First-Year Student Orientation

Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen) is designed to assist incoming students as they acclimate to college life at Southern, learn about academic advising and course registration, become familiar with the number of resources that support student success and meet their peers. .The summer orientation program is informative, helpful and full of Southern spirit! Orientation begins with summer/winter orientation sessions and New Owl Welcome (the days leading up to the first day of class)  and continues throughout the first year with extended orientation experiences,  varying programs and experiences, and through partnerships with the First-Year Experience Program.

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Winter 2022 Orientation Sessions for First-Year Students

The January 5th Orientation Program that was postponed from January 5th to January 12th from 10am to 2pm will now be held virtually. Students who registered for the session have received information with the virtual link and other important information.

Winter 2021/22

First-Year Student Orientation Programs

First-Year Student Orientation Sessions (Required)

All incoming first-year students are required to attend either a virtual or in-person orientation session prior to the start of the spring semester. This semester, we are offering first-year students an opportunity to attend both if they would like! Each program will help students prepare for their first semester. Attending both sessions will offer students a more in-depth and comprehensive experience. 

  1. Tuesday, December 14th, 2021, 10am- 12pm, Virtual (students who attend the virtual session will also be encouraged to attend the January 5th session).
  2. *Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 10am- 2pm, In-Person


Registration will be available prior to December 1st.

Digital Orientation (Asynchronous Platform)

Digital TRANSFERmation

All new students are enrolled in Digital Orientation n which can be accessed via Blackboard (MySCSU>Blackboard>Organizations>Digital Orientation). This asynchronous platform is specifically designed to complement the virtual and in-person programs. Through Digital Orientation, students can learn more about the resources and opportunities available to students. New students will be enrolled in segments once they have been registered for courses. Please contact Orientation, Transition and Family Engagement if you have yet to be added.

Fall 2022 Summer Orientation Sessions for First-Year Students

Information regarding orientation, advising and registration for the Spring 2022 will be announced by February 1st.  

Follow New Student Orientation!

Whether you are an avid “tweeter” or would just like to receive regular updates, please follow us! In addition to posting important information, we will be running contests and utilizing our page for fun activities!

Join the OFFICIAL SCSU Class of 2025 Facebook Group (! Please be aware of other Facebook groups that are NOT sponsored by Southern. This group is specifically designed for all of you! You’ll have to answer two membership questions to join but here is the hint, Southern’s mascot is the Owl and we are located in New Haven!


Twitter- @scsuorientation

Instagram- @scsu_orientation


Learn How to Access the Next Steps Portal

The Next Steps portal will allow you to register for orientation, apply for housing, and complete some of the necessary components to becoming a Southern Owl! Learn how.