Frequently Asked Questions for Orientation

  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. Students will be required to participate in June Virtual Orientation Programs. We strongly encourage students to participate in as many July and August On-Line Orientation programs as possible understanding that we will be offering SO MANY opportunities that it won’t be possible to do it all! Students who are not able to participate in June Virtual Programs should contact the New Student and Sophomore Programs Office via email at

    TRANSFERmation (official orientation for transfer students) is not required. However, transfer students are strongly encouraged to participate.

  2. How will I register for my Fall 2020 Courses?

    First-Year Students are registered for their Fall 2020 by the Academic Advising team based on the information provided in the orientation registration form in addition to test scores and transcripts provided. For more information on the advising and registration process for first-year students please visit

    Transfer students will schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. For more information, visit

  3. How will I receive my Fall 2020 Course schedule?

    First-Year Students must register for orientation. By doing so, they will be registered by the Academic Advising team for their fall 2020 courses and will receive an email regarding how to access their course schedule and information on how to connect with an advisor over the course of the summer.

    Transfer students will be able to access their schedules once they have registered.

  4. Why is orientation important?

    This year, the orientation programs will be more important than ever! In June, students will receive an overview of the summer, all orientation programs, engagements, and activities. For those that didn’t participate in a June Virtual Program, they should register to join a Summer Orientation Group (still through Next Steps).  They will meet their Summer Orientation Ambassadors who will be facilitating regular meetings and sessions throughout the summer as well as serve as a valuable resource. Additionally, we will host several opportunities for students to connect virtually!

    Transfer students will have an opportunity to meet Summer Orientation Ambassadors and Transfer Student Assistants who will also serve as resources throughout the summer.

  5. How do I place a reservation for a New Student Orientation Session?

    You can place a reservation for a June Virtual Orientation Program or, after June, to join a Summer Orientation Group by visiting Next Steps in the Southern Admissions Portal

  6. 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.

  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 all summer orientation activities. All summer orientation activities will be adapted to support our non-traditional/adult learners.

  9. Can be in the same group as my friend during orientation?

    Students are welcome to register for the same day and time but they will be assigned to groups at random. We do not allow students to request group changes.

  10. When do classes begin?

    Classes begin on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020.

  11. Where do I get my Hoot Loot card?

    Students will receive an email from the University Card Office with instructions on how they can upload their pictures and receive an official Student ID.

  12. How do I get a parking decal?

    This is yet to be determined as of August 1st.

  13. What is New Owl Welcome? 

    New Owl Welcome is the next step in your journey to becoming a new student at Southern. ALL first-year students are required to attend the programs held during New Owl Welcome which will be held on Monday, August 24th and Tuesday, August 25th from 9am to 5pm with optional social activities in the evening. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend.

  14. How do I apply for Housing?

    Visit the Housing tab in the Next Steps Checklist located in the Undergraduate Admissions Portal!

  15. Will classes be online in the Fall?

    Please visit for the most up-to-date information regarding fall 2020 classes.