Welcome Freshmen Students!

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Welcome to Stony Brook University! All new freshmen students at Stony Brook University will participate in a two-part orientation. Both Orientation and Opening of School are required for all new freshmen students.

  • Orientation Part I is a full-day session that focuses on getting to know your Undergraduate College and registering for classes.  Orientation takes place in July and August (fall admitted students) and in January (spring admitted students)
  • Orientation Part II, also known as Experience Stony Brook, focuses on getting acclimated to the University climate, culture, and community. Experience Stony Brook takes place during the weekend before the beginning of the semester. Students who do not attend Experience Stony Brook will automatically be enrolled in the ROME (Required Orientation Makeup Experience) course.

 

To Receive an Orientation Date: In order to receive an orientation date, you should log on to the SOLAR system. Here you can accept your admission by:

    • Paying your tuition deposit online
    • Paying your housing deposit (if applicable) 
    • Paying your orientation fee
    • Completing the New Student Preferences form

After you have completed these steps, you will be assigned an Undergraduate College and an orientation date based on the order in which your tuition deposit was received. We will begin to assign freshmen orientation dates in mid May. You will receive an email and postcard with your orientation date once you have been assigned an orientation. 

Things to Do Before Orientation

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Complete Required Health Forms

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Complete Advising Planning Form

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Take Placement Exams

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Submit all of your AP scores and Transfer College Credit.

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Submit an official copy of your final high school transcript with proof of graduation

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Resolve new student holds on SOLAR.
*Please note that the Orientation Hold will remain on your account until you come to Orientation Part I and does not need to be resolved ahead of time.

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Consider your course registration options.
At Orientation, you will choose your classes with assistance from advisors and Orientation Leaders. Reviewing the General Education requirements and reviewing and printing information about your intended major will help prepare you for course selection. 

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Register for the optional Orientation Overnight Experience

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Find arrival information for orientation including what to bring and where to park. 

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Encourage your family and any guests who will be attending orientation with you to register for our Family/Guest program.