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Orientation Week offers students the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and other students before classes begin. It also helps acclimate new students to the SVA campus, community and NYC.  Check out the photos above from Fall 2015 Orientation.

For new students in the Spring 2016, please see below for the  Spring 2016 Orientation schedule.  Students have been emailed information about sigining up for select activities (see below *sign-up required) to their SVA email accounts.  You may also use the links below.

Spring 2016 Activities Sign Up (check your SVA email for password information)

To reserve your spot on a museum trip, click here.


To reserve your ticket for Finding Neverland on Broadway, click here.

Wednesday January 6

9:00am - 5:00pm
SVA IDs Issued
Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.
205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, First Floor

10:00am - 4:00pm
Residence Hall Check-In

10:00am - 6:00pm
Campus Store
207 East23rd Street, Campus Store

3:00pm
Navigating Your Neighborhood
Resident students meet in front of their residence hall.

8:00pm
Residence Hall Building Programs
Resident students attend programs in their residence  hall. 
Please ask your Resident Assistant for details.

Thursday January 7

9:00am - 5:00pm
SVA IDs Issued
Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.
205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, First Floor

10:00am - 6:00pm
Campus Store
207 East23rd Street, Campus Store

10:00am
Orientation Opening Program
Attendance is required.
209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

11:30am
Financial Aid Workshop
For U.S Citizens and permanent residents only.
209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

12:00 - 1:30pm
Welcome Luncheon
Hosted by Student Affairs.
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

1:00pm
Campus Tour
Lead by the Orientation Leaders.
Departs from 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

2:00pm
Undergraduate Departmental Meetings
Attendance is required.

Film
Reeves Lehmann, Chair
209 East 23rd Street, Room 601

Fine Arts
Suzanne Anker, Chair
335 West 16th Street, First Floor

Design and Advertising
Richard Wilde, Chair
209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

Illustration and Cartooning
Thomas Woodruff, Chair
310 East 22nd Street, Room 702G

Photography and Video
Stephen Frailey, Chair
214 East 21st Street, Room 612A

4:00pm
International Student Orientation
Mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 Visa students.
209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

5:30 - 7:00pm
Student Engagement and Leadership Open House
Learn about involvement opportunities on campus.
23  Lexington Avenue,  GW Residence, Mezzanine

7:00pm
Cookies and Chill
Enjoy some delicious Insomnia Cookies and meet new friends.
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Friday January 8

9:00am - 5:00pm
SVA IDs Issued
Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.
205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, First Floor

10:00am - 6:00pm
Campus Store
207 East23rd Street, Campus Store

10:00am
Exchange Student Meeting
Mandatory for all J-1 exchange students.
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

10:00am
Health and Wellness Program
Sponsored by Student Health and Counseling Services.
Health insurance information and wellness tips.
209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

11:00am
Cultural Adjustment and Useful tips for International Students
All students and their families are welcome.
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

12:30pm
SVA Library Tour
All students and their families are welcome.
Departs from& 209 East 23rd Street, Lobby

2:00pm
Museums Tours (MOMA and Met)
*Sign-up required.
Depart from 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

8:00pm
Broadway Show, Finding Neverland
*Sign-up required. (based on availability)
Sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership
Departs at 6:30pm from 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Saturday January 9

7:00pm
SVA Movie Night
Join us and vote on which movie by a famous alumn we will watch!
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

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