Orientation FAQ

What is orientation and why is it important to attend?
St. John's Orientation program brings the University together to welcome new students. Orientation is required for all new students, whether they are freshmen, transfer, international, resident or commuter students. During Orientation students have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the academic environment, the support services and important locations on campus. You will also be able to learn about the St. John's experience from Orientation Leaders.

Can parents and family members attend orientation?
Absolutely, we welcome the opportunity to introduce the entire family to St. John’s University.

Is there a fee to attend orientation?
There is no fee for students and parents to attend Orientation.

Do Graduate students attend orientation?
Only international Graduate students will attend New Student Orientation. However, all Graduate students should speak with their academic college to confirm any separate sessions their college may require. 

What do I need to do before orientation?
Review the orientation check-list so you are fully prepared before you arrive on campus. This check-list is full of things you need to consider or complete before attending your New Student Orientation.

What should I bring to orientation?
During Orientation students spend time walking around campus. Therefore, students should wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We provide all meals during orientation. Vegetarians must indicate so when confirming their orientation date. Students may bring money for souvenirs or snacks. For those students attending an over-night orientation session, linens will be provided in the Residence Hall. You will want to bring toiletries and a change of clothes, but bedding (a pillow, a blanket, and a sheet) are provided.

What is an Orientation Leader (OL)?
An Orientation leader is a St. John's student who embodies the values of St. John's University and is chosen to assist incoming students with their transition to college, Orientation Leaders are involved in a variety of activities at St. John's and are here to answer your questions from the student perspective.

When do I get my class schedule?
The University Freshman Center creates all schedules for first-semester freshmen, viewed online via UIS. International and transfer students register through advisors in their college.

How do I see what the residence halls look like?
To learn more about residence life at St. John’s, including the layouts of the types of rooms available, please see the new view book Live at SJU: Guide to Residence Life (PDF), which features full page spread of the residence halls and apartments. Also, look at our 360-Degree Residence Hall Tours for a preview of every room available on campus.