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Incoming Students

New Student Orientation

At Orientation, you will see, learn and do everything you will need before the first day of classes!

Complete Orientation participation is required for all new students. Orientation sessions always occur on weekdays because the offices, faculty/staff members, academic advisors and other programs, resources and services required to assist students and family members with their college transition are not available on the weekends.

“Before Orientation I was a little nervous but now I feel right at home with everyone and I can't wait to come back!” – SCCC Student

What will happen during Orientation?

At Orientation, faculty, academic advisors, professional staff and Student College ambassadors are excited to meet and guide you and your group throughout the program. During this time, you will:

  • attend a number of information sessions covering academic requirements, the academic and social environment on campus, and what it takes to be successful at SCCC, both academically and personally
  • receive your student ID card*
  • meet and get to know your classmates
  • apply for a SCCC Parking Pass*

*Depending on the date of which you attend New Student Orientation, you may not be able to complete these steps You will receive notification via your SCCC e-mail when these services are available.

Can I bring a friend to Orientation?

Yes, you may bring a friend or family member with you to New Student Orientation.

Is there a Parent Orientation program?

Parents and family may opt to attend a parent orientation that is scheduled concurrently and separately* from the student program. Parent Orientation is held during every student program. Please note that parents may also attend the student orientation program however we recommend that parents attend the workshops and programs we have planned for them during the Orientation Session.

What overnight options are available?

Information about staying on or off campus in Schenectady and areas surrounding our campus can be found at our Overnight Options page.

If I am living at College Suites, when can I move in?

Please contact College Suites at Washington Square directly at 518-579-5115 to inquire about the date that you will be allowed to move into your apartment.



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* Services available through other departments on-campus.

Clubs and Organizations,   * Learning Center,   * Math Lab,   Non-Traditional Students,   Returning Adult Students,   Off-Campus Housing,   Student Activities,   Student Code of Conduct,   Student Notification,   * Tutor Services,   * TRIO Program

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             If you can dream it, you can make it so."
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