In-Person Summer Orientation Programs

We are offering new first-year and transfer students and their family members the opportunity to participate in an optional, in-person summer Orientation Program. While the in-person Orientation Program is not required of new students, it is strongly encouraged. The program is a one-day experience committed to introducing new students to the physical layout of campus, returning student mentors, their peers, and College leadership. Through a variety of small groups, informational sessions, and individual meetings with academic advisors, students who attend an in-person Orientation Program will be equipped with the knowledge and resources to spearhead their successful transition to life as a Laker. 

Family members and supporters are encouraged to attend an in-person Orientation Program with their student. Our Orientation Program also prepares family members to be a resource for their student throughout the summer and beyond. There are several specialized programs for family members and supporters during the in-person Orientation experience. 

Due to space limitations presented by current statewide Covid restrictions, only one (1) family member or supporter may attend an In-Person Orientation program with the student; this guest must be age 18 or older. We offer a series of virtual resources and experiences for family members and supporters who are unable to join us in person. You can learn about the resources here.

At Orientation, you will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor (students only) and Dean of your college
  • Review your fall class schedule
  • Connect with a Laker Leader and returning student mentor
  • Find out about student services
  • Receive your student ID
  • Meet your new classmates (and new Laker families)

Summer In-Person Orientation Programs hosted by the Office of New Student Orientation are designed for new, incoming domestic first-year and transfer students enrolled in degree programs at the Main Campus (Oswego, NY). Students enrolled in completion degree programs through Extended Learning or in SUNY Oswego at Syracuse may contact the Division of Extended Learning for more information. 

Orientation Dates for
First Year Students

First Year students and one family member or supporter are invited to attend any of the following in-person Orientation Programs:

  • Thursday, July 1
  • Tuesday, July 6 
  • Thursday, July 8*
  • Monday, July 12
  • Sunday, July 18*
  • Thursday, July 22*
  • Saturday, July 24

Orientation Dates for
Transfer Students

Transfer students and one family member or supporter are invited to attend any of the following in-person Orientation Programs:

  • Tuesday, June 29 
  • Friday, July 16*
  • Monday, August 2

*The programs marked with an asterisk (*) offer an Express Bus service from New York City to SUNY Oswego. You can learn more information about our Orientation Express Bus here.

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The In-Person Orientation Experience for
Family Members & Supporters

We are thrilled to invite family members and supporters to accompany their student to an in-person Orientation Program. Due to space limitations resulting from statewide Covid restrictions, students may only bring one (1) family member or supporter with them. This person must be age 18 or older.

Please note: No guests under the age of 18 are allowed to accompany a student to an in-person Orientation program. No exceptions can be made to this rule. 

At the Orientation Program, family members and supporters can expect to 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 rigor and expectations with the Dean from your student's college
  • 20+ campus offices at our Orientation end-cap, "Cruisin' the Campus"

Orientation programs end at 5 pm; please plan to stay for the duration of the program.

There is a fee associated with the cost of attendance ($35 per person). This is in addition to your student's Orientation Fee and can be paid at the time of registration or check-in. 

In addition to the in-person Orientation Program, family members and supporters are invited to take advantage of our virtual resources and offerings!

What to Expect

What to Bring
  • Dress at Orientation is casual, bring comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and walking shoes. You may wish to have a sweater or light jacket — some meeting areas are chilly.
  • 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
Pre-Program Lodging

We offer Pre-Program Lodging for students and guests traveling from a distance who wish to spend the evening on campus the evening prior to their In-Person Orientation Program. 

Pre-Program Lodging guests are housed in Riggs Hall, one of our air-conditioned Lakeside buildings. This is a traditional dormitory experience with a twin extra-long bed and shared community restroom. We can offer wheelchair-accessible rooms for guests who need them. Unless otherwise noted, all students and guests will be assigned a single room. If a student and their guest elect to stay with us, they have the option to request a room together. 

Included in the cost of your Pre-Program Lodging are linens (flat sheet, fitted sheet, blanket and pillow) in addition to a bath towel and washcloth. Please provide your own toiletries. 

The cost of Pre-Program Lodging, per person, is $50 per person. This is in addition to the Orientation Fee.* 

*Because of the limited amount of Pre-Program Lodging accommodations we can provide, the Pre-Program Lodging Fee must be paid within 48 hours of registration to hold your pre-program lodging reservation. Requested pre-program lodging accommodations not paid within the 48-hour window will be canceled and offered to the next interested party. 

Meals

During your Orientation session, we’ll provide an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and lunch in Lakeside Dining Center. We also offer several coffee breaks during the program. 

For those using our Pre-Program Lodging accommodations, you may elect to purchase a dinner ticket for an all-you-care-to-eat buffet in Lakeside Dining Hall, just steps away from our check-in location. Dinner is available from 5 - 6 pm ET the evening before each Orientation Program. The cost of dinner is $12.25, in addition to the Orientation Fee. 

Schedule

Check-in: 7:30 - 9 am | Program begins at 9 am, sharp
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
  • Meet with the Dean from your college
  • Review and confirm your course schedule with an advisor in your major area
  • Interface with 20+ campus offices at our Orientation end-cap, “Cruisin’ the Campus”

Orientation programs end at 5 pm; please plan to stay for the duration of the program.

Check-in Information

Check-In Information is sent to all students and guests who reserved their space to attend the Orientation Program at least two weeks prior to their selected event. This email is sent to the student’s SUNY Oswego email address and the email address on file for the registered guest. 

Cost and Fees

Student Orientation Fee

A one-time Orientation fee is assigned to the student account of each new student in the form of the costs outlined below. This fee cannot be reduced or waived. The fee is assigned to all students, regardless of attendance at an in-person Orientation Program or not. In addition to summer orientation in-person and virtual programs, this fee supports the August orientation experience and Opening Week social programs.

  • First Year Students: $225
  • Transfer Students: $115

Family Member and Supporter Orientation Fee 

Family members or supporters who elect to attend an in-person Orientation Program with their student are charged an Orientation Fee. This fee covers the cost of attendance at an in-person program including meals, coffee breaks, giveaways, and staffing. This fee is due prior to attendance at the program and can be paid at the time of registration or check-in. 

  • Family Members & Supporters: $35 per person (over the age of 18)

Additional Costs 

There are several ancillary services that students or guests may elect to take advantage of while attending their in-person Orientation Program. These fees are in addition to the Orientation Fees outlined above. Those costs are outlined below:

  • Pre-Program Lodging: $50 per person 
  • Pre-Program Dinner in Lakeside Dining Center: $12.25 per person 
  • Express Bus Rider Fee: $90

Orientation Fee Information

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can view our most frequently asked questions regarding our in-person Orientation programs here:
Frequently Asked Questions

I am so glad that I attended Orientation! The staff answered a lot of my questions and they made me feel more comfortable and less stressed.