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Welcome Freshmen Students!

Check in at orientation

Welcome to Stony Brook University! All new freshmen students at Stony Brook University will participate in a two-part orientation experience. Both Orientation and Opening of School are   required for all  new freshmen students.

  • Orientation Part I is a full-day session that focuses on getting to know Stony Brook and your  Undergraduate College.  Orientation takes place in  July and August (fall admitted students) and in  January (spring admitted students)
  • Orientation Part II, also known as  Experience Stony Brook, focuses on getting acclimated to the University climate, culture, and community. Experience Stony Brook takes place during the weekend before the beginning of the semester. Students who do not attend Experience Stony Brook will automatically be enrolled in the  ROME (Required Orientation Makeup Experience) course.


To Receive an Orientation Date: In order to receive an orientation date, you should log on to the  SOLAR system. Here you can accept your admission by:

  • Paying your tuition deposit online
  • Paying your housing deposit (if applicable) 
  • Paying your  orientation fee
  • Completing the New Student Preferences form

After you have completed these steps, you will be assigned an Undergraduate College and an orientation date based on the order in which your tuition deposit was received.  Orientation dates will be assigned on a rolling basis after the University Deposit Deadline . You will receive an email and postcard with your orientation date once you have been assigned an orientation. 

Things to Do Before Orientation

Set up your NetID.
Complete Required Health Forms.
Complete Advising Planning Form.
Take Required Placement Exams.
Submit all of your AP and Transfer College credit.
Submit an official copy of your final high school transcript with proof of graduation to Stony Brook.
Resolve new student holds on SOLAR.
Consider your course registration options.
Final arrival information for orientation including what to bring and where to park.
Encourage your family members to register for our Family & Guest program.
Register for the optional Overnight Experience