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 need at key points in your transition to our Red Dragon Community.

Residential Student Move-in

Students living on campus will move into their assigned residence hall on this day. Additional details will be shared with you in December. Residential new students should plan to attend the following events:

Sunday, January 22, 2023
Time Event
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Welcome tables in Hunt Union

Swing by to let us know you're here!

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ID card pick up in the Red Dragon Outfitters (next to Hunt Union)
Various Dinner with your RA*
7 p.m. New student all hall meeting*
8 p.m. Annual Red Dragon Activity Night in the Alumni Field House

*Residential students only

New Student Orientation

Each new Spring 2023 student will join us for orientation on Monday, January 23. You will receive more details about transfer orientation in your inbox in December. 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.

January Orientation Schedule*
Time Event
8:45 a.m. Check in
9 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Students will attend these sessions:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Finding Your Fit

Health Education

The Red Dragon Community

12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch and Resource Fair
1:15 p.m. Pass Through the Pillars
1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Students will attend these sessions:

Knowing Your Academic Resources

Knowing Your Academic Network

Knowing Your Academic Plan

4 p.m. Major meetings with faculty
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Final questions and answers
9 p.m. Evening Entertainment (TBD)

*Required for all new students to attend

Taking Care of Business

New students are encouraged to use this day to take care of any business before the first day of classes. In the case of a significant weather event, we will use this day to provide orientation programming.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. New Student Schedule Adjustment

Students can use this time to meet with an academic advisor to make changes to their schedule. More details will be shared during orientation on Monday.

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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