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It Starts Here

This is where your journey begins. Our program will give you the tools you’ll need to hit the ground running!

First-Year Freshman Orientation

We’ve designed our program to help you get to know your new classmates and to allow you to learn about SUNY Plattsburgh and being a member of Cardinal Country.

Register for First-Year Freshman Orientation

Online Registration Begins 6/1/18.

How to Register

  1. Log into my.plattsburgh.edu
    1. Click on the Admissions Tab
    2. Click on "Register for Orientation" link
    3. Confirm or change your Orientation session
    4. Fill out Registration Form
  2. Complete your registration by clicking SUBMIT
  3. Complete the Introduction to Academic Life at SUNY Plattsburgh beginning on June 15, 2018. Questions about this on-line resource? Email [email protected]
  4. Take the online Placement Exams as applicable. Questions about Placement Exams should be directed to Dr. Ed Miller at [email protected]


Failure to complete the Introduction to Academic Life and Placement Exams prior to your Orientation session could result in not being able to register for your classes!

Students and guests must register for a session 3 business days prior to the program start date. Students attempting to register for a program after this time may not have a course schedule ready at the start of Orientation.

2018 Freshman Orientation Dates

We will assign freshman students to sessions based on their month of birth. This is subject to change if deemed necessary.

If the session to which you are assigned does not work for you and your family, you can switch sessions based on availability when you register for your session. Online registration for Orientation begins June 1, 2018.

No changes will be made prior to June 1, 2018 and you will have the ability to change your session when you go online to register.

We expect to assign students to sessions as follows:

Orientation Session Assignment
Session ID Dates Month of Birth
Session 1 Sunday, July 8 – Monday, July 9 January/February
Session 2 Tuesday, July 10 – Wednesday, July 11 March/April
Session 3 Thursday, July 12 – Friday, July 13 May/June
Session 4 Sunday, July 15 – Monday, July 16 July/August
Session 5 Tuesday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 18 September/October
Session 6 Thursday, July 19 – Friday, July 20 November/December

Check-in for students and family members begins at 2-4 p.m. in Moffitt Hall the day your session starts. Sessions will end b 2 p.m. on the following day.


  • Freshman Orientation Student Schedule

    Summer 2018

    Day 1
    Time Description
    2 – 4 p.m. Check- In. Location: Moffitt Hall. Unpack, get settled and meet classmates.
    4 - 4:30 p.m.

    Welcome to Cardinal Country. Join campus administrators from the College who will welcome you to SUNY Plattsburgh and to the New Student Orientation experience.

    4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Meet Your Floor. Meet your orientation leader and learn what to expect from your orientation experience.
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
    6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

    Getting Involved on Campus. College students spend approximately 45 hours per week on academic work. What should you do with the rest of your time? This session will teach you about ways to get involved outside the classroom and how this involvement can lead to your long-term success.

    8 – 9:30 p.m. Developing Relationships. Spend time getting to know your fellow classmates and talking about your goals for your years at SUNY Plattsburgh.
    Day 2
    Time Description
    7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
    8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

    Beginning a Dialogue on Diversity. This conversation will be an introduction to exploring diversity within our campus community.

    10 – 11 a.m. Exploring Your Hopes and Fears. College faculty and staff members, along with orientation leaders, will lead you in an activity and conversation to help you address your concerns and develop your goals as an incoming college student.
    11:15 –12:00 p.m.

    Acing Academics & Rocking Registration. Staff from Academic Advising will review everything you ever needed to know about preparing for your college learning experience including transitional issues, academic information and understanding what happens during course advisement and registration.

    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

    Advisement. College faculty members will be on hand to help you choose which classes to take this fall.

    .12:30 – 1:30 p.m Information Marketplace
    12:30 – 2 p.m. Course Registration
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