Winter Orientation (Orientation Part I)

Transfer student registering for classes

Orientation Dates and Times
Orientation Part I takes place on select weekdays in December and January. You will be assigned an orientation date based on your intended major and the order in which your deposit and new student preferences form is received.

Once you have been assigned a date, you will receive a postcard to your home address, as well as an email, with your orientation date and a list of items to complete to prepare for orientation. Students who are unable to attend the orientation date that they are assigned are encouraged to contact the Orientation Office at (631) 632-6710 as soon as possible to schedule an alternate date. 

Students must attend orientation to register for spring classes. You may notice an Orientation Hold on your account. All new students will have this hold prior to attending Orientation Part I. The hold will be removed at orientation for you to register for your classes.

Orientation Part I is a half day program for most transfer students. The morning session begins at 8:30am and will end at approximately 2:00pm. The afternoon session begins at 11:30am or 12:30pm (depending on major, please check your postcard for start time) and will end at approximately 6:00pm. Please arrive at the SAC lobby no later than the start time and plan to stay for the entire time period. 

Preparing for Orientation
Orientation occurs in the Student Activities Center (SAC). Students will spend most of their day in the SAC. Students driving to orientation should be sure to park in the H Lot, also known as the Student Activities Center lot (Faculty/Staff Lot). Parking cannot be validated for the parking garage or other areas of campus. Click here for additional information on traveling to campus.

The Orientation Checklist contains critical information on what many students must complete prior to their orientation date. Students who do not complete these items prior to orientation may be unable to register for necessary classes due to missing information.

For a smooth orientation day, please remember the bring:

  • Government issued photo identification
  • Copies of immunization and meningitis forms. To ensure a smooth orientation day, these forms should be mailed directly to Student Health Services at least 2 weeks before your orientation date. Please bring additional copies of these forms to orientation just in case.
  • Most recent transcripts including coursework currently in process (can be unofficial for initial review)
  • Syllabi/course descriptions from previous schools for math, journalism, business, and all science courses

What Happens at Orientation?
During your orientation, you will

  • have breakfast (morning orientation session) or lunch (afternoon orientation session)
  • meet with other transfer students
  • have your picture taken for your ID card
  • have an individual appointment with an orientation advisor to review your prior coursework and choose courses for the spring
  • work with an advisor, faculty members, and Orientation Leaders to register for spring courses
  • attend a presentation on "Commuting to Stony Brook" or "Living On Campus"
  • learn about technology at Stony Brook, how to access your Stony Brook email account, and how to navigate the SOLAR system
  • take a campus tour (optional)
  • visit the information fair (optional)

Please note that orientation is only for new students. Family members or other guests will not be allowed to participate in the orientation program with the student. Family members and guests are welcome to attend a separate Family & Guest Orientation, which takes place on select dates in January. For more information on Family & Guest Orientation and date availability, please visit the Family & Guest page.

In addition to Orientation Part I, where you select your classes, you are also required to attend Experience Stony Brook (Orientation Part II) at the end of January. You will attend a series of programs and activities designed to acclimate you to Stony Brook and introduce you to faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Inclement Weather
Winter weather sometimes interferes with our planned orientation sessions. Information about University weather-related closings can be found on the Stony Brook SB Alert page or by calling (631) 632-SNOW. If classes are in session, orientation will proceed as scheduled. If orientation is proceeding as scheduled, but weather prevents you from attending, please contact us at (631) 632-6710 to reschedule for a later orientation date.

Students who have questions about orientation or require an accommodation should contact the office of Student Orientation and Family Programs at (631) 632-6710.