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New Student Orientation

Orientation is a time where our University family comes together to welcome you to our community. Your participation is important in helping you embark on a successful experience at St. John’s.

With New Student Orientation, you will experience first-hand all that St. John’s has to offer and learn how to make the most of your time as a Johnny!

Get excited. Get connected. Get ready!

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Freshman Orientation

View an Orientation schedule and sign up for the Family Orientation.

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Transfer Orientation

Register for Transfer Orientation and view your orientation schedule.

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Family Orientation

We hold a special orientation program designed just for parents and families.

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Family Weekend

This weekend is all about welcoming you to the St. John's family!

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International Orientation

International students have a special orientation program just for you.

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Graduate Orientation

Register for Graduate Orientation and view your orientation schedule.

Orientation Leaders and Coordinators

During New Student Orientation, your Orientation Leader will be your personal guide to St. John’s University. Take advantage by learning from their experiences.

The Orientation Leaders have been preparing for your arrival for months, and they are excited to meet you. Your Orientation Leaders are members of various clubs, programming boards, honor/academic societies, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Government Inc., and many other student organizations

Abdullah Al-Bayati
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Baghdad
Fun Fact: I can solve a Rubik's Cube in under a minute!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Taffner Field House.

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Alexa Garcia
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Maspeth, Queens
Fun Fact: I hate chocolate.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Starbucks in DAC!

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Alexandra Zallo
Major: Legal Studies
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Fun Fact: I danced for a Knicks game at MSG
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Marillac Terrace.

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Alecia Black
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Jamaica
Fun Fact: I went to an all-girls boarding school for 4 years.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the first floor of DAC!

Alecia Black Orientation Leader 2022

Ariana Rolon
Major: Marketing
Hometown: New Rochelle
Fun Fact: I fractured my right arm playing soccer in 4th grade.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC.

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Batu Gokce
Major: English
Hometown: Sunnyside, Queens
Fun Fact: I can do one cartwheel!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the Monty’s Basketball Court.

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Brendan Volkommer
Major: Government & Politics
Hometown: Plainview, New York (Long Island)
Fun Fact: I like the Mets way more than the Yankees!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC First Floor.

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Carly Landry
Major: Health and Human Services
Hometown: Norton, Massachusetts
Fun Fact: I never had any interest in going to college in NY until I toured St. John’s!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC Coffeehouse, only when it’s not busy.

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Cecilia Whelton
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Fun Fact: My childhood dream was to be a circus clown.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the Great Lawn.

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Cloe Abadie Calderón
Major: Advertising
Hometown: Alcalá de Henares
Fun Fact: My eyes change color with the seasons!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus are the little benches/garden by St. John’s shall and the Welcome Center.

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Deven Paul
Major: Biology
Hometown: Sunnyside, Queens
Fun Fact: I can continuously crack my right wrist.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Marillac Cafeteria.

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Elan Shimunov
Major: Biology
Hometown: Forest hills
Fun Fact: I speak more than 2 languages.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC.

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Emily Haffiz
Major: Biology
Hometown: Jamaica, Queens
Fun Fact: I’ve played the clarinet and piano for 6 years.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the Great Lawn and DAC at the Starbucks.

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Emily Hernandez
Major: Finance
Hometown: Jackson Heights, New York
Fun Fact: I played the violin for 10 years!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Tobin 3rd floor.

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Enjelique Adams
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
Fun Fact: I baton twirled in elementary school for two years!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC Starbucks and the Great Lawn.

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Eric Weggeland
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Holbrook, NY
Fun Fact: I saw my first SJU basketball game when I was 8!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Walkway behind DAC.

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Faizah Sheikh
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Jamaica, NY
Fun Fact: I like to make spreadsheets for every month on what tasks I need to complete!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is at Tobin! A quite spot to relax, hang out with friends, and study.

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Gabriella Onesto
Major: Government and Politics
Hometown: Merrick, Long Island
Fun Fact: I have a social justice minor, and I'm an Ozanam Scholar.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the Great Lawn!

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Gauravi Tulsyan
Major: Biomedical sciences
Hometown: Queens
Fun Fact: I speak 3 languages!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the D’Angelo center.

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Hailey Brizuela
Major: Homeland Security
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Fun Fact: I love to crochet, and Selena Gomez has a scarf I’ve made!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Tobin.

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Ibrahim Rashid
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: The Bronx
Fun Fact: I used to be able to solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute. Emphasis on “used to”!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the track field and bleachers behind DAC.

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Isabella Marrero
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: North Bergen, NJ
Fun Fact: I’m a dancer!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is by the Spirit Rock.

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Jacqueline Stelluto
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Franklin Square, Long Island, NY
Fun Fact: Paris is my favorite city!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is The great lawn or DAC Starbucks.

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Jada McClary
Major: Childhood Education
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Fun Fact: I’ve written and produced music!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Sullivan Hall 5th floor & 3rd Floor Tobin.

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Joel Stephen
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Tunapuna, Trinidad
Fun Fact: I like to make my tea then drink it cold!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Tobin College.

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John Ortiz
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Jersey City
Fun Fact: My favorite show is One Piece :)
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC Starbucks, Great Lawn.

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Jonathan Wright
Major: Legal Studies
Hometown: West Hempstead
Fun Fact: I used to practice judo when I was younger.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the Library.

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Jonathan Wilds
Major: Communication Arts - Media Management Track
Hometown: Hempstead
Fun Fact: I met Sleepy Hollow in St. John’s Hall!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the Haraya Office!

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Joyce Andria
Major: Government and Politics
Hometown: Brooklyn
Fun Fact: I’ve played the violin for thirteen years!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Tobin college of business.

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Karolina Bednarowski
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Maspeth, NY
Fun Fact: I lived in Poland for 4 years!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC.

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Krystal Aguinaga
Major: Biology
Hometown: Wantagh, NY
Fun Fact: I like to eat at the top of the parking garage in my car and enjoy the city view!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Tobin.

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Leliah Navarrete
Major: Childhood education
Hometown: Big Bear Lake, California
Fun Fact: I have a pet hedgehog!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Marillac auditorium.

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MarcAnthony Ramos
Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Howard Beach, NY
Fun Fact I did karate for a few years and was just a few months shy from black belt!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is St. Augustine.

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Mark Kamel
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Glendale (Queens)
Fun Fact: I play guitar !
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC.

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Matthew De Prado
Major: Advertising Communications Creative Track
Hometown: Elmont, NY
Fun Fact: I’m Left-Handed!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC.

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Natalie Almonte
Major: Biology
Hometown: East Elmhurst, Queens
Fun Fact: I’m ridiculously obsessed with twilight (Team Edward Ofc)!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Bent hall (Tobin Business School).

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Nicolas Edon
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Elmont, New York (Long Island)
Fun Fact: I drive stick shift.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Taffner Field House!

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Nicoletta Tommaselli
Major: International Business
Hometown: Houston TX
Fun Fact: I work at blaze pizza.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Einstein Bagels.

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Nikita Persaud
Major: Marketing Major
Hometown: Briarwood, Queens, NY
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister who also goes to SJU!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus The Little Theater.

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Rashawn Flinch
Major: Business Analytics
Hometown: Portmore, Jamaica
Fun Fact: My favourite show is Drag Race and my favourite comic to read is Thor: God of Thunder Vol 1
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Downstairs DAC (like the little lounge sitting area).

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Reina Oates
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Mount Vernon
Fun Fact: I'm double jointed!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is The great lawn.

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Rhea Singh
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Floral Park
Fun Fact: I love getting my nails done!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Tobin!

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Sara Gowen
Major: International Management
Hometown: Massapequa Park
Fun Fact: I have never had French fries!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Tobin!

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Sashreek Yadav
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Fun Fact: I like to make beats in my free time.
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is 3rd floor of Tobin!

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Sophia DeMato
Major: Illustration
Hometown Merrick, NY
Fun Fact: I like K-pop!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is Starbucks!

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Tahira Hasan
Major: Biology
Hometown: Jackson Heights, NY
Fun Fact: I’m an Aquarius and I share a birthday with Harry Styles! <3
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is watching the sunset from the roof of the parking garage!

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Tashna-Loy Drummond
Major: Biology
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Fun Fact: I used to do competitive gymnastics until an injury and now I do it occasionally/just for fun!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is ULC.

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Tatiana Almonte
Major: Computer Security Systems
Hometown: Brooklyn NY
Fun Fact: I’m hilarious!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC.

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Alexandra Crespo
Orientation Coordinator of Logistics & Technology
Major: Journalism Minor in English
Hometown: Thomaston, Connecticut
Fun Fact: I have the same birthday as Fergie!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the New Student Affairs Office DAC 213!

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Ann-Isabelle Eustache
Orientation Coordinator of Registration & Communication
Major: Biology
Hometown: Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York
Fun Fact: I am an EMT!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is DAC!

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Ignacio Prieto Ruiz De Ojeda
Orientation Coordinator of Staff Training & Development
Major: Business Analytics
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Fun Fact: I have never lost a game of dance dance revolution.
My favorite spot to hang out on campus is Tobin!

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Nusrat Tabassum
Orientation Coordinator of Parent Programming and Family Weekend
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Elmhurst, Queens, NY
Fun Fact: I collect Snapple bottle caps!
My favorite spot to hangout on campus is the water fountain!

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Alexandra Baratta
Orientation Leader Coordinator
Major: Accounting
School: Tobin School of Business
Year: Senior

 

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Pierson Wang
Orientation Leader Coordinator
Major: Homeland Security
School: College of Professional Studies
Year: Senior

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William Tarfuri
Major:  Risk Management and Insurance
School:  Tobin School of Business
Year:  Senior

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Michael Pacheco
Major:  Adolescent Education/Concentration in Social Studies
School:  School of Education
Year: Senior

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Elizabeth Grillo
Major: Childhood Education/Concentration in Psychology  
School: School of Education
Year: Senior

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Ariana LoBianco
Major: Sports Management/Double Minor in Music and Accounting
School: College of Professional Studies
Year: Senior

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Gianna Marino
Major: Fashion Studies
School: College of Professional Studies
Year: Senior

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Christopher Marinaro
Major Criminal Justice
School:  College of Professional Studies
Year: Senior

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Justin Siracusa
Major: Finance
School: Tobin School of Business
Year: Sophomore

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Amanda Montanino
Major: Adolescent Education/Concentration in Mathematics
School:  School of Education
Year: Senior

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Cassidy LaCera
Major: Accounting
School: Tobin School of Business
Year : Sophomore

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to answer your questions! If you have any questions that are still not answered, please feel free to contact the Orientation office at 718-990-5353.

What happens at orientation?

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.

Where can I find a schedule of orientation?

A full schedule of events will be given to students at the start of the in person program on your Orientation Connection day. 

Is orientation mandatory for students?

Yes. New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new incoming students. If there are unavoidable circumstances please contact the orientation office at [email protected] or 718-990-5353.

Do I have to pay a fee for orientation?

No, orientation is free for students and parents to attend.

How do I register for orientation?

Everyone will receive an email with instructions on how to register online for orientation. You can also click on the ‘Register for Orientation’ link on stjohns.edu/orientation. If you are having difficulty registering please contact our office at [email protected] or 718-990-5353.

Can I change my orientation date? 

Yes, contact our office at [email protected] or 718-990-5353.

What time does orientation start/end?

Check-in for orientation will be either 9:00am or 9:30am depending on your group assignment.

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, which once complete can be viewed in the University information system (UIS). International and transfer students register through advisors in their school/college.

Where can I park? Is parking free? 
You can park in any general spot on campus for the duration of the orientation program for free. You can enter campus at gate 6, 4 or 1 for general parking. 

Will I be able to tour the residence hall I will be living in during the school year?
A tour will be provided of available building(s) on your Orientation connection day.  That availability may be limited on the date of your visit.  But, a representative space will be available to be toured.

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 Residence Life Handbook. Also, look at our 360-Degree Residence Hall Tours for a preview of every room type available on campus.

Do I have to stay the whole day of orientation? Can I leave early? 
Yes, students must stay for the entirety of the program. If there are unavoidable circumstances please contact the orientation office at [email protected] or 718-990-5353.  In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to depart early.  Families should plan for their student, in the event this occurs.

Can I leave campus during orientation?
No, for security reasons students are not allowed to leave campus for the duration of the program.

What do I need to do before orientation?
Review the new student 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 Orientation.  Complete online orientation.  Instructions will be sent to you via email within 7 days of your arrival for your registered session.  COVID-19 testing will be provided on your Orientation Connection day for students.  If you are a fully vaccinated student, please upload your vaccination documentation as soon as possible (ideally 5-7 days prior to your arrival).  If we cannot verify vaccination status prior to your arrival on campus, testing will be required for students.

What should I wear to orientation?
During Orientation students spend time walking around campus. Therefore, students should wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. As most facilities are air conditioned, you may want to bring a sweater.  Please bring a mask.  We will be both indoors and outdoors.

Are kosher meals available? 
Yes, Kosher meals are available at request. Please contact the orientation office at [email protected] or 718-990-5353 to request a Kosher meal.

I am fasting during orientation, will I be able to put a meal aside?
Yes, just let your orientation leaders know at the start of the day and arrangements will be made. 

Are my parents required to go to orientation?
No, parents are not required but encouraged to attend Family Orientation.

Can I bring a guest to orientation?
No, we cannot accommodate guests. Orientation is a chance for students to become familiar with their new school environment and interact with other incoming students so guests are not allowed. 

Do my parents/guardians participate in the same program?
The Family Orientation program runs concurrently with the student program. However, it is a completely different program that is dedicated to families, so you will not be with your parent during this time. 

How long is the family program?
The parent program ends at 2:35 p.m. for parents of commuter students and 3:15 p.m. for parents of resident students.

Are there any hotels in the area or that offer a discounted rate? 
Yes, these hotels have special rates for St. John’s University affiliates.

Can I bring my health forms to orientation?

Yes, you may bring your health forms to orientation as long as they are completed in their entirety and your X-number is written on each page.

We recommend that you submit your forms via the Online Patient Portal before your Orientation. For more information, please contact Student Health Services

Do graduate students attend orientation?
Yes, there is a Orientation program for our incoming graduate students. However, all graduate students should speak with their academic college/school to confirm any separate sessions their department or program may require.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Orientation Office at 718-990-5353. You may also contact any University office directly for more information.

OfficePhone
Academic Service-Learning718-990-6499
Admission Office718-990-2000
Bookstore718-990-6247
Campus Concierge718-990–6631
Campus Engagement718-990-5400
Campus Ministry718-990-6255
Career Services718-990-6375
Counseling Center718-990-6384
Dean of Students718-990-1506
Department of Student Wellness718-990-7537
Dining Services718-990-1535
Disabled Student Services718-990-6384
Discover New York718-990-7629
Financial Services718-990-2000
Fitness Center718-990-2357
Fraternities and Sororities718-990-6707
General Information718-990-6161
Health Services718-990-6360
Institute for Writing Studies718-990-2171
International Student Services718-990-6083
Leadership Development718-990-5400
Library718-990-6201
Math Learning Center718-990-2573
Military Science718-990-2745
New Student Orientation718-990-5353
Off-Campus Housing718-990-7512
Office of Student Conduct718-990-1422
Operations and Services718-990-2104
Peer Mentoring718-990-5400
Performing Arts718-990-2972
Public Safety718-990-6281
Recreational Sports718-990-2342
Registrar718-990-1350
Residence Life718-990-2417
StormCard Office718-990-6257
Student Development718-990-6039
University Freshman Center718-990-5858

Academic Service-Learning

718-390-4119

Admission Office

718-390-4500

Bookstore

718-390-4430

Bursar

718-390-4135

Campus Ministry

718-390-4475

Career Services

718-390-4438

Counseling Center

718-390-4451

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

718-390-4345

Dining Services

718-390-4376

Discover New York

718-390-4131

Financial Aid

718-390-4453

Fitness Center

718-390-4005

Health Services

718-390-4447

Student Success Center

718-390-4586

Library

718-390-4457

Multicultural Student Affairs

718-390-4470

New Student Orientation

718-390-4131

Office of Student Life

718-390-4131

Registrar

718-390-4425

Residence Life

718-390 4080

Services and Support for Students with Disabilities

718-390-4451

StormCard Office

718-390-4487