campus - students - campus center

Orientation is used to challenge and encourage students as they take their first steps toward deep and meaningful academic and social engagement on campus.

Starting life at SUNY Old Westbury is exciting but it can also be overwhelming, both for new students and for their families. That's why we developed our Orientation programs targeted to the needs of new first-year and transfer students.  Our goal is to help incoming students make the most of their college experience and facilitate a successful transition into the academic and social life of Old Westbury.

These programs involve a combination of experiences that include meeting and working with faculty, staff and student leaders while gaining an introduction to academic coursework and co-curricular involvement and leadership.

For information about how orientation supports the University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) mission of access, please visit the Enrollment Management DEI site.

Did you knOW? 96% of students who attended our sessions last summer stated that after attending orientation they felt:

  • Less Nervous
  • Less Anxious
  • Less Lost

For all new Old Westbury students, Orientation includes two parts:

Part 1: In-person Programs

Our in-person orientations are designed to provide you with the majority of resources that you will need in order to transition successfully as a new Old Westbury Student. Sessions include a specific focus on support services for students, academic expectations and opportunities to connect socially, with peers, staff and faculty.

Incoming First-Year Student Orientation Dates/Times

Incoming Transfer Student Orientation Dates/Times

Part 2: Advisement

Advisement appointments for each student will be held virtually or in-person, based on the student's need.  During these 30-40 minute appointments, the advisor will help you create a schedule for your first semester and discuss how that schedule fits with your long-term goal of completing your degree.

Learn more about First-Year Advisement Appointments during Orientation

Learn more about Transfer Advisement Appointments during Orientation

**In the event of inclement weather, please take note that IF classes are canceled on the date of your scheduled orientation, our program will also be canceled.**