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#StRose2019 Orientation is almost here!

We’re less than two weeks from the start of the first Class of 2019 orientation! On campus we are busy prepping for each session, and we know attendees are starting to think things like “Ah! What do I bring??” and “What time do I need to show up?” We’ve pulled together this FAQ for your review (I have pulled this info from the New Student Orientation webpages). Please note that the “I” in the questions below is written from the student perspective. For parent information, please visit the Parent & Family page.


Which session do I attend?

You have been assigned an orientation session and can find your assignment in your mailed materials. Orientation sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 24
  • Session 2: Wednesday, July 1 – Thursday, July 2
  • Session 3: Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, July 7
  • Session 4: Thursday, July 9 – Friday, July 10

Should my parent or guardian join me?

Parents and families are encouraged to attend orientation with their student. A separate Parent and Family Orientation is offered the same time as New Student Orientation and will help to answer many questions that families may have.

What time do I need to check-in and where do I need to be?

The website says to “arrive at your appropriate check-in time” because it depends on if  you are taking math placement or not, so check your orientation materials for this information. Check-in is at 7:45 a.m. for those taking math placement, and regular check-in time is at 8:15 a.m. Check-in for students (regardless of math placement) will take place at the residence hall, Lima Hall, main entrance (366 Western Ave.). Families will check-in at the same time, however they will check-in at the atrium of the Events and Athletics Center (420 Western Ave.). Here’s a link to the campus map to help you navigate.

When will orientation end?

We understand you have a busy summer and want to plan as much fun as possible! Check-out for each orientation session will begin at approximately 1:35 p.m. on day two. The Student Solution Center and Academic Advisement Office will each be open at 2 p.m. for any questions or concerns before you depart from campus. Both offices are located in Saint Joseph Hall.

Where should I park?

LaSalle Parking Lot (P2, off of Western Avenue) or the Music Parking Lot (P6, off of Madison Avenue). See the campus map for visuals.

Where will I stay?

Students will stay on-campus and share a room with another new student. Orientation is your time to see what life is like on campus, staying in a residence hall and meeting a classmate is the perfect way to experience Saint Rose!

What should I bring?

Summer in Albany can be beautiful, and we certainly have our fingers crossed for gorgeous summer days. That being said, keep an eye on the forecast before your arrival and plan accordingly, warm clothing may be needed. Recommended items:

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Shower shoes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small electric fan (most residence halls are not air conditioned)
  • Blanket (please note that bed sheets, towels, and pillows ARE provided)
  • Alarm clock (or phone charger if you plan to use that)
  • Pen and paper

Orientation occurs in a variety of buildings on campus, requiring walking. All buildings are handicap accessible and Orientation Staff is committed to welcoming all first-year students and families. Participants who need assistance or accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services at 518-454-2335 well in advance to ensure all necessary arrangements are made.

Who will be my orientation leader?

Your orientation leader will be assigned on your first day. In the meantime, get to know each of the orientation leaders here!


Did we miss something? Check out the New Student Orientation page or contact the Office of Student Life directly at 518-454-5170 or

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