You are invited to arrive in Cortland, New York on August 20 or 21, 2012 for this Fall semester prior to the mandatory International Student Orientation that will begin on August 22, 2012. This orientation will play a vital role in helping you adjust to our campus, community and culture by creating a welcoming and informative environment. You will connect with all campus procedures and policies as well as make new friends. (See a sample orientation schedule.)
Our orientation staff, who are current SUNY Cortland domestic and international students, will lead you through a full schedule of diverse activities and events during this week. These will include campus and downtown tours, shopping for essentials, several seminars and workshops as well as lunch with SUNY Cortland's president and provost. You also will enjoy a variety of trips to local museums, theaters, the nearby cities of Ithaca and Syracuse as well as an American baseball game and picnic.
You will be required to attend an international student information session to be held during your orientation week. At this session, you will be introduced to and receive presentations from all campus departments and you will receive critical immigration information necessary to maintain your F-1 visa status. Our non-native English-speaking students will be required to attend a mandatory language assessment as well.
We are confident that you will find this orientation experience enormously valuable, as it will ensure a seamless transition to your new home at SUNY Cortland.
To begin your journey to Cortland, please read our "What to Know Before you Go" guide to SUNY Cortland.