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Frequently Asked Questions for Orientation 2019



1. Is orientation mandatory?
Yes, it is mandatory for all first-year  students who will be attending Southern full-time to attend an orientation session. The SCSU orientation program is designed to help you feel comfortable and confident on our campus when you begin classes. Orientation is a vital part of transitioning into college life, and those who do not attend are at a great disadvantage when the academic year begins.

2. Why is orientation important?
The primary goals of orientation are to provide you with academic advising, curricular degree requirement information, and your course schedule, and to orient you to your new life at SCSU. You'll learn about the philosophy of higher education, and we'll offer workshops to introduce you to resources that may help you to explore future academic and professional choices. We will also provide information on academic policies, expectations, and procedures so that you understand your options as a student at the university. Orientation also includes social activities, informal discussions, and other opportunities to help you make friends and to familiarize you with SCSU.

3.Do I have to stay overnight during orientation?
Yes! Each student has the opportunity to have a residential experience during orientation. This is also incredibly helpful as the mandatory sessions do not conclude until 9pm, the social activities run until 11pm and the next day begins at 8am.  The connection students make  will be vital during your first year at SCSU.

4.How do I place a reservation for a New Student Orientation Session?
You can place a reservation by visiting Next Steps in the Southern Admissions Portal

5. Is there a special orientation for student-athletes?
No, student athletes may place a reservation for any one of the six two-day orientation sessions that take place over the summer.

6. What should I do when I arrive on campus for orientation?
All student should park in either the Wintergreen Parking Garage or the West Campus Parking Garage. Use 160 Wintergreen Ave. New Haven, CT 06515 for directions. Students should go directly to West Campus Residence Hall Complex by 7:45am to receive their room assignments. 

7. What do I do if I need accommodations for my disability during orientation?
If you have a disability and require accommodations for orientation or your classes in the fall, contact Southern's Disability Resource Center by phone at (203) 392-6828 or (203) 392-6131 TTY, or by email at: .

8. If I am a non-traditional/adult student do I still have to attend orientation?
We welcome all first-time full-time non-traditional/adult students to join us for a two-day orientation session, or you may join us for our condensed one-day session appropriate for non-traditional students which will be announced in the near future. 

9. If I am a transfer student, how do I register for classes and attend orientation?
Visit the transfer student orientation website by clicking here for more information. 

10. Can I be in the same group as my friend during orientation?
Students are assigned to groups randomly. We do not allow students to request group changes. You can plan to meet up with your friends after the mandatory activities to enjoy the night-time entertainment.

11. Will I be able to purchase my books during orientation?
There will be time during orientation for students to purchase their books. To purchase textbooks, be sure to bring checks, cash, or a credit card. Books can also be ordered online from the SCSU Barnes & Noble Web site.

12. When do classes begin?
Classes begin on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019.

13. Where do I get my Hoot Loot card?
You will receive your Hoot Loot card during orientation.

14. How do I get a parking decal?
Commuter students will register for and receive parking decals during their orientation session. Residential students will register for a parking decal at the beginning of the fall semester.

15. Can my friend/ family member stay with me during orientation?
There will be a Parent/Family Orientation on the first day of each orientation session for the important people in your life. Friends and family members will not be able to join you for the student segment of orientation.

16. What is New Owl Weekend? New Owl Weekend is the next step in your journey to becoming a new student at Southern. ALL new students are required to attend the programs held during New Owl Weekend. 

17. Can I request a roommate during orientation?
Rooms will be assigned the morning of check-in at West Campus Residence Complex. Students who would like to room together should plan to arrive early.

18. What should I bring to orientation?
All students will be provided with a bag to carry orientation materials, pens, and notepaper to take notes. Students should pack casual and comfortable clothes, a sweatshirt for cool evenings and air-conditioned buildings, rain gear in case of inclement weather, a very comfortable pair of walking shoes, an open mind, warm smile and Southern spirit! Students who are staying overnight should also bring an alarm clock, sheets, blanket, pillow, towel and personal toiletries.