First Year Orientation FAQs

Do I have to attend the Orientation program?
In a word . . . Yes! All new students are required to attend an Orientation program.  Attending an Orientation program is the best way to begin your college career.  If you have special circumstances that prevent you from attending Orientation, please contact the office at 315.312.5522 or by email at orient@oswego.edu.  Students who do not attend an Orientation program, but enroll as a student and begin classes in the spring, will be assessed the appropriate Orientation fee.

Is there a fee to Orientation?
Your $196 new student fee is included on your tuition bill.  If you would like to bring family and/or  guests with you there is an additional charge.

What time does the program begin and end?
You will be sent a confirmation with all the details to your SUNY Oswego email account.   Attending the entire program is necessary and required.

How do I find my Student ID number?
Your Student ID number is on your acceptance letter and your bill. 

What happens at Orientation?  Is it different from the Open House I attended?
At Orientation you will participate in activities and workshops specifically designed to help you prepare for your arrival in the spring.  You will attend a variety of workshops aimed at facilitating your adjustment to college life.  Orientation is also your opportunity to meet with an academic advisor and confirm your course selection and schedule for the spring semester.  In addition, you will gather detailed information on campus life, technology, food service, parking and so much more!  You will also have the opportunity to make new friends as well as form a connection to our special community.

What should I bring to Orientation?

  • Advanced Placement verification (if you have earned AP credit)
  • Transcript of college coursework, if applicable
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Weather appropriate clothing, such as a jacket or rain coat (check the weather forecast before you arrive)
  • Paper and pen for notes you will want to remember 

 How will I know whether or not I got my choice of orientation session? You will receive a confirmation through your Oswego email account.  Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation of your program dates.

 Why haven't I received information about orientation yet?
The new student welcome letters will be mailed out starting in November to all new students who have paid their $100 tuition or $200 tuition/room deposit.  Subsequent mailings will be sent out on a weekly basis.

Can I bring guests with me to Orientation?
Yes, we offer a family and guest Orientation program for your guests to attend.  Some sessions are with students, and others are guest-only.

Can my guests and I get on-campus overnight accommodations?
No, we do not offer on-campus accommodations for our spring Orientation programs.  You may find off-campus accommodations here.

Will I have a roommate during my stay on campus at Orientation?

Yes.  Every student will be paired with another student of same gender, which is a typical housing arrangement throughout the academic year.

Can I arrive the night before my Orientation program begins if I live far away?

Students and guests are welcome to arrive in Oswego the evening before the Orientation and can find accommodations here.  Orientation staff will welcome students and families to campus at the Orientation check-in the following morning.

What about my tuition bill and other charges?

  • Bills for the upcoming semester and fees will be available through your myOswego account. Payment is due prior to the beginning of classes. Students may view the charges and payments posted to their account online through myOswego.
  • Automobile registration and parking fees are payable upon arrival on campus for the semester or the online parking department site.
  • Textbook pre-ordering and payment is available online on the College Store prepack site.

When can I move into my residence hall?
Students can move into their residence halls on January 18th.

Will I be able to tour my assigned residence hall that I will live in this fall? Unfortunately, no.  Most residence halls are occupied by current students as well as by conference attendees.  The remaining residence halls are being prepared for  occupancy.  However, information regarding the room dimensions and layout can be found online on the Residence Life and Housing webpage.

When do spring classes begin?
Check the academic calendar for important dates, including when classes begin, end, and are canceled.

How can I find out available majors and requirements for majors at Oswego? 
Check out our Oswego majors page.

Where can I read about the courses available at Oswego?
See our course search tool.

Where can I find out important dates and deadlines?
You can find them on the College Calendar page.

Is public transportation available at Oswego?
Auxiliary Services provides students with free transportation around campus via regularly scheduled shuttle buses. Centro, the regional bus system, provides regular service within the City of Oswego and to surrounding towns including Syracuse. Trailways offers weekend transportation to the Rochester/Buffalo area. Charter service to the New York metro area is also available through the easily accessed Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse, New York. Also see our transportation over breaks brochure (PDF).