New Student Orientation Information & FAQ's


Why should I attend Orientation?

How long is the program?

What will the student program contain?

Is there a parents program?

What is the parent program schedule?

Is it possible for me to only attend one day?

What are the fee's 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 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 SUNY 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 13th, 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 full two-day program.  The program begins at 9:00 a.m. on day one and ends at 4:00 p.m. on day two.


Student Program Information

First Day:

Program and residence hall registration for first-year students will take place from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Following registration and continental breakfast, you will hear remarks from our President and be introduced to our Orientation Staff.

Immediately following the opening session you will meet with your Student Orientation Leader in order to review the program which will include, in part: presentations on academic requirements and policies, information on financial aid and billing, and general advisement. The first day will include a buffet dinner and an evening of entertainment.

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 8:00 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 8:00 a.m. on the first day and lasting through 4:00 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.


Parents Program Information (optional Program)

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 Parent 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 14) 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, parents 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. 

Parents participating in the optional Parent Orientation Program should register with their student between 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Following registration and refreshments, you will hear remarks from our President and be introduced to our Orientation Staff. Parents will then participate in a completely separate, specially-designed orientation program.

We hope you will be able to accompany your son/daughter to Fredonia for the full, two-day optional Parent 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 parent's program may register online with their student starting April 15.  There is a parent registration section included in the First-Year Orientation Summer Registration Form.  Parents may also choose to requests on-campus housing for the session if preferred.


Parent’s Program, By Day

First Day (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

  • 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, including academic support services available to students.
  • A review of services available on campus, including food service, banking, student employment opportunities, the bookstore, FREDcard Services, etc.
  • Information on financial aid and the billing process.

Second Day (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

  • Continuing discussion of the adjustments that occur for both parents and students when a son/daughter goes off to college.
  • Residence Life staff will introduce you to Fredonia’s resident life program.
  • Information on the University Heath Center’s services.
  • A student prospective on college life at Fredonia.
  • A wrap-up session which allows for any questions that may have been left unanswered.


Is it Possible for Me 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.
Each New Student = $140

Parent Orientation (Inclusive)
This fee includes the full program, meals, housing, entertainment and orientation materials.
1 Parent = $135
2 Parents = $185

Parent Orientation (Basic)
This includes the full program, entertainment, and orientation materials only. 
No meals or housing are included. Meals may be purchased a la carte upon arrival.
1 or 2 Parents = $40


How to Make a Reservation

Please click here to sign into Your Connection starting April 15. 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 Parent Orientation form; there is a "parents section" included in the student registration form.


Confirmation of Your Reservation

Once you have registered and paid 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 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 should be mailed directly to the Office of Student Accounts (envelope was provided with your Admissions acceptance packet) and NOT included with the orientation fee.
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 Parents

Each New Student will have the opportunity to get acquainted with residence hall life. Parents 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 parents who selected the housing option will be staying in Kasling Hall.  

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
Days Inn   (716) 673-1351   Route 60, Fredonia
The Dunkirk/Fredonia Inn    (716) 366-7100 3912 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk
The White Inn (716) 672-2103 52 East Main St. Fredonia
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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