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 students entering in Fall 2021, Orientation includes three parts:
Part 1: Virtual Half-Day Programs
Our Half-Day virtual orientations are designed to provide you with the majority of resources that you will need in order to transition as a new Old Westbury Student. Sessions include a specific focus on support services for students and how to access them both in-person and virtually, as we re-start for fall 2021.
Part 2: Advisement
Advisement appointments for each student will be held virtually. 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.
Part 3: Optional In-person, half-day orientation
In accordance with NYS Department of Health and CDC guidelines, we will be offering in-person orientation sessions, which will address additional content not covered during virtual orientation.
Registration for these sessions is separate from registrations for the virtual programs. Invitations to register for the in-person program will be sent beginning in July to students who registered for a virtual session.
During this session, students will have the opportunity to visit our campus, meet with faculty, staff and their peers, while adhering to all safety guidelines set forth by federal, state and local entities. Due to capacity limitations, these sessions will be on a first-come-first-served basis and we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of orientation.
While attendance at the in-person session is not required, we strongly encourage you to register so that you are optimally prepared to start the fall 2021 semester at SUNY Old Westbury!
**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.**