Frequently Asked Questions
Orientation is organized and facilitated by the Office of Student Development and is designed to provide all students a warm welcome and assist you in your transition to life at St. Thomas Aquinas College. The program is designed to introduce you to the people, information and resources available to you to make your experience at STAC a success.
At Orientation you will have the opportunity to:
- Get acquainted with STAC’s campus life including student activities, student government, student clubs & organizations
- Socialize with current and new students
- Set up your STAC email account
- Meet with academic advisors and receive your fall schedule
- Get your Spartan Card
- Get answers to all of your questions about being a St. Thomas Aquinas College student
How long is Orientation?
Check-in for Spartan Orientation begins at approximately 9:00am and Orientation lasts until approximately 4:30pm.
Times for Transfer Orientation will vary and information will be emailed to you upon online registration.
Do I have to stay the entire day?
Yes: all the programs on the orientation schedule are designed to assist you with your transition into St. Thomas Aquinas College and introduce you to college life and learning.
What does my Orientation Fee cover?
Every incoming freshman will be billed $75.00 for the Orientation Fee which will be included on your fall bill.
The fee covers:
- Summer and Fall Orientation Meals
- Spartan Orientation T-shirt
- Resources and supplies for both the Summer and Fall Orientation sessions
- Fall Orientation & Welcome Week Activities
What is the Fall Orientation?
Spartan Start, our fall orientation program, is the second part of your transition into the STAC community. First-year resident students will be invited to move into the residences halls before upperclassmen during Labor Day Weekend. Throughout the weekend, there will be a series of social, educational and cultural programming designed to help you meet new people and learn more about how to be a successful Spartan. You will receive more information on Spartan Start during your summer session.
Spartan Start 2013 will take place Saturday August 31 – Monday September 2. Spartan Start is mandatory for all incoming freshmen to attend. Transfer students are welcome, but it is not mandatory.
What time is the Spartan Parent Orientation?
Orientation begins at 9:00am and runs until approximately 4:30pm.
Can I bring my other children?
Orientation is designed for parents and college aged students, there is no child care available for younger children.
I’m planning on arriving the night before, are there any hotels in the area?
There are several hotels in the local area:
Holiday Inn Orangeburg Comfort Inn & Suites Hilton Pearl River
329 Rt. 303 425 E. Route 59 500 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Orangeburg, NY 10962 Nanuet, NY 10954 Pearl River, NY 10965
(845) 359-7000 (845) 623-6000 (845) 735-9000
www.hiorgangeburg.com www.comfortinn.com www.hiltonpearlriver.com
When do I pay my bill?
During the Spartan Parent Orientation there will be a presentation on the tuition payment options. For more information you can contact the Office of Financial Aid at (845) 398-4097.
When do I get my schedule?
You will receive a copy of your schedule during summer orientation. If you have questions about your schedule you can ask the Office of Academic Advising during orientation.
Who is my academic advisor?
You will be informed of your academic advisor at the start of the semester through Banner Self Service, our college information system. You will be introduced to Banner Self-Service during Orientation.
Should I try to buy my textbooks before coming to school in September?
Some students like to do this to avoid long lines at the Bookstore during the start of the semester.
You can contact the STAC Bookstore at (845) 398-4210 or you can visit their website.
What can I expect during the first month of school, and how can I get involved in campus activities?
During the first month of school you will be adjusting to college life both academically and personally. You will familiarize yourself with classes, classmates and professors, learn academic expectations, and begin to identify resources available should you need extra support. STAC 101, your first-year seminar course, will help pull together all these aspects and help foster a positive transition. On a personal level, you will get to know your roommate and other peers, and hopefully get involved in student life. The Office of Student Activities and the Student Government Association sponsor many student-run organizations and on-campus events for both residents and commuters, especially during the first month of school.
What can I expect at Spartan Orientation 2013?
You can expect to have fun, meet new friends, and become prepared to be a successful Spartan!