Freshman Orientation

Getting to Know D'Youville!

You can look forward to many exciting challenges and opportunities as you begin your D'Youville college career. To help smooth the transition, we arrange summer orientation sessions, usually in July, to help you prepare for the fall semester.

If you're feeling a little anxious about your first days and weeks on campus, it's perfectly natural. At orientation, you'll be matched with a college mentor, who's a member of the D'Youville community (student, faculty and staff). They are someone who you can turn to with any kind of question. They'll serve as a resource for you throughout your first semester and even beyond. We also sponsor plenty of activities throughout the year to connect you with other students.

What Happens at Freshman Orientation?

Freshmen Orientation is a ' mandatory ' two-night, two-day program. You arrive prior to 5 p.m. on the first evening and you are finished usually by 2 p.m. on the last day. Here's what you can expect:

  • Take a Skills Assessment Inventory to help identify needed coursework.
  • Meet with your advisor who will help you plan your fall course schedule.
  • Register for classes and leave with a printed schedule.
  • Meet D'Youville students involved in clubs and organizations. Sign up for a couple!
  • Get to know a friendly face on the DYC campus (student, faculty and staff). He or she will become your mentor.
  • Update your housing interest form – you might even meet your future roommate!
  • Have fun staying overnight with other new students in a residence hall.
  • Have fun getting to know the rest of your class!

Upcoming Freshmen 2015 Orientation Dates

  • June 28-June 30
    Check-in anytime from 4pm-5:45pm
    Program begins promptly at 6pm
  • July 8-10
    Check-in anytime from 4pm-5:45pm
    Program begins promptly at 6pm
  • July 12-14
    Check-in anytime from 4pm-5:45pm
    Program begins promptly at 6pm

How to Register

Admitted students receive invitations via e-mail and print mail to attend New Student Orientation starting in mid-late April. This invitation will have all the information you'll need to know on how to register for your orientation session. 


Contact the Connections Office, your information and resource center. We also coordinate student orientations, the D'Youville Freshman Experience and the Freshmen Mentor Program.

Phone (716) 829-7766 or email

Contact Us

Connections Office
Jeffrey Platt, Associate VP, Student Affairs
Campus location: BFAC 101
Office Hours Mon-Thurs., 8:30 AM to 7 PM; Fri., 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: (716) 829-7766


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