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New Student Orientation

Get excited. Get connected. Get ready!

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Freshman Orientation

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

Residence Village

Preparing for Move-In

Make your transition from home to campus life as smooth as possible.

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Transfer Orientation

Register for Transfer Orientation and view your orientation schedule.

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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.

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!

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].

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the transition to SJU, please do not hesitate to contact the Orientation Office or any of the offices below:

Academic Service-Learning

718-990-6499

Admission Office

718-990-2000

Bookstore

718-990-6247

Campus Concierge

718-990–6631

Campus Engagement

718-990-5400

Campus Ministry

718-990-6255

Career Services

718-990-6375

Counseling Center

718-990-6384

Dean of Students

718-990-1506

Department of Student Wellness

718-990-7537

Dining Services

718-990-1535

Disabled Student Services

718-990-6384

Discover New York

718-990-7629

Financial Services

718-990-2000

Fitness Center

718-990-2357

Fraternities and Sororities

718-990-6707

General Information

718-990-6161

Health Services

718-990-6360

Institute for Writing Studies

718-990-2171

International Student Services

718-990-6083

Leadership Development

718-990-5400

Library

718-990-6201

Math Learning Center

718-990-2573

Military Science

718-990-2745

New Student Orientation

718-990-5353

Off-Campus Housing

718-990-7512

Office of Student Conduct

718-990-1422

Operations and Services

718-990-2104

Peer Mentoring

718-990-5400

Performing Arts

718-990-2972

Public Safety

718-990-6281

Recreational Sports

718-990-2342

Registrar

718-990-1350

Residence Life

718-990-2417

StormCard Office

718-990-6257

Student Development

718-990-6039

University Freshman Center

718-990-5858

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 Center

718-390-4438

Counseling Center

718-390-4451

Dean of Student Life

718-390-4445

Dining Services

718-390-4376

Discover New York

718-390-4165

Financial Aid

718-390-4453

Fitness Center

718-390-4005

Health Services

718-390-4447

Learning Resource Center

718-390-4297

Library

718-390-4457

Multicultural Student Affairs

718-390-4433

New Student Orientation

718-390-4165

Office of Student Life

718-390-4131

Registrar

718-390-4425

Residence Life

718-390 4080

Services and Support for Students with Disabilities

718-990-4444

StormCard

718-390-4487

University Freshman Center

718-390-5858

Orientation FAQ

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 or at [email protected]

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 stjohns.edu/orientation. 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 stjohns.edu/orientation. 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
    • Session 1 – Wednesday – Thursday, June 21-22
    • Session 2 - Wednesday – Thursday, June 28-29
    • Session 3 - Wednesday - Thursday, July 12-13
    • Session 4 - Wednesday - Thursday, July 19-20
    • Session 5- Wednesday - Thursday, July 26-27
    • Session 6 - Wednesday – Thursday, August 2-3
    • Session 7 - Wednesday – Thursday, August 9-10 
  • Transfer Orientation
    • Tuesday, July 18
    • Thursday, August 24 
  • Veteran Student Orientation
    • Tuesday, August 22
  • Graduate Student Orientation
    • Monday, August 28

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 19-20) 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 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 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.

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 your New Student 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 parent programs runs concurrently with the first day of the student program. However, it is a completely different program that is dedicated to parents so you will not be with your parent during this time. 

How long is the parent 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. You may also submit your health forms via the Online Patient Portal. We recommend that you submit these forms directly to Student Health Services prior to your orientation. 

Do graduate students attend orientation?
Yes, there is a New Student Orientation program for our incoming Graduate students. However, all Graduate students should speak with their academic college to confirm any separate sessions their college 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 2017. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop.

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