Family/Guest Program at Orientation
Parents and family members play a significant role in their students' college development and education. Family/Guest Program will offer information to assist families and students as they transition to the Stony Brook University community. Family/Guest Program focuses on a variety of topics that may be of interest to family members of new students including presentations on safety and security on campus, academic requirements, money management, housing and commuting to campus, meal plans, and family transition amongst others.
Participation in Family/Guest Program is optional and runs concurrently with the student orientation program, which is mandatory for students. Family members may attend orientation on the same date as their student, however, please remember that the family and student programs are separate with no scheduled meetings between family members and students during Orientation. Some of these guidelines are in place to foster student development and independence. In addition, one of the main functions of the student program is to register for classes. Students will meet with professional academic advisors and register for classes. This is a time when students work with advisors to develop goals and plans. As such, family and guests cannot accompany students to advising and registration rooms.
For access to presentations from Family/Guest program, click HERE.
Please visit our Registration Form to register to attend Family/Guest Orientation for Summer 2015.
If you are unable to attend Family/Guest Orientation, but would like to register for communication to be informed or be involved in the student experience at Stony Brook, please visit the FamilyConnect form.
Participation in Family/Guest Program is optional, while student orientation programs are mandatory. Please note that while you are welcome to register for any Family/Guest Program that fits your schedule, students must still attend on their assigned orientation date. Your registration for a Family/Guest program on a different date DOES NOT change your student's orientation date.
Directions and Parking
Those driving to campus should park in the Student Activities Center parking lot on the day of the orientation program. You can get directions here. Parking elsewhere on campus cannot be validated (i.e. parking garage, meters, etc).
Those who are traveling by Long Island Rail Road should exit at the Stony Brook station (Port Jefferson line). A Stony Brook University bus will take you to the Student Activities Center loop.
Prepare for Orientation
To prepare for orientation, students should pay their orientation fee, complete necessary placement exams, and ensure that their Health Forms are complete and submitted. For a full list of items for students to complete before orientation, please click on the respective links for the Transfer Student Orientation Checklist and the First-Year Student Checklist.
Experience Stony Brook (orientation part II)
Guests are welcome to assist residential students with move-in on Friday, August 21, 2015 and attend the Family Farewell Barbeque. Tickets and registration deadlines will be available here beginning in June. While students have mandatory events to attend for Experience Stony Brook, family and guests are not able to attend these events. Experience Stony Brook will take place on Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23, 2015. The first day of classes is Monday, August 24, 2015.