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.
Participation in Family/Guest Program is optional (student orientation programs are mandatory). Up to two family/guest may attend the Family/Guest Program. Students are welcome to join you for the Family/Guest Program. Please note that registering for Family/Guest Program 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
Students who need to take the math placement assessment should do so before their orientation date, and ensure that their Health Forms are complete and submitted. 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 students with move-in, but there are no formal family events. While students have mandatory events to attend for Experience Stony Brook, family and guests are not able to attend these events. Experience Stony Brook takes place the weekend before the semester begins.