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New Student Orientation

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

When you attend 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!

If you need assistance or would like any information, please contact the Orientation Office at 718-990-5353 or [email protected].

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.

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.

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.

Academic Service-Learning718-990-6499
Admission Office718-990-2000
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
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
Residence Life718-990-2417
StormCard Office718-990-6257
Student Development718-990-6039
University Freshman Center718-990-5858

Office Phone

Academic Service-Learning718-390-4119
Admission Office718-390-4500
Campus Ministry718-390-4475
Career Center718-390-4438
Counseling Center718-390-4451
Dean of Student Life718-390-4445
Dining Services718-390-4376
Discover New York718-390-4165
Financial Aid718-390-4453
Fitness Center718-390-4005
Health Services718-390-4447
Learning Resource Center718-390-4297
Multicultural Student Affairs718-390-4433
New Student Orientation718-390-4165
Office of Student Life718-390-4131
Residence Life718-390 4080
Services and Support for Students with Disabilities718-990-4444
StormCard Office718-390-4487
University Freshman Center718-390-5858

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 schedule can be found at Also a full schedule of events will be given to students at the start of the program. 

Is Student Orientation mandatory? 
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 If you are having difficulty registering please contact our office at [email protected] or 718-990-5353.

What are the dates for orientation?

  • Freshman Orientation (Queens)
    • Session 1: June 19–20
    • Session 2: June 26–27
    • Session 3: July 10–11
    • Session 4: July 17–18
    • Session 5: July 24–25
    • Session 6: July 31–August 1
    • Session 7: August 7–8
  • Transfer Orientation
    • July 16
    • August 29
  • International Orientation
    • August 30–31
  • Veteran Orientation
    • August 27
  • Graduate Student Orientation
    • September 3
  • Staten Island New Student Orientation
    • August 29–30

Can I sign up for any orientation date?
There is one session where students of the College of Pharmacy and Health Services cannot attend (Session 4, July 17-18), but every other session is open to all students. 

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 on Day One begins at 9 a.m. and on Day Two ends around 4:30 p.m.

Can I request to room with someone? 
No, room assignments are random.

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 MySJU. 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?
Unfortunately the other residence halls will not be available for viewing during orientation.

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 available on campus.

Is the room I stay in for orientation the same as the room I will be living in during the semester?
No. For the duration of the orientation program all students stay in Donovan Hall. This housing is only temporary for orientation.

Is it mandatory to stay overnight? What if I can't stay overnight for religious reasons?
Yes, it is mandatory to stay overnight for safety reasons. However if there are religious reasons that prohibit you from staying overnight, please contact us at [email protected] or 718-990-5353. 

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.

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.

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.

Do I need to bring my own sheets/linens? 
Yes you do, sheets and linens are not provided but a pillow is provided. Please remember you will only be staying for one night and should be able to carry all possessions. 

What do I need to bring to orientation?
All you need to bring is toiletries, a change of clothes and linens. Student may bring money to purchase souvenirs.

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 first day of 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 3 p.m. for parents of commuter students and 3:45 p.m. for parents of resident students.

Can my parents stay on campus?
No, the parent program is only one day and as such parents need to arrange their own accommodations. 

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 Portalbefore 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.

Do I get a laptop as a new St. John's student?
Yes, you may choose to participate in the St. John's Laptop Program. Laptops will be distributed at the end of August. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop.

For more information, please see the Laptop Program FAQ. If you have questions about this program, please contact Information Technology Service Desk at 718-990-5000.