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Orientation FAQs

Q: How will I know I am registered for Orientation?
When you register for Orientation, you will receive an immediate electronic response reflecting the information you entered on the Orientation Registration and Freshman Course Preference Survey.  Shortly after that, we will send you an email confirming your orientation session and a parking pass. Be sure to bring the registration confirmation with you to check-in.

Q: Is there a fee for Orientation?
There is no Orientation fee.

Q: Where do I check in for Orientation?
Check-in will be in the Alumnae Pavilion Student Center.

Q: When should students and parents/guardians plan to arrive and depart?
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. on Day One. The parent/guardian program ends around 6:00 p.m. on Day One. The student program ends around 1:00 p.m. on Day Two. 

Q: Are meals served during Orientation?
Yes, at no cost. A continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on Day One. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Day Two for students only. Parents can purchase breakfast on campus. 

Q: Where do students stay while at Orientation?
Students stay on campus overnight in the College's residence halls, whether they plan to be a resident or commuter in the fall. Students will be assigned roommates for the Orientation program. There is no fee for students to reside on campus during their Orientation session. 

Q: What should students bring with them to orientation?
There are several items you should bring to orientation:

  • Your parking pass if driving - placed on your dashboard;
  • A pillow, bed linens (for a twin size bed), blanket (or a sleeping bag), toiletries, shower shoes, and towels.
  • Non-perishable food item or school supply to donate to the local food pantries, soup kitchens and after school program where we serve.

Q: How should we dress?
Dress is casual, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a sweatshirt or light jacket.

Q: Can parents stay on campus during Orientation?
Yes. Even though the parent/guardian Orientation program ends on Day One, we recognize that parents may want to stay overnight. There is a $35 per person, per night fee to stay in the residence halls. You will need to provide a pillow, bed linens (twin bed), a blanket, towels, shower shoes, and toiletries. This fee is payable at check-in.

Q: When do first-year students arrive to begin fall semester?
New resident students arrive on campus on Thursday, August 21. New commuter students will arrive on campus on Friday, August 22. More detailed information regarding the move-in process and Welcome Week activities will be given during your Orientation session. Classes begin Monday, August 25 at 8:30 a.m.

Q: How do I change my Orientation session if I accidentally registered for the wrong one?
To change the session you registered for, contact the Office of Student Affairs by emailing or calling (718) 405-3253.

Q: Can I register a parent(s) after I already completed my registration?
Definitely, just contact the Office of Student Affairs by emailing or calling (718) 405-3253. Include the name of the student and parent/guardian(s) attending Orientation in the email or message.

Q: What if I need to arrive prior to or depart after my scheduled Orientation session?
Students and/or parents can arrive early or depart after their scheduled orientation session.  Residence hall rooms are available for this purpose at a $35 per night, per person fee. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs by emailing or calling (718) 405-3253 to make the necessary arrangements.    

Q: Is parking available on campus during Orientation?
Yes. Upon our receipt of your registration form you will receive a parking pass valid for your scheduled Orientation session. Please place the parking pass on your dashboard in clear view for our campus security staff.

Tracy Harris
Executive Assistant for the VP for Students Affairs/Dean of Students
Office of Student Affairs
Phone: (718) 405-3253 or (718) 405-3226