Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How do I pay my tuition deposit?

A: Please click the link below for step-by-step instructions, with visuals!

Paying Your Old Westbury Tuition Deposit!

Q:  Do I have to attend the Orientation program?

A:  Yes, the orientation program is an important key to your success here at Old Westbury.  Statistics show that students who attend orientation are more likely to graduate on-time, and adjust to the campus much better than students who do not attend.  Orientation is also where you will meet fellow classmates and your academic advisor, who will register you for your classes!

Q:  Is there a fee for Orientation?

A:  Yes, the one-time fee of $100.00 for New Student Orientation and Transfer Orientation. The fee will be placed onto all new Old Westbury student accounts, their first semester they register for classes.

Q:  How do I find my Student ID number and Username?

A:  Your student ID number and username will be found in your admissions letter/email.

Q:  What should I bring? 

A:  All students should bring:

  • A photo identification card (Driver’s License, Passport, State Photo ID or High School ID) – you will need this to get your Old Westbury student ID.
  • Your Old Westbury e-mail address  - in the event you need to access your student account.
  • Any paperwork you may want to turn into specific offices (health forms, official transcripts, etc.)
  • Additional packing items will be emailed to your campus email prior to your session!

You will also need to bring the following with you to your academic advising meeting (do not turn this information in to any office).

  • An unofficial copy of your transcript that includes courses for which you are currently enrolled
  • An unofficial copy of college transcripts for all college courses you have taken
  • College transcript for credit-bearing courses taken while in high school
  • Documentation of Advanced Placement courses taken and exam scores (if available)
  • Documentation  of International Baccalaureate courses taken and exam scores (if available)
  • Regents exam scores

Q:  How will I know whether or not I got my choice of orientation session?

A:  Want to know ASAP?  Please continue to check your Old Westbury email. Your log-on information will be in your admissions acceptance packet. We also give you detailed instructions when we contact you via the email you indicate on your Admission’s application.

Q:  Why haven't I received information about orientation yet?/When will I receive information/materials about Orientation?

A:

Summer Orientation

Summer materials for both transfers and first years will be emailed out on a rolling basis, based upon your acceptance into the college.  Our email drops usually begin on or about April 1st from the email address, orientation@oldwestbury.edu. Please note this email will go to the email address you provided in your Admissions application as well as your new Old Westbury email account. Once you e-mail back your registration form, expect to receive a confirmation via your Old Westbury email address ONLY within about 7 business days. 

Winter Orientation

Winter materials for both transfers and first years will be emailed out on a rolling basis, based upon your acceptance into the college.  Our email drops usually begin in October from the email address, orientation@oldwestbury.edu. Please note this email will go to the email address you provided in your Admissions application as well as your new Old Westbury email account. Once you e-mail back your registration form, expect to receive a confirmation via your Old Westbury email address ONLY within about 7 business days. 

Q:  Can I bring guests with me to Orientation?

A: We encourage family/supporters to attend their own orientation session. For first-year students, this program occurs concurrently on Day 1 during the New Student Orientation program.  For Transfer students, you may bring 1 family/supporter, but please note that you will not be together for most of the program. Please note that a $50.00 guest fee will be applied to the student account.

Q:  Can my guests and I get on-campus overnight accommodations?

A:  We only provide overnight accommodations for students during the Summer two-day New Student Orientation program.  No other accommodations can be made at this time.

Q:  If I am commuting do I need to stay overnight?

A:  Yes, all students who attend Summer two-day New Student Orientation need to stay overnight.  We have activities that run late into the night and it is an important way for you to meet students you will be in classes with in a social setting.