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Office of New Student Services
101 Wilsbach Hall
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
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New Student Services
Freshman Parents





The Office of New Student Services works with new freshman and transfer students as well as their parents during their first year at the College. We are here to provide all new students with assistance as they transition to SUNY Oneonta, whether from high school or from another college. We want you to thrive at the College.

Our services for new students begin with Orientation; at Orientation, new students are introduced to SUNY Oneonta’s academic and behavioral expectations; exposed to College values, traditions, and social opportunities; as well as connect with other new students, returning students, faculty and staff members.

SUNY Oneonta has a two part orientation process for entering students. Students will be required to complete ONE, the online academic information piece prior to their arrival in January. The second phase of orientation is the in-person orientation during which students will not only attend informational sessions, but will also receive course advisement from faculty, and enroll in their spring semester courses

For Students starting classes in the spring 2016, orientation will be held January 17-19, 2016. (To view the schedule, please click the dates)

The New Student Services Team collaborates with the Residence Life Department on our First Year Residence Halls. We program specifically for freshmen in those living areas. These residence halls focus on the social and academic transition that freshmen will make as they enter the College. These halls offer outlets for social activities, as well as programs on topics that range from the every-day skills that students need to the esoteric.

The New Student Services Team also works with the faculty members who teach the First Year Seminar. This is a one credit class that is taught by a full-time faculty member and a student peer educator (Very Influential Peer). First Year Seminar is not a required class, however, it assists new freshman in making the transition to the College.

We look forward to meeting you at orientation and at the many different events and activities sponsored by the New Student Services Team. Click here to learn more about Welcome Dragon Week activities. Again, welcome to our new freshman and transfer students.

~Monica Grau
Director, New Student Services


Pass through the Pillars, Fall 2011
Pass through the Pillars is a campus tradition. All new students gather the
night before classes begin to pass through the Pillars of Old Main.