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Orientation FAQs

Orientation is organized and planned by the Student Activities Office 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 New Student 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 (If you haven't already)
  • Meet with academic advisors and receive your academic schedule
  • Take your ID Card Picture & Receive your Spartan Card
  • Get answers to all of your questions about being a St. Thomas Aquinas College Student!


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:

  • Orientation Meals & Snacks
  • Spartan Orientation T-Shirt
  • All Orientation Activities

Can a guest/friend/significant other attend Orientation with the new student?
Orientation is designed for new students to gain autonomy and meet their new peers at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Because of this, we don't allot guests/friends/significant others to attend Orientation with the student.  These guests may attend the parent orientation program which occurs on the same dates as the Orientation Session.

I’m planning on arriving the night before, are there any hotels in the area?
There certainly are, here are some hotels in the local area:

Holiday Inn Orangeburg
329 Rt. 303
Orangeburg, NY 10962
845-359-7000 ‎
www.hiorgangeburg.com

Comfort Inn & Suites
425 E. Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954
845-623-6000
www.comfortinn.com

Hilton Pearl River
500 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Pearl River, NY 10965
845-735-9000
www.hiltonpearlriver.com

When do I pay my bill?
During the Parent Orientation there will be a presentation on the tuition payment options. For more information you can contact the Business Office at (845) 398-4042 and/or 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?
Some students like to do this to avoid long lines at the Bookstore during the start of the semester. Some students choose to wait until the beginning of the semester. For bookstore questions please contact the location directly at (845) 398-4210 or you can visit them online at www.stac.bkstr.com/

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 become involved in student life. The Student Activities Office (STACtivities)  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 New Student Orientation?
You can expect to have fun, meet new friends, and become prepared to be a successful Spartan!

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at 845-398-4084or email Nick Migliorino the Director of Student Engagement at [email protected].