Your Next Steps

All new, incoming first-year and transfer students are required to complete a series of “next steps” in order to successfully enroll at SUNY Oswego. The New Student Menu is the command center for next steps. We’ve outlined what new students will find there in the overview below.


Overview of Next Steps for New Student

Complete these steps by logging in to the New Student Menu and navigating to the Orientation tab. A 24 to 48-hour processing period between steps is typical, so expect to return as new steps to become available.

Step 1 - Activate your LakerNet ID

Your LakerNet ID and password will get you into your email, MyOswego, and many other applications you will need to access during your time as an Oswego Student.

Oswego email is the College’s official form of communication, so please be sure to check your email often. 

Step 2 - Complete Your Academic and Health Requirements

Complete your Health & Academic Requirements 

  • Visit your Patient Portal to complete your health requirements.

  • Fill out your Academic Information Sheet. You can find this form in your New Student Menu. Your Academic Information sheet gives your advisor vital information on what should be included in your first-semester schedule.

  • Take your Math Placement assessment. Find more information on the Math Placement webpage. (The Math Placement exam is not required for all majors; you can see if it’s required for your major on the Math Placement webpage.)

Step 3 - Complete In-Person Orientation

Register for your In-Person Orientation Program

  • All students must attend an In-Person Orientation Program. Registration for the in-person programs is available to students who have completed Steps 1 through 2 in the New Student Menu. Parents and family supporters are highly encouraged to join their Lakers for this experience.
Step 4 - Complete Online Orientation

Complete Online Orientation

  • Online Orientation is a mandatory program housed in Brightspace, our new Learning Management Platform launching in Fall 2022. The program covers several mandatory compliance topics as well as content that will help you be successful as a SUNY Oswego Laker!


Orientation Program Dates

You will be asked to register for one of the following Orientation Dates upon completing Steps 1 through 3 above.

Fall 2022 First-Year Orientation Program Dates
Program 1: Thursday 7/7
Program 2: Monday 7/11
Program 3: Friday 7/15
Program 4: Monday 7/18
Program 5: Wednesday 7/20
Program 6: Friday 7/22
Program 7: Monday 7/25

Fall 2022 Transfer Orientation Program Dates
Program 1: Thursday 6/30
Program 2: Wednesday 7/13
Program 3: Thursday 7/28


Apply for Housing

Complete your New Student Housing Application.

New Student Housing

Please contact the Residence Life and Housing Office if you need help with housing matters at 315.312.2246 or


Have Questions?

The Office of New Student Orientation is here to help you navigate these steps and to help connect students and their families with offices across campus.

Please contact us at 315.312.5522 or if you have questions or need assistance.