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New Student Orientation

Orientation is a time where our University family comes together to welcome you to our community. Your participation is important in helping you embark on a successful experience at St. John’s.

With New Student Orientation, you will experience first-hand all that St. John’s has to offer and learn how to make the most of your time as a Johnny!

Get excited. Get connected. Get ready!

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Freshman Orientation

View an Orientation schedule and sign up for the Family Orientation.

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Transfer Orientation

Register for Transfer Orientation and view your orientation schedule.

Family Orientation

We hold a special orientation program designed just for parents and families.

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Family Weekend

This weekend is all about welcoming you to the St. John's family!

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International Orientation

International students have a special orientation program just for you.

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Graduate Orientation

Register for Graduate Orientation and view your orientation schedule.

Orientation Leaders and Coordinators

During New Student Orientation, your Orientation Leader will be your personal guide to St. John’s University. Take advantage by learning from their experiences.

The Orientation Leaders have been preparing for your arrival for months, and they are excited to meet you. Your Orientation Leaders are members of various clubs, programming boards, honor/academic societies, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Government Inc., and many other student organizations

Alexandra Crespo
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Thomaston
Fun fact: I love to hang at Monty's.
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Amaya Iverson
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Fun fact: I was the secretary of my dance team!
Amaya Iverson
Amy Marcheso
Year: Junior
Major: Advertising
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Pompton Lakes, NJ
Fun fact: I like to study at the DAC.
Amy Marcheso
Ann-Isabelle Eustache
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Port Jefferson
Fun fact: I love Monty's chicken tenders!
Anne-Isabelle Eustache
Aqueena Alexander
Year: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fun fact: My favorite place is the 24-hour quiet study rooms in St. Augustine.
Aqueena Alexander
Ashai Bey
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Harlem, NY
Fun fact: I got the opportunity to study abroad in Italy my first year in college.
Ashai Bey
Brianna Suffren
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Freeport, NY
Fun fact: My favorite building is St. Augustine.
Brianna Suffren
Carly Landry
Year: Junior
Major: Health and Human Servicess
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Norton, MA
Fun fact: My favorite place for coffee on campus is Einstein's.
Carly Landry
Christopher Lucik
Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Sciences
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Middle Village, NY
Fun fact: I am a member of the St. John's Pep Band.
Christopher Lucik
Deven Paul
Year: Junior
Major: Pharmacy
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Sunnyside, NY
Fun fact: My favorite place to eat is the Marillac cafe because it smells like chicken nuggets.
Deven Paul
Eric Weggeland
Year: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
College: Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Hometown: Holbrook, NY
Fun fact: My StormCard picture is from when I was 16.
Eric Weggeland
Esther Lee
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Brooklyn,NY
Fun fact: I love going on the fitness trail at St John's to clear my head and admire the campus.
Esther Lee
Faizah Sheikh
Year: Junior
Major: Pharmacy
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Jamaica, NY
Fun fact: My favorite place to hang out is DAC café.
Faizah Sheikh
Gauravi Tulsyan
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Sciences
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Queens, NY
Fun fact: St Alberts Hall has all the labs.
Gauravi Tulyan
Ignacio Prieto
Year: Junior
Major: Business Analytics
College: Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Fun fact: I am an International Student Mentor for Project AIM.
Ignacio Prieto
Jocelyn Holmes
Year: Junior
Major: Chemistry
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Springfield, IL
Fun fact: I came to St. John's because my mom is originally from Queens.
Jocelyn Holmes
Jonathan Wilds
Year: Junior
Major: Communication Arts
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Hempstead, NY
Fun fact: My favorite spot on campus is the 4th floor in DAC with the view of NYC.
Jonathan Wilds
Julia Mantione
Year: Senior
Major: English
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Queens, NY
Fun fact: I took a Harry Potter and literary theory class
Julia Mantione
Kayla Valentin
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Glendale, NY
Fun fact: I am a French minor.
Kayla Valentin
Kiori Cruz
Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA
Fun fact: The great lawn is my escape.
Kiori Cruz
Krystal Aguinaga
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Wantagh, NY
Fun fact: The coffee from Starbucks in DAC keeps me going.
Krystal Aguinaga
Mandy Zheng
Year: Senior
Major: Pharmacy
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Queens, NY
Fun fact: My favorite building is St. Augustine.
Mandy Zhang
Melissa Abrams
Year: Junior
Major: Television Film Studies
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Fun fact: I love being in the TV studio.
Melissa Abrams
Michael De Risi
Year: Senior
Major: Adolescent Education / Math
College: School of Education
Hometown: Hempstead, NY
Fun fact: I am the president of the National Theatre Honor Society.
Michael DeRisi
Nusrat Tabassum
Year: Junior
Major: Pharmacy
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Elmhurst, NY
Fun fact: I always get a grilled cheese from Freshens.
Nusrat Tabassum
Patricia Fawcett
Year: Senior
Major: English
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Queens, NY
Fun fact: I switched my major from Biology to English.
Patricia Fawcett
Rand Ayoub
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Woodhaven, NY
Fun fact: My favorite spot is the tables in front of the Undergrad Admissions Office.
Rand Ayoub
Rilei Johnson
Year: Senior
Major: Environmental Science
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: DC
Fun fact: My favorite spot on campus in the diner.
Rilei Johnson
Shamar Roberts
Year: Senior
Major: Information Technology
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Fun fact: I am a member of the St. John's Pep Band.
Shamar Roberts
Sofia Ortega
Year: Junior
Major: Business
College: Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Hometown: Middle Village, NY
Fun fact: I'm a business major that has never had class in Tobin.
Sofia Ortega
Tahira Hasan
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: East Elmhurst, NY
Fun fact: I love to sit and study by the fountains.
Tahira Hasan
Zara Marsh
Year: Junior
Major: Toxicology
College: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Fun fact: I think the Law School has the best food.
Zara Marsh
Hajarah Dar
Year: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice and Philosophy
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Bethpage, NY
Fun fact: I am president of the Student Ambassadors Program
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Lianna Fernandez
Year: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Bellerose. NY
Fun fact: I have a concentration in Forensic Psychology
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Ryan Pugh
Year: Senior
Major: History
College: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Massaapequa Park, NY
Fun fact: I will be attending St. John's Law in the Fall
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Sydney DiStefano
Year: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice and Psychology
College: Collins College of Professional Studies
Hometown: Queens, NY
Fun fact: I am apart of the criminal justice association.
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Alexandra Baratta
Year: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
College: School of Business

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Alyssa Vecchione
Year: Junior
Major: Speech-Language Pathology
College: St. John's College

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Angela Randazzo
Year:? Junior
Major: Marketing
College: Tobin School of Business
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Hanya Abdalla
Year: Junior
Major: Finance
College: Tobin Collee of Business
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Jacqueline Gelso
Year: Junior
Major:? Legal Studies and Criminal Justice
College:? College of Professional Studies
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Marco D' Ambrosi
Year: Junior
Major: Actuarial Science
College:? Tobin College of Business

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Pierson Wang
Year: Sophomore
Major: Homeland Security
College: College of Professional Studies

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Roger Guevara
Year: Junior
Major: Communications
College: College of Professional Studies

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Frequently asked questions

We are here to answer your questions! If you have any questions that are still not answered, please feel free to contact the Orientation office at 718-990-5353.

What happens at orientation?

During Orientation students have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the academic environment, the support services and important locations on campus. You will also be able to learn about the St. John's experience from Orientation Leaders.

Where can I find a schedule of orientation?

A full schedule of events will be given to students at the start of the in person program on your Orientation Connection day.?

Is orientation mandatory for students?

Yes. New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new incoming students. If there are unavoidable circumstances please contact the orientation office at?[email protected]?or 718-990-5353.

Do I have to pay a fee for orientation?

No, orientation is free for students and parents to attend.

How do I register for orientation?

Everyone will receive an email with instructions on how to register online for orientation. You can also click on the ‘Register for Orientation’ link on?stjohns.edu/orientation. If you are having difficulty registering please contact our office at?[email protected]?or 718-990-5353.

What are the dates for orientation?

Freshman Orientation (Queens)

  • Session 1: June 16
  • Session 2: June 17
  • Session 3: June 23
  • Session 4: June 24
  • Session 5: June 30
  • Session 6: July 7
  • Session 7: July 8
  • Session 8: July 21
  • Session 9: July 22
  • Session 10: July 28
  • Session 11: July 29
  • Session 12: August 4
  • Session 13: August 5
  • Session 14: August 10 *Transfer students welcome
  • Session 15: August 11

Freshman Orientation (Staten Island)

  • August 24
  • August 25
  • August 26
  • August? 27

International Orientation

  • August 24-27

Graduate Student Orientation

  • August 30

Can I sign up for any orientation date?

Yes. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students are not eligible for July 21 and July 22.

Can I change my orientation date??

Yes, contact our office at?[email protected]?or 718-990-5353.

What time does orientation start/end?

Check-in for orientation will be either 9:00am or 9:30am depending on your group assignment.

What is an Orientation Leader (OL)?

An?Orientation Leader?is a St. John's student who embodies the values of St. John's University and is chosen to assist incoming students with their transition to college, Orientation Leaders are involved in a variety of activities at St. John's and are here to answer your questions from the student perspective.

When do I get my class schedule?

The?University Freshman Center?creates all schedules for first-semester freshmen, which once complete can be viewed in the University information system (UIS). International and transfer students register through advisors in their school/college.

Where can I park? Is parking free??
You can park in any general spot on campus for the duration of the orientation program for free. You can enter campus at gate 6, 4 or 1 for general parking.?

Will I be able to tour the residence hall I will be living in during the school year?
A tour will be provided of available building(s) on your Orientation connection day.? That availability may be limited on the date of your visit.? But, a representative space will be available to be toured.

How do I see what the residence halls look like?
To learn more about residence life at St. John’s, including the layouts of the types of rooms available, please see the?Residence Life Handbook. Also, look at our?360-Degree Residence Hall Tours?for a preview of every room type available on campus.

Do I have to stay the whole day of orientation? Can I leave early??
Yes, students must stay for the entirety of the program. If there are unavoidable circumstances please contact the orientation office at?[email protected]?or 718-990-5353.? In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to depart early.? Families should plan for their student, in the event this occurs.

Can I leave campus during orientation?
No, for security reasons students are not allowed to leave campus for the duration of the program.

What do I need to do before orientation?
Review the new student check-list so you are fully prepared before you arrive on campus. This check-list is full of things you need to consider or complete before attending Orientation.? Complete online orientation.? Instructions will be sent to you via email within 7 days of your arrival for your registered session.? COVID-19 testing will be provided on your Orientation Connection day for students.? If you are a fully vaccinated student, please upload your vaccination documentation as soon as possible (ideally 5-7 days prior to your arrival).? If we cannot verify vaccination status prior to your arrival on campus, testing will be required for students.

What should I wear to orientation?
During Orientation students spend time walking around campus. Therefore, students should wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. As most facilities are air conditioned, you may want to bring a sweater.? Please bring a mask.? We will be both indoors and outdoors.

Are kosher meals available??
Yes, Kosher meals are available at request. Please contact the orientation office at?[email protected]?or 718-990-5353 to request a Kosher meal.

I am fasting during orientation, will I be able to put a meal aside?
Yes, just let your orientation leaders know at the start of the day and arrangements will be made.?

Are my parents required to go to orientation?
No, parents are not required but encouraged to attend?Family Orientation.

Can I bring a guest to orientation?
No, we cannot accommodate guests. Orientation is a chance for students to become familiar with their new school environment and interact with other incoming students so guests are not allowed.?

Do my parents/guardians participate in the same program?
The Family Orientation program runs concurrently with the student program. However, it is a completely different program that is dedicated to families, so you will not be with your parent during this time.?

How long is the family program?
The parent program ends at 2:35 p.m. for parents of commuter students and 3:15 p.m. for parents of resident students.

Are there any hotels in the area or that offer a discounted rate??
Yes,?these hotels?have special rates for St. John’s University affiliates.

Can I bring my health forms to orientation?

Yes, you may bring your health forms to orientation as long as they are completed in their entirety and your X-number is written on each page.

We recommend that you submit your forms?via the?Online Patient Portal before?your Orientation. For more information, please contact?Student Health Services.?

Do graduate students attend orientation?
Yes, there is a Orientation program for our incoming graduate students. However, all graduate students should speak with their academic college/school to confirm any separate sessions their department or program may require.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Orientation Office at 718-990-5353. You may also contact any University office directly for more information.

OfficePhone
Academic Service-Learning718-990-6499
Admission Office718-990-2000
Bookstore718-990-6247
Campus Concierge718-990–6631
Campus Engagement718-990-5400
Campus Ministry718-990-6255
Career Services718-990-6375
Counseling Center718-990-6384
Dean of Students718-990-1506
Department of Student Wellness718-990-7537
Dining Services718-990-1535
Disabled Student Services718-990-6384
Discover New York718-990-7629
Financial Services718-990-2000
Fitness Center718-990-2357
Fraternities and Sororities718-990-6707
General Information718-990-6161
Health Services718-990-6360
Institute for Writing Studies718-990-2171
International Student Services718-990-6083
Leadership Development718-990-5400
Library718-990-6201
Math Learning Center718-990-2573
Military Science718-990-2745
New Student Orientation718-990-5353
Off-Campus Housing718-990-7512
Office of Student Conduct718-990-1422
Operations and Services718-990-2104
Peer Mentoring718-990-5400
Performing Arts718-990-2972
Public Safety718-990-6281
Recreational Sports718-990-2342
Registrar718-990-1350
Residence Life718-990-2417
StormCard Office718-990-6257
Student Development718-990-6039
University Freshman Center718-990-5858

Academic Service-Learning

718-390-4119

Admission Office

718-390-4500

Bookstore

718-390-4430

Bursar

718-390-4135

Campus Ministry

718-390-4475

Career Services

718-390-4438

Counseling Center

718-390-4451

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

718-390-4345

Dining Services

718-390-4376

Discover New York

718-390-4131

Financial Aid

718-390-4453

Fitness Center

718-390-4005

Health Services

718-390-4447

Student Success Center

718-390-4586

Library

718-390-4457

Multicultural Student Affairs

718-390-4470

New Student Orientation

718-390-4131

Office of Student Life

718-390-4131

Registrar

718-390-4425

Residence Life

718-390 4080

Services and Support for Students with Disabilities

718-390-4451

StormCard Office

718-390-4487