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Winter Orientation (Students admitted for the spring semester)

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Orientation Part I is a full-day program that will take place in January. You will receive a postcard to your home address with your assigned orientation date. Students who are unable to attend the orientation date that they are assigned are encouraged to contact the Orientation Office at (631) 632-6710 as soon as possible.

Students must attend orientation to register for spring classes. You may notice an Orientation Hold on your account. All new students will have this hold prior to attending Orientation Part I. The hold will be removed at orientation for you to register for your classes.

Orientation Part I begins at 8:30am and will end at approximately 6:00pm. Please arrive at the SAC Lobby no later than 8:30am and plan to stay for the entire day. 

Preparing for Orientation
Orientation occurs in the Student Activities Center (SAC). Students will spend most of their day in the SAC. Students driving to winter orientation should be sure to park in the H Lot, also known as the Student Activities Center lot. Parking cannot be validated for the parking garage or other areas of campus. Click here for additional information on  traveling to campus

The  Orientation Checklist contains critical information on what many students must complete prior to their orientation date. Students who do not complete these items prior to orientation may be unable to register for necessary classes due to missing information. 

For a smooth orientation day, please remember the bring:

  • Government issued photo identification
  • Copies of immunization and meningitis forms. To ensure a smooth orientation day, these forms should be uploaded directly to Student Health Services at least 3 weeks before your orientation date. Please bring additional copies of these forms to orientation just in case.
  • Copies of AP exams and previous college coursework (if applicable)

What happens at orientation?
During your orientation, you will

  • meet other new students
  • meet university faculty and staff, including your academic advisor, your Faculty Director and Orientation Leaders
  • learn about life as a Stony Brook student and resources available to you
  • take your picture taken for your student ID card
  • learn more about the Undergraduate Colleges
  • have lunch
  • learn more about "Commuting to Stony Brook" or "Living On Campus"
  • learn about technology at Stony Brook, how to access your Stony Brook email account, and how to navigate the SOLAR system
  • work with academic advisors, faculty members, and orientation leaders to develop your spring class schedule

Please note that orientation is only for new students. Family members or other guests will not be allowed to participate in the orientation program with the student. Family members and guests are welcome to attend a separate Family & Guest Orientation, which takes place in January. More information on Family & Guest Orientation dates and details are available on the  Family & Guest page.

In addition to Orientation Part I, where you select your classes and learn about the Undergraduate Colleges, you are also required to  attend  Experience Stony Brook  (part II). You will attend a series of programs and activities designed to acclimate you to Stony Brook and introduce you to faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Inclement Weather

Winter weather sometimes interferes with our planned orientation sessions. Information about University weather-related closings can be found on the  Stony Brook SB Alert page or by calling (631) 632-SNOW. If classes are in session, orientation will proceed as scheduled. If orientation is proceeding as scheduled, but weather prevents you from attending, please contact us at (631) 632-6710 to reschedule for a later orientation date.


Students who have questions about orientation or require an accommodation should contact the office of Student Orientation and Family Programs at (631) 632-6710.