New Student Orientation Information & FAQ's

Why should I attend Summer Orientation?

How long is the program?

What will the student program contain?

Is there a family or parent program?

What is the family program schedule?

Is it possible for me to only attend one day?

What are the fees for Orientation?

How do I make a reservation?

How do I confirm a reservation?

What are the required admission/housing deposits?

Orientation Housing Information for Students and Parents

What will be provided in the Residence Halls?

Are the Residence Halls air conditioned?

What are some of the Off-Campus Lodging options?


Why should I attend Summer Orientation?

You should come to orientation because the summer program is designed to provide each student (and their families) with the tools and information necessary to a successful transition to academic and residential life at Fredonia. We understand that going to college is a huge change in a student's life which ignites both curiosity and anxiety. Our goal is to expose you to the key information you need to start your career off on the right foot with plenty of time for preparation before classes actually begin. During the two day program students will:

  • Finalize their fall academic schedule with a specially-trained academic advisor. (After June 15, a tentative schedule will be available for each student to preview on Your Connection.);
  • Prepare for living on campus by selecting a meal plan, getting a photo id, staying overnight in a residence hall;
  • Become familiar with campus support services and learning tools;
  • Learn about general education requirements for all students, components specific to a selected major or what opportunities are available to explore a potential major;
  • Meet current students who will share information about their personal experiences at Fredonia and answer questions about extra curricular opportunities available.


How long is the program?

Each New Student Orientation Session is a two-day program. The orientation programs will officially begin at 4:00 p.m. on day one and ends at 4:30 p.m. on day two.   Check in is available between 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

There are a few special interest opportunities taking place special prior to orientation beginning on day one starting at 2:00 p.m.:

  • Financial Aid Workshop.   All students and parents are welcome to attend at 2:00 p.m. This presentation is very helpful for those who have questions about or are unfamiliar with the student loan and scholarship process, specifically addressing things like the FASFA, TAP and PELL grants, Stafford Loans, and Fredonia's Student Award Letter. Those interested in attending may register online through the summer orientation registration link in Your Connection.
  • Full Opportunity Program (FOP).   Students new to the FOP program for fall 2017 are asked to attend a workshop from 2:30 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. that will explain what FOP is and all the resources and supports available to those involved in the program.  FOP Students and parents/guardians will receive an invite to attend.
  • Music Theory Testing.  Those music majors who were unable to take the Music Theory Exam during auditions or those who would like to retake it are asked to do so at starting at 2:30 p.m.
  • Campus Tours.  Starting at 2:00 p.m. for those who have not been able to visit campus priviously, tours will be provided until 3:30 p.m.


Student Program Information

First Day:

Program and residence hall check in for first-year students will take place from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (A dinner buffet will be offered at that time as well.) Following check-in you will hear remarks from Fredonia's student orientation leaders and greetings from President, Dr. Virginia Horvath.  Workshops will be held by the following departments: Academic Affairs, Student Accounts, and the Faculty Student Association.

Immediately following the opening sessions you will meet with your Student Orientation Leader to review the program in detail and get to know other first-year students in your group. The first day will conclude with several activities to help you get familiar with campus, meet new people, and just have fun.

Second Day:

You will be part of a small group participating in a series of workshops and information sessions designed to assist you with planning for the fall semester and your adjustment to college life starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. During this time, you will finalize your course selections and receive your class schedule for the fall semester.

Please note: this is a full two-day program beginning at 4:00 p.m. on the first day and lasting through 4:30 p.m. on the second day. All steps of the orientation program are important and required in order to finalize your class schedule. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.


Parent/Guardian Program Information (optional)

We recognize and appreciate that you may have special concerns about your son or daughter’s college education. There may be problems, questions, and uncertainties which puzzle you. "How much will college cost?" "What will it be like for my son/daughter?" "How will it change him/her?" "To whom can he/she turn to when a problem arises?"

Our optional Family Orientation Program attempts to answer the questions and concerns most frequently expressed by parents of first-year students. During a variety of informal workshops, you will be able to discuss the changing parent-student relationship, residence hall life, financial aid, the advising process, and academic requirements, as well as a variety of other topics. We hope that parents and students will look at and discuss the tentative class schedule (available after June 15) on Your Connection prior to the orientation program. Students need all input and suggestions before sitting down with the specially-trained academic advisors to finalize their fall schedule.

During this two-day period, family guests will follow a separate and specially designed program just for them. A complete list of activities and locations will be provided upon your arrival. If your schedule permits, please plan to participate in the activities and evening entertainment with us.

Guests participating in the optional Family Orientation Program should register with their student between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Following check-in and a lite dinner buffet, you will hear remarks from our President and be introduced to our Orientation Staff. Families will then participate in a completely separate, specially-designed orientation program.

We hope you will be able to accompany your student to Fredonia for the full, two-day optional Family Orientation Program. However, we realize that a parent’s busy schedule may allow for participation in only one day of the program. To help choose which day would be most beneficial to you, the following is a list of topics covered each day in the next section.

Those interested in attending the family program should register online with their student starting April 15. There is a family guest registration section included in the First-Year Orientation Summer Registration Form. Family members may also choose to request on-campus housing for the session if preferred. Click here to see "How To" register.


Parent/Guardian Program, By Day

First Day (4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

  • SPECIAL PROGRAM: Financial Aid Workshop starting at 2:00 p.m. An in depth explanation of scholarship and loan process, plus opportunity to ask questions of the Financial Aid staff. Must pre-register online using the Summer Orientation Link in Your Connection. Families may reserve up to 2 seats for the session on the registration form.
  • Discussions of the many adjustments that occur for both parents and students when a son/daughter goes off to college.
  • Outline of academic programs and requirements, online tools available to students.
  • A review of services available on campus, including food service, banking, student employment opportunities, the bookstore, FREDcard Services, etc.
  • Information about the billing process.
  • Family Reception featuring special guests and favorite local treats.


Second Day (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

  • Discussion regarding safety concerns and conduct expectations on campus.
  • Residence Life staff will introduce you to Fredonia’s resident life program.
  • Information on the University's Heath and Counseling Center services.
  • A student prospective on college life at Fredonia.
  • Additional information about Academic Support Services.
  • A wrap-up session which allows for any questions that may have been left unanswered.


Is it Possible for A Student to Only Attend One Day?

No. In order for us to deliver the information required for you to make informed decision about the beginning of your college experience, students must attend the full program. No exceptions can be made.


Orientation Fees

Please review all available options and select the most appropriate for you and your family.

First-year Student Orientation
This fee includes the program, meals, housing, entertainment and orientation materials.
Students need not pay in advance for orientation, rather it will be reflected on their semester bill.
Each New Student = $150

Parent Orientation (Inclusive)
This fee includes the full program, meals, on campus housing, entertainment and orientation materials.
Parents must pay and register online in advance to attend.
1 Parent = $120
2 Parents = $185

Parent Orientation (Basic)
This includes the full program, meals, entertainment, and orientation materials only.
On campus housing is NOT included.
Parents must pay and register online in advance to attend.
1 Parent = $80
2 Parents = $110


How to Make a Reservation

Please click here to sign into Your Connection starting April 14. Once you have logged in, please click on Student Service, Financial Aid, Residence Life. Scroll down to the bottom and select Summer Orientation.

Each session is limited to a specific number of students to ensure personal attention for each student and each session is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: there is not a separate Family Orientation form; there is a "family member section" included in the student registration form.


Confirmation of Your Reservation

Once you have registered for your orientation session, you will be directed to a "Confirmation Page". If for unavoidable reasons it becomes necessary to cancel or change your reservation in any way, you can make changes by clicking the Make a Change link on the Confirmation Page. If you are unable to make changes once you click the link, call (716) 673-3276 or (716) 673-3271 for assistance. Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the student to make his or her own travel arrangements to Fredonia through airlines, bus companies, and/or travel agencies.

Please print a copy of the confirmation page and bring it with you to your orientation session.


Required Admission/Housing Deposit

Orientation reservations cannot be processed until your Admissions/Housing Deposit ($100; or $50 for those who do not require on-campus housing in the fall) is on file with the Office of Student Accounts. The Admission/Housing Deposit can be mailed directly to the Office of Student Accounts (envelope was provided with your Admissions acceptance packet) or processed online.
This Admission/Housing Deposit activates you in the university’s computer database and allows you to view your tentative schedule and finalize your fall class selection at Orientation.


Orientation Housing Information for New Student and Families

Each new student will have the opportunity to get acquainted with residence hall life. Family guests also have the chance to experience Fredonia’s residence hall living if housing is required during the program. Parents who participate without spouses are placed in single rooms (no roommate assigned). Parents and students are housed in separate residence halls. The residence halls used for orientation are not air-conditioned.

Female students will be staying in Nixon Hall, male students will be staying in Chautauqua Hall, and all Family guests who selected the housing option will be staying in Kasling Hall. (Please note: Fredonia is supportive of all students coming to our campus. Gender neutral housing is available during a students stay at orientation. Please contact Erin Mroczka, Director of First-Year and Transition Programs at 716-673-3271 to make arrangements in advance.)

For those who have long distances to travel to Fredonia, lodging is available the night before each orientation session; there is no extra charge for “Early Arrival”. If you require housing the evening after your session is over, an additional charge of $25.00 per person will be assessed for “Extra Night”. This fee is to be paid at the Residence Hall prior to departing campus at the conclusion of your program.


Residence Hall Accommodations

Each residence hall room will be supplied with sheets, pillow (w/cases), blankets and towels. You may wish to bring an alarm clock and a fan.


Are the Residence Halls air conditioned?

No. You may wish to bring a fan.


Off-Campus Lodging

Motels and Hotels in Fredonia area; local telephone numbers noted below:

Comfort Inn (716) 672-4450 3925 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk
The Dunkirk/Fredonia Inn (716) 366-7100 3912 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk
Clarion Hotel & Conference (716) 366-8350 30 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk
Brookside Manor Bed & Breakfast (800) 929-7599 3728 Route 83, Fredonia

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Orientation & In-Person Registration

First-Year and Transition Programs
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3271