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New Seawolf Orientation (Spring Admitted Students)

Transfer student registering for classes

What's included in your New Seawolf Orientation?

During your orientation, you will:

  • meet other new students
  • meet university faculty and staff, including your academic advisor, Peer Assistant Leaders and Orientation Leaders
  • learn about life as a Stony Brook student and resources available to you
  • learn more about your designated advising office
  • 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
  • enrollment in your first semester at Stony Brook University

Preparing for your New Seawolf Orientation

To get you prepared for your New Seawolf Orientation, we've created the New Seawolf Orientation Checklist . This list contains critical information and deadlines to ensure a smooth new student experience. Students who do not complete these items by the listed deadline may have a delay in the enrollment process. This checklist is available as a Google Sheet, which you can copy and customize.

Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation

Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation (Part 1) focuses on getting to know Stony Brook, including modules on academic readiness, financial responsibility, campus life, and introducing new students to the Undergraduate Colleges. Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation will be available after December 1st and is due on January 1st.

Seawolf Connections

Seawolf Connections are small group meetings designed to connect new students with new and current undergraduate student leaders throughout the winter. Students will have an opportunity to ask important questions and learn more about their transition into Stony Brook University. Seawolf Connections will take place during December and January. Students will select their connection with their Peer Assistant Leader (PAL) based on their availability. In addition, international students will have additional Orientation requirements in  January. 

Advising and Registration Process

Your advising office will be reaching out to you via email and/or phone regarding your advising and registration process.  Please be sure that your phone number and preferred email address are up to date in the SOLAR system so that they are able to reach you. Please note that advising and registration cannot be completed until you've completed placement exams and cleared all holds on your account (except the Orientation and Advising Hold). To ensure a smooth advising and registration process, please be sure to complete all steps on the New Seawolf Checklist, which contains critical information on what many students must complete. 

New Seawolf Winter Welcome

In addition to Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation Part I, Seawolf Connections and participation in the enrollment process,  you are also required to participate in   New Seawolf Winter Welcome and to complete Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation Part II. More information will be shared in January! New Seawolf Winter Welcome takes place the week before the first day of classes. Students who do not attend New Seawolf Winter Welcome will automatically be enrolled in the ROME (Required Orientation Makeup Experience) course by early Spring semester.


Please note that the New Seawolf Orientation is only for new students. Family Members and supporters are encouraged to participate in their own virtual orientation program. For more information on Family & Guest Orientation, please visit the Family & Guest page.


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