Orientation FAQs

Orientation FAQs

Orientation at St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) is organized and planned by the Student Engagement Office and is designed to provide a warm welcome and assist you in your transition to life as a Spartan at STAC. The program introduces you to the individuals on campus, helpful information, and available resources to make your experience at STAC a success!

At New Student Orientation - Spartan Journey you will have the opportunity to:

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:

Can a guest/friend/significant other attend Orientation with the new student?

The purpose of Orientation is for new students to gain autonomy and meet their new peers at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Because of this, we do not permit guests/friends/significant others to attend Orientation with the student. These guests may attend the Parent Orientation sessions taking place during New Student Orientation.

I’m planning on arriving the night before. Are there any hotels in the area?

There certainly are. Here are some hotels that we recommend in the local area:

  • DoubleTree by HiltonHotel
    • Nanuet, NY
    • 425 NY-59, Nanuet, NY 10954
    • From $164 a night
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
    • Orangeburg, NY
    • 3 Stevens Way, Orangeburg, NY 10962
    • From $194 a night
  • Holiday Inn Express
    • Ramsey, NJ
    • 946 Route 17 North , Ramsey, New Jersey 07446
    • From $112 a night
  • Hilton
    • Pearl River, NY
    • 500 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River, New York, 10965-3209, USA
    • From $212 a night (Aug 31st-Sept 2nd only)
  • West Gate Inn
    • Nyack, NY
    • 26 Route 59, Nyack, New York, 10960, USA
    • From $103 a night

When do I pay my bill?

During the Orientation Program there will be opportunities to meet with Student Financial Services to discuss tuition payment options. For more information, you may contact the Student Financial Services team at (845) 398-4042 / [email protected]

When do I get my schedule?

You will already have your schedule by the time Spartan Journey begins. You should attend a registration session during the summer to create your schedule. If you have questions about your schedule, you may reach out to the Office of Academic Advising (845) 398-4090.

Who is my academic advisor?

We will inform you of your academic advisor during your registration. You will be able to access this information through Banner Self Service, our College information system. We will introduce you to Banner Self-Service during Orientation.

Should I try to buy my textbooks before coming to school?

It’s really up to you. Some students like to do so before the start of the semester, where others choose to wait until the beginning of the semester. Check out our online Bookstore 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 identify resources available should you need extra support. STAC 101, your first-year seminar course, will help pull together all these aspects and foster a positive transition. On a personal level, you will get to know your peers, roommate(s), and become involved in student life. The Student Engagement Office 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! See you soon!

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