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!

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First-year Students (freshmen) who will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the Fall of 2020 must participate in orientation. All first-year students are pre-registered for their first semester classes. Parent/Family Orientation programs will take place throughout the summer and will be advertised via email and social media.

June Virtual Orientation Program*

Our June Virtual Orientation Programs have concluded. To participate in summer orientation, first-year students should register to participate in a Summer Orientation Group.

Students should register to join a Summer Orientation Group. They can do so in Next Steps checklist located in the Undergraduate Portal. Based on the information provided through the registration form, students will be enrolled for their Fall 2020 courses by the Academic Advising team. Students will receive an email from Academic Advising regarding their Fall 2020 course schedule and how to connect with an advisor over the course of the summer. For more information on the advising and registration process for first-year students please visit

Through their Summer Orientation Groups, students will learn more about how they will learn how to prepare over the summer, how they will make new social connections and meet their Summer Orientation Ambassadors who are upper-division students who will remain in contact with students over the summer and host several virtual meet-ups!

Once registered with a Summer Orientation Group, students will be contacted by their Summer Orientation Ambassadors via email and phone call with more information on how to participate


*Students that have previously registered for a two-day overnight session in June were contacted by the Orientation, Transition & Family Engagement office via email to reschedule.

July and August On-Line Orientation

Weekly Summer Group Meetings will conclude the week of August 3rd.

Digital Orientation

Students will experience Digital Orientation where they will complete self-paced challenges and weekly modules, and learn about different resources. By completing these challenges, they will earn points, level-up and gain access to prizes and give-a-ways.

Virtual Orientation Experiences

Every week, students will have the opportunity to participate in signature events and New Owl Meet-Ups. Signature events may include trivia nights, watch parties, talent shows and so much more which will offer students a chance to meet each other and have fun! New Owl Meet-Ups will be smaller gatherings based on different themes based on student interests.

Summer Orientation Ambassadors

Summer Orientation Ambassadors will guide students all summer long. They will host weekly meetings, facilitate fun socials and serve as liaisons to the student sin their groups as they prepare for the fall semester.

New Owl Welcome

Days before classes begin, we will hold a spirited, informative and engaging two-day orientation program for all students!

The details of this will be announced in the coming weeks. The first day of classes is August 26th.

Resident student move-in information will be shared as soon as it is available.


Thank you and we are here! 

We ask that students, parents and families remain patient and flexible and please know that we are here to help answer questions, forge connections and find ways to make sure everyone is prepared to be successful.

The Orientation, Transition & Family Engagement Office remains open and available to answer questions about June Orientation for first-year students (freshmen), Parent & Family Orientation and TRANSFERmation (Transfer Student Orientation).Please continue to check the website, email, and social media for updates.


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How to Prepare for Orientation

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for Orientation for details on how to prepare. For more information about Orientation, please contact New Student and Sophomore Programs at or call (203) 392-5189 between 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

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.