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Whether you are a first year or transfer student, your college years are a very exciting time in your life. Some would say that they are the best years of your life, and we hope that your times at Saint Rose certainly will be.

August 25 – September 6

Welcome to our newest Golden Knights!

When you arrive on campus on Wednesday, August 25, we will be here to greet you and make you feel at home right away. Your two day comprehensive orientation experience will take place on Thursday and Friday followed by our Week of Welcome. The programs in the first week provide you an immediate opportunity to get better acquainted with the campus, get involved, meet fellow classmates and make new friends — making the transition to Saint Rose an enjoyable one. As you settle in you will soon discover what you may have read or have been told — that Saint Rose truly is HOME.


Orientation Schedule

  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Commuter Student Registration (EAC Atrium)
  • 3:30 p.m. Families Depart
  • 3:30 p.m. Welcome HOME
    • Join us for this official assembly of students, faculty and staff as we welcome our new Golden Knights to the campus community.
  • 4:30 p.m. Commuter Student Meet & Greet (Main Lounge)
    • A reception for students who commute to campus to meet each other and learn about the many wonderful resources available to them.
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m. Residence Life Floor Meetings
  • 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner (Dining Hall)
  • 8 p.m. MANHUNT (Game on the Campus Green)
    • Join us for an organized game on the Campus Green. This is not your typical game of hide and seek and you wont want to miss out!
  • 8 p.m. Movie Knight (Daniel P. Nolan Gym)

  • 9 a.m. Saint Rose Mission
    • Learn about the Mission of the College and how we embrace these values every day.
  • 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. Academic Excellence
    • Hear from a panel of Academic Affairs experts along with student peers on how to transition from high school to college successfully.
  • 1 p.m. True Colors
    • Personality Assessment: This session will help you identify core elements of your personality temperament as well as understand others.
  • 2 p.m. Risky Choices & Good Decisions
    • An interactive experience where you will learn about alcohol & substance use: making wise choices and the impact those choices have on social and academic life.
  • 3 p.m. Institutional Effectiveness
    • Pull out your mobile devices and let us hear your voice! In this session, you are asked to participate in the HEDS New Student Survey using your mobile device. The HEDS new student survey prompts you to reflect on your goals for college, your vision of a successful life after college, and how your experiences in college can move you towards achieving that vision.
  • 3:30 p.m. The Next Level: What it Takes to be Career Ready
    • You made it to the next level…college! Now it’s time to get “career ready,” but what does that mean? This presentation will go over what it means to be career ready in 8 different areas, identify opportunities at Saint Rose to build these skills, and explain how the Career Center is here to support you throughout your journey.
  • 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner (Dining Hall)
  • 8 p.m. Let’s Play Games (Main Lounge)
    • We invite you to game night featuring classic board games from your childhood to today’s new favorites! Whether you land on someone’s boardwalk, sink a battleship, or compare apples to apples, you are guaranteed a fun night.
  • 8 p.m. Comedy Night on the campus green. (Rain location: Daniel P. Nolan Gym)
    • Get ready to laugh with Los Angeles based stand-up comedian and voice actor, Justin Rupple. His amazing impressions can be seen on the USA show “First Impressions” with Dana Carvey.

  • 9 a.m. Navigate & Canvas
    • This session will introduce you to the success tools you will use most often as a student throughout your time at Saint Rose. Bring your phones, tablets, or laptops along to get the most out of this
  • 9:30 a.m. Know Thyself
    • This session will ask students to take an introspective look at what makes each person the individual that they are. Activities will highlight the multiple dimensions of our identities. It addresses the relationships
      between our desires to self-define our identities and the social constructions that label us regardless of how we define ourselves. Students will also be encouraged to think about the biases and stereotypes they apply to others and to make a conscious effort to think more deeply about them, eventually eliminating them.
  • 11 a.m. SEFCU – Financial Literacy Workshop
    • It’s Your Credit: Financial decisions made today greatly impact your future. When using credit, you are spending your future income. This concept will be the backdrop while you explore managing credit responsibly, how to obtain credit, and the meaning of credit scores and credit reports.
  • 1 p.m. It’s on us! HOME – Keeping our Community Safe
    • We will learn what Title IX is and how it works for you, along with understanding
      affirmative consent, bystander intervention strategies, our reporting and support services on campus and in our community. Learn how you can make a difference! It’s on us!
  • 2:30 p.m. Candy Bar & Ice Cream Break
  • 3 p.m. See Something, Say Something: Personal Safety
    • You’ll learn important personal safety and security information concerning the City of Albany and The College of Saint Rose; transportation information such as shuttles and the CDTA will be presented along with the Shuttle Me Home program and the RAVE Emergency Alert System.
  • 4:30 p.m. Lawn Games
    • Escape to the Campus Green for some fun with friends as we play Toss Across,
      Corn Hole, Bocci and other energy-producing games.
  • 4:30 p.m. Know Your Surroundings
    Take a walk through the campus and the local community to discover all that surrounds the College of Saint Rose.
  • 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall
  • 6:30 p.m. Roller Skating at Guptill’s
    • Enjoy a night off campus at one of the Capital District’s roller-skating rinks. FREE! Pre-registration will be required for this event. Please be on the lookout for more information.
  • 7 p.m. Fun & Games Miniature Golf (Saint Joe’s)
    • Bring your friends or come solo and compete to win a variety of prizes as we play Black Light Miniature Golf. Please wear white or bright colors for an even cooler experience.

Week of Welcome Events – The Fun has just begun!

Saturday, August 28 – Monday, September 6

Make sure you check the line-up of activities we have planned for you each day during Week of Welcome!