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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.

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

Grace Bagdon
Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls OH
Year: Sophomore
Major: Global Develop & Sustainabilit
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Anika Bristol
Hometown: New York NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Nisha Busre
Hometown: Lindenhurst NY
Year: Senior
Major: Communication Arts
College: College of Professional Stud
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Kaitlin Byrnes
Hometown: East Rockaway NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Homeland Security
College: College of Professional Stud
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Salvatore Chabla
Hometown: Woodside NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Sport Management
College: College of Professional Stud
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Shekaniah Charles
Hometown: Hyde Park MA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Lauren Crean
Hometown: Ocean NJ
Year: Sophomore
Major: Environ Sustain & Decis Making
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Kiori Cruz
Hometown: E Stroudsburg PA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Sciences
College: Coll of Pharm & Health Science
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Hajarah Dar
Hometown: Bethpage NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice
College: College of Professional Stud
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Michael DeRisi
Hometown: Hempstead NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Adolescence Edu/Mathematics
College: The School of Education
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Sydney DiStefano
Hometown: Coventry RI
Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice
College: College of Professional Stud
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Lauren Dooley
Hometown: Huntington NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Adolescence Edu/English
College: The School of Education
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Jelani Estrada
Hometown: Brooklyn NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Sciences
College: Coll of Pharm & Health Science
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Elise Faulk
Hometown: Laurel, MD
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Patricia Fawcett
Hometown: Glendale NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Lianna Fernandez
Hometown: Bellerose NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice
College: College of Professional Stud
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Amanda Galvez
Hometown: Mineola NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
College: College of Professional Stud
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Wenxue Gao
Hometown: Mineola NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Management
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Alexandra Garcia
Hometown: Huntington NY
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Stephanie Gonzalez
Hometown: Rego Park NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Childhood Education 1-6
College: The School of Education
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Dallas Hill
Hometown: Smyrna DE
Year: Sophomore
Major: Government & Politics
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Brandon Hinds
Hometown: Brooklyn NY
Year: Freshman
Major: Environmental Science
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Alex Hootsell
Hometown: Stone Mountain GA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
College: College of Professional Stud
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Abonee Hossain
Hometown: Bellerose NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy - 6 Yr PharmD
College: Coll of Pharm & Health Science
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Aynul Hossain
Hometown: Ozone Park NY
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science/ Business Adm
College: College of Professional Stud
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Marisa Inglese
Hometown: Middle Vlg NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy - 6 Yr PharmD
College: Coll of Pharm & Health Science
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Amaya Iverson
Hometown: Yonkers NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Jahlani Jackson
Hometown: Clinton MD
Year: Sophomore
Major: Sociology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Rilei Johnson
Hometown: Washington DC
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Atabongnkeng Khumbah
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Justin Laucella
Hometown: Deer Park NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Homeland Security
College: College of Professional Stud
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Jessica Leathers
Hometown: Brooklyn NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Sport Management
College: College of Professional Stud
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Dana Livingston
Hometown: Freeport NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: English
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Ashley Mangra
Hometown: Richmond Hill NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Government & Politics
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Leslie Martinez
Hometown: Bronx NY
Year: Senior
Major: Legal Studies
College: College of Professional Stud
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Skylah McBean-Adams
Hometown: Copiague NY
Year: Senior
Major: Risk Management and Insurance
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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CaSandra McCray
Hometown: Brooklyn NY
Year: Senior
Major: Communication Arts
College: College of Professional Stud
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Wendy Mendez
Hometown: Elmhurst NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice
College: College of Professional Stud
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Carmella Mae Mendoza
Hometown: Middle Vlg NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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John Mezquita
Hometown: North Bergen NJ
Year: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Thomas Moore
Hometown: Middle Village NY
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Wasim Mustafa
Hometown: Queens Village NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Cyber Security Systems
College: College of Professional Stud
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Blanche Palasi
Hometown: Ozone Park NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy - 6 Yr PharmD
College: Coll of Pharm & Health Science
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Kendall Pierre
Hometown: Lafayette LA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Finance
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Ryan Pugh
Hometown: Massapequa Pk NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: History
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Marsean Rice
Hometown: Catonsville MD
Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Relations
College: College of Professional Stud
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Shamar Roberts
Hometown: Bergenfield NJ
Year: Sophomore
Major: Information Technology
College: College of Professional Stud
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Thomas Scarabino
Hometown: Middle Village NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Relations
College: College of Professional Stud
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Yaminah Smith
Hometown: Bloomfield NJ
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism
College: College of Professional Stud
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Ainsley Sonnier
Hometown: Nashville TN
Year: Sophomore
Major: Risk Management and Insurance
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Ashleigh Stampp
Hometown: Queens NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Economics
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Jaylene Styron
Hometown: Jamaica NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Taizia Sullivan
Hometown: Bronx NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Garry Tellus
Hometown: Elmont NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Santom Thomas
Hometown: New Hyde Park NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Sarahlee Tucker
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Year: Sophomore
Major: Legal Studies
College: College of Professional Studies
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Sofia Valencia
Hometown: E Northport NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Adolescence Edu/English
College: The School of Education
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Ciara Warner
Hometown: Hempstead NY
Year: Senior
Major: Public Relations
College: College of Professional Stud
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Njemile Wickham
Hometown: Brooklyn NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Sciences
College: Coll of Pharm & Health Science
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Alexa Williams
Hometown: Bushkill PA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Risk Management and Insurance
College: The Peter J. Tobin Coll of Bus
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Ryan Fredericks
Hometown: Flushing NY
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
College: College of Professional Stud
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Ashton Maxey
Hometown: Miramar FL
Year: Senior
Major: Communication Arts
College: College of Professional Stud
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Christina Petkanas
Hometown: Westbury NY
Year: Senior
Major: Spanish
College: St. John's College of Lib Arts
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Sean Scarabino
Hometown: Queens NY
Year: Sophomore
Major: Sport Management
College: College of Professional Stud
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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 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 (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.

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