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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First-year Students (freshmen) who will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the Spring of 2021 must participate in orientation in order to be pre-registered for their first semester classes. Parent/Family Orientation programs will take place throughout the winter and will be advertised via email and social media.

Winter Virtual Orientation Program

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

First-year Students 

Orientation, Transition & Family Engagement is excited to invite students to register for a Winter Virtual Orientation Session!

During the virtual orientation program, students will:

  • Meet their peers and begin to make social connections.
  • Learn how to prepare for the Spring 2021. 
  • Meet their Orientation Ambassadors.
  • Learn about valuable resources necessary for academic, personal and career success.
  • Begin to understand Southern technology that will be important throughout the Spring semester.
  • Meet other new first-year students, Orientation Ambassadors and individuals that will support you throughout your first semester and beyond. 

Spring 2021 Winter Virtual Orientation Program

Register for a ninety-minute orientation program by clicking a date and time below. Based on the information provided through the registration form, students will be enrolled for their spring 2021 courses by the Academic Advising team. Students will receive an email from Academic Advising regarding their spring 2021 course schedule and how to connect with an advisor.


During the Winter Virtual Orientation Program, students will learn more about how they will make new social connections and meet their Orientation Ambassadors who are upper-division students who will remain in contact with students until the semester begins. 


Students must register for an orientation to ensure that they will have a spring 2021 course schedule. Please be sure to read all of the information on this page as it is incredibly important to the orientation process. Register for an Orientation Session by visiting Next Steps in the Undergraduate Portal.


Session A, Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, 1pm- 3pm- Closed! 

Session B, Monday, December 21st, 2020, 5pm- 7pm

Session C, Monday, January 11th, 2021, 10am- 12pm

Session D, Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, 5pm- 7pm

Fall 2021 First-Year Student Orientation

Please check this website as well as Next Steps in the Undergraduate Portal after March 1st, 2021 for important information regarding orientation for the fall 2021 semester.

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.

Orientation, Transition & Family Engagement remains open and available to answer questions. 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 Orientation, Transition & Family Engagement 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.