Travel and Early Arrival

Questions on how to get to campus and other information? We have answers! We try to make Orientation as easy as possible and offer multiple convenient options while traveling to campus.

On-Campus Pre-Program Accommodations

Optional, In-Person Summer Orientation

Cost: $50 per person
Includes: 1 night of lodging in an air-conditioned, on-campus residence hall room
Students and guests in need of lodging the evening before their Orientation program may request a night of accommodation when registering for an Orientation program.

Please note: meals are not provided, but a list of on-campus dining hours and locations will be made available to you in your check-in email and when you arrive. You may elect to purchase a dinner ticket for our all-you-care-to-eat buffet in Lakerside Dining Center, available from 5 - 6 pm the evening before your in-person Orientation Program. 

Orientation Express Bus

If you are a new first year or transfer and live downstate or in the New York metro area, you can catch a ride to campus with our Orientation Express Bus! We invite you to use this convenient and cost-effective service!

Dates available

First Year Orientation

  • Thursday, July 8 (Depart on Wednesday, July 7)
  • Sunday, July 18 (Depart on Saturday, July 17)
  • Thursday, July 22 (Depart on Wednesday, July 21)

Transfer Orientation

  • Friday, July 16 (Depart on Thursday, July 15)


In addition to your Orientation fee
Your ticket includes:

  • Direct transportation to/from SUNY Oswego
  • Overnight accommodations in Riggs Hall
  • Dinner on your arrival day
  • Bagged meal on your departure day

More Information

Departure and Arrival Information


  • Depart at 11:30 AM, sharp from SUNY College of Optometry (33 West 42nd Street, New York, NY).
  • Arrive at SUNY Oswego on Day 1 at 5:30. Dinner is provided to Express Bus riders. 
  • Check-in to your overnight accommodations in Riggs Hall.
  • Depart following the conclusion of the Orientation program at 5 PM. 
  • Arrive at SUNY College of Optometry on Day 2 at approximately 11 PM. 
Reservation and Payment
If you would like to reserve your space on the Orientation Express Bus, please login to the New Student Menu and select on the "Express Bus" option for any of the appropriate dates above. Please note: Steps 1, 2, and 3 in the New Student Menu must be complete in order to register.  Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.  
The cost of a seat on the Express Bus is $90 per person. This fee is in addition to the Orientation fee. Students' Express Bus fee will be charged to their tuition. Guests must pay for their ticket at the time they pay for their Orientation fee.
Is there a limit to the number of guests per student that can ride the Orientation Express Bus?

Due to limited seating on the Orientation Express Busand space limitations at our in-person Orientation Programs, each student may reserve a space for themselves and one guest. 

Shuttle Service for Summer Orientation Programs

Our office provides a free, limited shuttle service for students and guests traveling to SUNY Oswego the evening before their scheduled Orientation program and/or departure from their completed Orientation experience.

Students and guests traveling the evening before their program must register for Pre-Program Lodging accommodations ($50 per person). We do not provide shuttle service to local hotels, and do not provide a shuttle service on the morning of your scheduled in-person Orientation Program. 

Arrival Schedule

Shuttle One Pick-Up
3:30 pm: Syracuse International Airport
4 pm: Walsh Regional Transportation Center

*This shuttle service guarantees you will be back on campus to access our all-you-care-to-eat Lakeside Dining Center for a pre-program meal. 

Shuttle Two Pick-Up
5:30 pm: Syracuse International Airport
6 pm: Walsh Regional Transportation Center

*This shuttle service will arrive on-campus following the time that our all-you-care-to-eat Dining Center is closed.

Departure Schedule

Departure Shuttle
5 pm: leaves SUNY Oswego
6 pm: arrives at Syracuse International Airport
6:15pm: arrives at Walsh Regional Transportation Center


Please call our office at 315-312-5522 or email us at Please be prepared with the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Number of guests traveling (including the student)
  • Email Address of the student and guest
  • Pick-up location (for Arrival Shuttle)
  • Airline/train/bus line and scheduled arrival time
  • Drop-off location (for Departure Shuttle)
  • Airline/train/bus line and scheduled departure time

Please note:

  • We do not transport students and guests to/from local accommodations or anywhere in the local community. 
  • The shuttles do not leave until the scheduled time; no earlier or later shuttles are available.
  • We do not provide shuttles the morning of the scheduled in-person Orientation Program.

Covid-19 Practices while Riding a Campus Shuttle

  • Space is limited; only one person or family per row in the shuttle is permitted. 
  • Prior to boarding the shuttle, you must show the driver your Shuttle Confirmation email. 
  • Masks or cloth face coverings must be worn at all times while in the campus shuttle, regardless of vaccination status.