Freshman Orientation FAQs

-Why haven't I received an orientation information yet?

All students who have paid their tuition deposit will be emailed orientation information (beginning in May).  If you have not received an email, please contact the Admissions Office at 716-839-8225 to verify your deposit status and email address.

-I came for a campus tour and Open House, do I need to attend orientation?

YES!!! Orientation is a two-day intensive program to aid ALL new students with their transition to Daemen. It is not a repeat of the information given during your tour or Open House. This program digs much deeper, providing you with all the tools needed to be successful at Daemen. All new students are required to attend an orientation program. At freshman orientation you will:

Receive your fall course schedule.

Meet with your academic department.

Receive your Daemen College I.D.

Receive your Daemen computer account and be trained on Blackboard, the online site used by all courses for submitting homework assignments, course discussions, and downloading course documents.

Be trained on Webadvisor, the College’s online site for registering for classes, viewing your schedule, monitoring your course grades, and much more.

Meet your orientation leaders, current students who will share their experiences at Daemen and help mentor you in your first year.

Meet other new freshmen who will be starting in the Fall.

Meet with representatives from each of the academic and student services on campus who will provide you with answers to frequently asked questions and provide you with information on how to best use their services and be successful at the College.

Participate in fun activities that acquaint you with the College, the staff, and students.

-Do I have to stay overnight in the residence hall?

Yes, an overnight stay is required. Many students who live near the campus and will be commuting during the school year often ask why an overnight stay is required. We ask you to stay overnight on campus because the orientation program goes late into the evening and starts early on the second day. In addition, we know from past programs that you will meet more students and become better acquainted with the campus by staying overnight in the residence halls.

-What should I pack?

Be sure to remember to pack your sleeping bags or bed linens, blanket, pillow, towels/necessities, alarm clock and a small fan (the residence hall is not air conditioned).

-What should I wear?

Dress comfortable and casual.  Bring a jacket or sweater for times when you are in buildings with air conditioning.

-How do I pay for Orientation?

All freshmen pay a one-time freshman student fee of $175 that is added to your fall tuition bill. This fee covers the cost of food, lodging, activities, staffing, and all materials used during freshman student events including Summer Orientation as well as Welcome Back Programs, and first year student programming.

-I am an HEOP student. Am I still required to attend orientation?

As a HEOP student you are required to register for freshmen orientation. All students who have been accepted into the HEOP program must register for the first orientation session on July 13/14.

-Is transportation available from the airport, bus and train stations to campus?

For those traveling by plane, train, or bus, Daemen is only a short taxi ride to campus.  In the past, students have used Airport Taxi (716 633-8294), Kenmore Cab (716 876-3030, 716 876-2300) and Action Taxi (446-1580).  Please note that Daemen only has residence hall staff on hand during the actual session times and cannot accommodate students staying on campus past check-out on day two of orientation.  Students should make travel arrangements that will allow them to arrive by 9:00am on day one and depart by 4:30pm on day two.   If you are travelling alone (without your family) and have special needs please contact Kim Pagano at or 716-839-8494 BY JULY 6.

-Where do I park during the program? Where do I go to check in?

For the summer program, students and family members may park in any Daemen College lot. Parking passes are not required at this time. Check-in for students and families will be held in the Wick Center.  Please not no park in any spots deemed reserved.

-Will I receive a confirmation that you have received my reservation and payment for the program?

You should receive an email confirming your reservation for the orientation program approximately 24 hours after we've received your registration form (it may take longer if you have registered over the weekend).

-How long does the orientation program last?

Orientation for freshmen students is a two-day program. You are required to attend the duration of the program. The program begins at 9:00am and ends at around midnight on the first day; and from 9:00am - 4:30pm on the second day.

-May I register for classes without turning in my immunization records to health services?

New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 require all college students to show proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella as well as making an informed decision about having the meningitis vaccine before being able to register for classes. All college students, but particularly those who will be living on campus, are urged by the NYS Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to have the meningitis vaccine. A new vaccine, called Menactra, is effective for more than eight years. The old vaccine was effective for three to five years. Menactra prevents people from being carriers of the bacteria which the old vaccine did not. When calling for your appointment for your college physical exam, let the staff know you will be wanting the Menactra vaccine at the time of your visit. This documentation needs to be on file with Health Services before a student will be allowed to register for classes. There are no exceptions. Send your records to Susan Girard in Health & Insurance Services NOW to avoid complications in registering for your classes.

-When do I register for classes?

All freshmen students are pre-registered for their first semester by the Academic Advisement office. You must complete advisement questionnaire included with your orientation reservation to be registered for classes. You will receive a printed copy of your schedule at orientation if you are health compliant.

-Can I bring another person with me to the orientation program?

We offer a Parent Orientation, designed specifically for parents and guardians and information may be found at the parent orientation page. The student program is for orientation participants only. The Parent Orientation runs concurrently with, but separate from, the student program.

-What happens if I don't attend orientation?

Orientation is a requirement for matriculation at Daemen College. You will not be able to register for courses without attending an orientation program.

-How do I get my Student ID and Daemen Computer Account Information?

You will receive your student ID and computer account information during the orientation program.

-How can I find out about the student services on campus?

Information on student services is included in the orientation program.


Do you have a question that was not answered above? Feel free to contact the office of Orientation & Student Leadership at 716-839-8494 or at

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