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Orientation

We’re looking forward to helping you get settled at ESF through a variety of events and sessions. Orientation week is designed to help new students:

  • Meet your classmates and peers
  • Be welcomed by ESF’s faculty, staff, and administration
  • Meet with your advisor and finalize your schedule
  • Learn about resources available to you
  • Understand ESF values and student expectations
  • Find out how to make the semester a success
  • Explore the city of Syracuse

New Student Orientation | Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Saturday, Aug. 25

Transfer Orientation | Friday, Aug. 24

International Student Orientation | Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Friday, Aug. 17

Online Student Orientation | Blackboard modules open Aug. 13

Schedule is being updated - 2023 schedule for reference below.

First Year Orientation Schedule

 

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

 

Taking Care of Business
Visit offices on campus

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Triples Move-In
Centennial Hall

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

New Student Dinner
Dinner at Ernie Davis Dining Hall

6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

 

Triples Programming and Games
Centennial Hall

8:00 p.m.

 

Ice Cream Truck and Games
Meet and greet ice cream social with Resident Assistants (RA) and Orientation Leaders (OL)!

 

 

8:00 a.m.  - 9:00 a.m.

 

Breakfast
Gateway Center

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

Move-In (All Room Types)
Centennial Hall

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

Lunch
Baker Lab Lobby
Grab lunch and go to the New Student and Parent/Family Info sessions in 146 Baker to get your questions answered.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

*New Student and Family Welcome
Hendricks Chapel

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

*Parent and Family Welcome with the Dean
Hendricks Chapel
(Students return to the ESF Quad with their OL Small Groups)

5:15 p.m.

 

Family Departure and Photos
Quad

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

New Student Dinner
Gateway Center

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

*Centennial Hall Floor Meetings (Residents Only)
Centennial Hall
Meet with your RA and floor mates about Centennial Hall expectations and tips for campus living. This meeting is mandatory.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 

ESF After Dark - Movie and Crafts
Quad

8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 

Syracuse University Y2K Party
Shaw Quadrangle

 

 

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

 

Breakfast
Sadler Dining Hall

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

*Review of Orientation Expectations
Gateway Center

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

 

*Dean's Welcome Address
Gateway Center
Join Executive Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students, Anne Lombard Ph.D., for a special welcome to campus.

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

*Academic Success at ESF
Gateway Center
ESF is academically rigorous, but there are plenty of support resources available. Learn about all the ways to enhance your success at ESF through tutoring, coaching, office hours, and executive function workshops.

10:30 a.m. -  11:30 a.m.

 

*Registration Tutorial with Registrar's Office
Learn how to navigate the registration process so you feel confident at your departmental meeting and can make schedule adjustments.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Lunch with OL Small Groups
Sadler Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

*Academic Department Meetings
Obtain information specific to your program of study. You must meet with your curriculum coordinator before you can complete your academic registration.
Bring Your Laptops.

  • Chemical Engineering: 211 Walters Hall
  • Chemistry: 309 Baker Lab
  • Environmental Biology: 5 Illick Hall
  • Environmental Resources Engineering: 408 Baker Lab
  • Environmental Science: 146 Baker Lab
  • Environmental Studies: 107 Marshall Hall
  • Landscape Architecture: 404 Marshall Hall
  • Sustainable Resources Management: 321 Bray Hall
  • Undeclared: Attend the Department meeting you are most interested in then go to 309 Baker Lab

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

*Schedule Adjustments with your Academic Advisor (if needed)
Baker Lab Computer Clusters and Rooms 309, 310, and 314
Bring your laptops or use one of the lab computers to adjust your schedule and purchase textbooks, if needed. OLs will be available to help you.
Environmental Biology will meet in 309 Baker lab

  • Last Name A-m 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Last Name N-Z 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

*Small Group Meeting (ESF and SU Tour)
Quad

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

*Dinner on your own
Sadler Dining Hall

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Mandatory Student-Athlete Training
Location will be emailed

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

 

Silent Disco Black-Light Dance Party
Gateway Center
Come to the Gateway Center for a Silent Disco Dance Party! Every student will be provided their own headset and will be able to dance, meet new people, and participate in fun crafts!

 

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 

Breakfast
Sadler Dining Hall

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 

*Safety at ESF with University Police
Gateway Center

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

 

*Title IX Information
Gateway Center

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 

*Diversity and Inclusion at ESF
Gateway Center

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

*Small Group Meetings and Lunch 
Sadler Dining Hall

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

*Health & Wellness at ESF
Gateway Center
ESF Counseling Center

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

*Sustainability at ESF
Gateway Center

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Quad Games and Recycling Relay Race

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Dinner on Your Own
Ernie Davis Dining Hall

8:00 p.m. - midnight

 

Barnes Kickoff
Barnes Center at The Arch
Enjoy late-night access and experience disco roller skating, the climbing wall, esports, curling, zen gardens, mindspa, drive-in movies and more! Optional for new students only, bring your ESF ID.

 

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 

Breakfast
Sadler Dining Hall

9:30 a.m. - Noon

 

Taking Care of Business
Visit offices on campus

Noon - 2:00 p.m.

 

*Lunch with OL Small Groups
Gateway Center

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

 

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Gateway Center

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

*New Student Convocation
Gateway Center
Together with all new students, faculty, and staff, we will make the launch of your academic career at ESF. Convocation will feature ESF President Joanie Mahoney, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, Student Affairs Offices and Dean of Students Dr. Anne Lombard, Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Samuel Mukasa, MOSA President Silas Cochran, and many esteemed ESF faculty and student leaders.
Procession to the Quad for ESF New and Transfer Student Photo will commence after the ceremony.

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

 

New Student Photo
Quad

5:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Food Truck Rally
Quad
*Not included in meal plan, must purchase food independently with cash/card.

9:00 p.m. - midnight 

 

SU Event: Orange Blast
Shaw Quadrangle
Come to the SU Quad to enjoy inflatable games, obstacle courses, a dance party, and snacks.

 

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 

Breakfast
Sadler Dining Hall

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 

Saturday of Service T-Shirt Give Away
Meet in Gateway with OL small groups

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

*Saturday of Service (SOS)
Meet in Gateway then disperse to buses. Participate in local beautification and cleanup projects, and get acquainted with our local parks. All new students will attend with their OL groups. Bring a filled water bottle, wear comfortable clothing (you will be able to change into your new ESF T-shirt), and closed-toed/hard-soled shoes.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free Time

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Citrus in the City in Downtown Syracuse
Buses leave from College Place Bus Stop and Stadium Place Bus Stop beginning at 5 p.m. and will return to campus at the JMA Wireless Dome. 
A favorite each year, Citrus in the City takes place in downtown Syracuse. Several local restaurants provide samples throughout the night as we introduce you to the city of Syracuse. Several student performances occur throughout the night before the final pep rally.

 

*Denotes a mandatory event where attendance will be recorded

Transfer Orientation Schedule

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 

Orientation Check-in and Breakfast
Gateway Center

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

 

*Dean's Welcome Address
Gateway Center
Join Executive Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students, Anne Lombard Ph.D., for a special welcome to campus.

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

*Academic Success at ESF
Gateway Center
ESF is academically rigorous, but there are plenty of support resources available. Learn about all the ways to enhance your success at ESF through tutoring, coaching, office hours, and executive function workshops.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 

*Registration Tutorial with Registrar's Office
Learn how to navigate the registration process so you feel confident at your departmental meeting and can make schedule adjustments.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Lunch with OL Small Groups and Tour

 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

*Academic Department Meetings
Obtain information specific to your program of study. You must meet with your curriculum coordinator or advisor before you can complete your registration. 
Bring Your Laptops

  • Chemical Engineering: 211 Walters Hall
  • Chemistry: 309 Baker Lab
  • Environmental Biology: 5 Illick Hall
  • Environmental Resources Engineering: 408 Baker Lab
  • Environmental Science: 146 Baker Lab
  • Environmental Studies: 107 Marshall Hall
  • Landscape Architecture: 404 Marshall Hall
  • Sustainable Resources Management: 321 Bray Hall
  • Undeclared: Attend the Department meeting you are most interested in, then go to 309 Baker Lab

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

*Schedule Adjustments with Your Academic Advisor (if needed)
Baker Lab Computer Clusters and Rooms 309, 310, and 314
Bring Your Laptops
Computers are available for you to adjust your schedule and purchase textbooks, if needed. OLs will be available to help you.
Environmental Biology will meet in 309 Baker Lab

  • Last Name A-M 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Last Name N-Z 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*New Student Convocation
Gateway Center
Together with all new students, faculty, and staff, we will make the launch of your academic career at ESF. Convocation will feature ESF President Joanie Mahoney, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, Student Affairs Offices and Dean of Students Dr. Anne Lombard, Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Samuel Mukasa, MOSA President Silas Cochran, and many esteemed ESF faculty and student leaders.
Procession to the Quad for ESF New and Transfer Student Photo will commence after the ceremony.

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

 

New Student Photo
Quad

5:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Food Truck Rally
Quad
*Not included in meal plan, must purchase food independently with cash/card. 

9:00 p.m. - midnight

 

SU Event: Orange Blast
Shaw Quadrangle
Come to the SU Quad to enjoy inflatable games, obstacle courses, a dance party, and snacks.

 

 

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 

Saturday of Service T-Shirt Give Away
Meet in Gateway with OL small groups

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

*Saturday of Service (SOS)
Meet in Gateway then disperse to buses. Participate in local beautification and cleanup projects, and get acquainted with our local parks. All new students will attend with their OL groups. Bring a filled water bottle, wear comfortable clothing (you will be able to change into your new ESF T-shirt), and closed-toed/hard-soled shoes.

2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m

Free Time

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

 

Citrus in the City in Downtown Syracuse
Buses leave from College Place Bus Stop and Stadium Place Bus Stop beginning at 5 p.m.

 

*Denotes a mandatory event where attendance will be recorded