-theatre performance

Day 2

  • Attend speciality-group meetings (Honors students, NCAA athletes, and pre-health students), as applicable
  • Learn about academic resources such as Degree Works, myOswego, and Starfish
  • Meet with the Dean from your college
  • Review and confirm your course schedule with an advisor in your major area
  • Interface with 30+ campus offices at our Orientation end-cap, "Cruisin' the Campus"

Orientation programs ends at 4:30 pm

Check-in Information



A one-time $225 fee per student is assessed the student account (bill) of all new students who matriculate in the fall/spring semester. Learn more about Orientation costs

Thank you so much for making SUNY Oswego feel like home and for helping every student feel connected to the campus and every person on it.

This was excellent, very imformative! I like that everyone was available for any questions. All office staff, cafeteria staff were very friendly.