Student Experience Information for First-Year Students

New Students


First-Year Student orientation is the first step in making a smooth transition to life at SUNY Oneonta. During our in-person orientation sessions, you will be introduced to SUNY Oneonta’s academic and behavioral expectations; exposed to college values, traditions, and social opportunities; as well as connecting with other new students, returning students, faculty and staff members. View orientation dates and programs

Your First Year Experience in the Residence Halls

Our residential First Year Experience (FYE) gives first-year students the opportunity to meet other new students, gain leadership skills, and participate in programs and activities designed especially for them. View FYE program details

Dragon Guides

The Office of Student Experience Team oversees student peer educators, who we call Dragon Guides. These peer mentors serve first-year and transfer students. New students will meet some of the Dragon Guides during the Summer Virtual Sessions. During the academic year, you will find the Dragon Guides in "The Lounge", a hang out spot for new students in the Hunt Union. They also host programs and socials to help you get a jump start on your leadership skills. 

Student Success Series

The Student Success Series (S3) is available for all new and returning students who are looking to expand their knowledge of campus resources. The programs are held throughout each semester so students get the information they need to stay successful all year long.

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