Human knot orientation activity
Red the Dragon at Pass Through the Pillars
Orientation ice breaker in Golding Hall

About Orientation

Congratulations and welcome to SUNY Oneonta!

At orientation, new students learn about SUNY Oneonta’s academic and behavioral expectations, college values, traditions and social opportunities; as well as connecting with other new students, returning students, faculty and staff members. Our goal is to provide information that will help you find your path to success at SUNY Oneonta. Our program is designed to give you the information that you, and your family members, need at key points in your transition to our Red Dragon Community.

First Year Student Orientation

You are required to attend Day One, Day Two and Day Three of orientation. Registration to select one of the Day One sessions is now open.

If you’d like to spend the night on campus the night before your Day One session, you can reserve a room for an additional cost when you register. Buses will be available during specific sessions leaving from New York City (scroll to "Accommodations & Fees" below for more details).

Family members can also attend the family orientation during the July sessions for an additional cost. Questions about orientation can be directed to studentsuccess@oneonta.edu.

Day One Orientation Registrations

Click the button to register for one of the Day One orientation sessions.

Day One Accommodations

We're excited to show you our beautiful campus in July! Here are a few things you should know before you register for your orientation session:

Bus transportation: We're offering a bus trip from NYC on Sunday, July 10 and 17. Students can purchase a round trip ticket at an additional cost if they register to attend the July 11 or July 18 sessions. Select the bus option when you register for your July 11 or 18 orientation session.* Selecting the bus option also includes overnight accommodations in a residence hall and breakfast in the dining hall the next day. Please note, a maximum of one guest per student on the bus.

Overnight accommodations: All students and guests can choose to stay overnight in a residence hall the night before their orientation session for an additional fee. Breakfast the following morning will be included in your overnight fee.* Students and guests should bring bed and bath linens as well as toiletries. During the orientation session, your luggage will be kept in a safe and secure location.

Timing: Check in to orientation anytime between 8-8:40am at the Hunt College Union. The session will begin at 9am and will conclude at 4pm.

Dining on campus: Students and guests will dine in the recently renovated Wilsbach dining hall for lunch during your session. Starbucks will be open week days over the course of July.

Tour of a residence hall room: At the end of the session, you can see what a typical residence hall room looks like in a first year experience double style building.

*All payments are non-refundable

Day One Fees

Event Fee

New Student Orientation Fee (included on the bill) Includes Day One, Two, & Three

Included in Student Bill
Student Bus ticket for student (includes overnight accommodations, only for July 11 & 18 sessions) $74
Additional Fee
Parent & Family registration only (includes lunch) $54
Parent & Family registration and overnight accommodations (includes breakfast and lunch) $83
Parent & Family registration, overnight accommodations, and bus ticket (requires overnight stay on campus, only for July 11 & 18 sessions) $161

Parent and Family Orientation

Parents and families are invited to attend their own orientation session during the July sessions for an additional fee. During your session, you will learn more about:

  • Academic and career planning
  • FERPA explained
  • The Student Learning Center and Accessibility Resources
  • Residential Community Life
  • OAS & Sodexo
  • Financial Aid & Student Accounts
  • Community Standards
  • University Police
  • Counseling and Health Services
  • Coaching your college student
Your student can register you to attend this program when they register for orientation. Students may register a maximum of 2 family members. Please see the Accommodations for more details.

Day Two and Three Orientation

You will also attend Day Two and Day Three orientation sessions on Aug 26 and 27, 2022, the Friday and Saturday before classes begin. Watch your inbox for more details!

Transfer Student Orientation

Each new transfer student will join us for orientation on Saturday Aug. 27. You will receive more details about transfer orientation in your inbox throughout the summer. This one-day event will give you the opportunity to meet your classmates, understand your academic requirements, and become familiar with your new campus. Questions about orientation can be directed to studentsuccess@oneonta.edu.

Ongoing Programming and Support

The Office of Student Success will offer additional support and programming for new students throughout your first semester. We know that you will have questions during your transition to college life at SUNY Oneonta. We are here to help you find answers! All new students will be assigned a Dragon Guide peer mentor. Your mentor will reach out to you during orientation to set up a time to connect with you. You will meet the Dragon Guides during orientation and they will help you throughout the semester with tips, programs and much more.

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