Family & Guest Orientation Programs
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.
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.
Participation in Family & Guest Orientation Program is optional. The family and student programs are separate with no scheduled meetings between family members and students during Orientation. Some of these guidelines are in place to foster student development and independence. Others are due to space and time limitations, as well as confidentiality.
In addition, one of the main functions of the student program is to register for classes. Students will meet with professional academic advisors and register for classes. This is a time when students work with advisors to develop goals and plans. As such, family and guests cannot accompany students to advising and registration rooms.
Family Members play a vital role in student success! This is an opportunity to meet with the wonderful professionals who will be working with your student(s). The Family & Guest Orientation Program will help families understand the academic and social environment at SBU as well as cover a variety of topics that may be of interest to Families and Guests. We also hope to help you get acclimated to the SBU community- since it is now your new home as well!
As a result of attending the sessions, Families & Guests will:
- Be able to identify campus resources available to students and how to engage with these resources
- Apply knowledge of campus resources by referring their students when appropriate
- Understand how parents and families can partner with the University for student success
For more information and access to sample Family & Guest Orientation Program schedules , please visit the tab that is most relevant to your family:
Those driving to campus should park in the Student Activities Center parking lot on the day of the orientation program. You can get directions here. Parking elsewhere on campus cannot be validated (i.e. parking garage, meters, etc) and you will be responsible for the cost if you choose to park in those areas.
Those who are traveling by Long Island Rail Road should exit at the Stony Brook station (Port Jefferson line). A Stony Brook University bus will take you to the Student Activities Center loop.
You may also learn more about train schedules below:
If you will be traveling to campus and spending the night in the area, there are several options for overnight accommodations. Please visit the On-Campus and Local Accommodations page .
- Guests are welcome to assist residential students with move-in and attend the New Student & Family Welcome event. View the Family Events page for more information.
- Remind students of their responsibility of attending and engaging in Experience Stony Brook (Orientation Part II), which is mandatory for all students.
- Subscribe to the Family Connect newsletter. This provides important information!
Below are links to the presentations provided at Family & Guest Orientation. Please note that materials are updated on an ongoing basis, so the materials provided here may differ from your orientation sessions. For the most current information, please contact the relevant office directly.
- Supporting Your Student's Academic Success - Presented by Academic Transfer and Advising Services (ATAS)
- Seawolf Necessities - Presented by the Faculty Student Association (FSA)
- Safety & Security on Campus - Presented by the University Police Department
- Living at Stony Brook - Presented by Campus Housing
- Commuting to Stony Brook - Presented by Commuter Student Services
- Technology Essentials - Presented by the Division of Information & Technology (DoIT)
- U Matter at SBU - Presented by the Center for Prevention and Outreach