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Family & Guest Orientation Programs

Parents and family members play a significant role in their students' college development and education.  Family & Guest Orientation Programs offer information to assist families and students as they transition to the Stony Brook University community.
 

Partner With Us

The Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs understands the key role that family members play in their students' lives and educational success by providing continued communication and support. Family members are not with their student during advising sessions, workshop sessions, or while registering for classes. Our Orientation is intentionally modeled this way to help students take ownership of their education early on, as well as develop the skills they'll need to be successful at SBU. By attending our Family and Guest Program, families can build a partnership with our Office, focusing on ways in which everyone can support students in reaching their educational and career goals.   Please note that separate activities for siblings or young children are not provided.  

Program Logistics

Families will learn about the transition to SBU and the potential change in family dynamics, academic and social aspects of campus, as well as campus resources available to families and students. Families will have the opportunity to engage with current students and hear stories about their experience as well as gain an administrative perspective on the university from faculty and staff. This will also be a prime opportunity to meet with other family members and network! 

The program will be hosted by the Coordinator of Family Programs and Services, the Family Program Graduate Intern, and current undergraduate Orientation Leaders and International Student Ambassadors. Our hosts are highly trained individuals who are excited to welcome family members to the community,  highlight the many resources available at SBU, and answer any questions participants might have.    Be sure to look to the Family Hosts for anything needed during the program! 

To prepare for orientation, students should pay their orientation fee, complete necessary placement exams, and ensure that their Health Forms are complete and submitted.  For a full list of items for students to complete before orientation, and access to register please refer to the relevant link below.

Families of

First-Year

Students

Read More & Register

 

Families of

Transfer

Students

Read More & Register

 

Families of

International

Students

Read More & Register

 

Families of

EOP

Students

Read More & Register

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 
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