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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. 

Please see below for Fall 2015 Orientation week highlights and mandatory events.  Stay tuned for a full schedule of Fall Orientation meetings, events and activities!

Saturday, August 29

9:00am - 4:00pm

Residence Hall Check-in 

10:00am - 3:00pm                          

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.  205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office.

10:00am - 6:00pm

Campus Store Open House: Raffle at 4pm. 207 East 23rd Street.

4:30pm

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

8:00pm

Residence Hall Building Programs: Resident students should see posted flyers for details.
Sunday, August 30

9:00am - 4:00pm

Residence Hall Check-in 

10:00am - 3:00pm                          

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.  205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office.

10:00am - 6:00pm

Campus Store Open House: Raffle at 4pm. 207 East 23rd Street.

11:30am - 2:00pm

Welcome Luncheon: All students and families welcome.  125 West 18th Street, The Metropolitan Pavilion.

2:00 - 3:30pm

Presidential Parents Welcome: For parents ONLY.  333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

3:00 - 5:00pm

SVA Library Open House: All students and families welcome380 Second Avenue, Second floor.

4:30pm

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

6:00 - 8:00pm

Residence Hall Building Programs: Resident students should see posted flyers for details.
Monday, August 31

9:00am - 5:00pm

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into all SVA buildings. 205 East 23 Street, Registrar's Office.

9:30 -10:15am

Orientation Opening Program for Transfer Students: Attendance required. 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

10:30 - 11:15am

Orientation Opening Program for First-time Freshmen: Attendance required. 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

11:30am - 1:00pm

Commuter and Transfer Student Luncheon: 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

1:30pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet (Session 1): Ask your OL for details on your respective session and location.

3:00 - 4:00pm

International Student Orientation: Mandatory for all F-1 undergraduate students.  333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

3pm & 6pm

Proficiency Exam: ONLY for honors program students and new transfer students NOT enrolled in HCD 1020.  133/141 West 21st Street, Room 602/603C.

4:00 - 5:00pm

SVA's Regional Representatives Meeting: For new international students from Brazil, China and India ONLY.  333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

7:30pm

Trivia Night: Presented by the Resident Assistants.  215 East 23rd Street, New Residence Basement Lounge.

9:00pm

Flaunt Your Flavor: Frozen yogurt social sponsored by WSVA Radio Station.  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

Tuesday, September 1

9:00am - 5:00pm

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.  205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office.

9am, 12pm, & 3pm

Proficiency Exam: ONLY for honors program students and new transfer students NOT enrolled in HCD 1020.  133/141 West 21st Street, Room 602/603C.

10:00am

Undergraduate Departmental Meetings: Attendance required.

Animation - Reeves Lehman, Chair: 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

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

Design - Richard Wilde, Chair: 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

Illustration - Thomas Woodruff, Chair: 310 East 22nd Street, Room 702G.

Interior Design - Jane Smith, Chair: 133/144 West 21st Street, Room 1104C.

Photography & Video - Stephen Frailey, Chair: First-time Freshmen ONLY.  214 East 21st Street, Room 612A.

11:30am

Undergraduate Departmental Meetings (Continued): Attendance required.

Advertising - Richard Wilde, Chair: 209 East 23rd Street, Room 502.

Cartooning - Thomas Woodruff, Chair: 310 East 22nd Street, Room 702G.

Computer Art - John McIntosh, Chair: 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

Film - Reeces Lehman, Chair: 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

Photography & Video - Stephen Frailey, Chair: Transfer students ONLY.  214 East 21st Street, Room 612A.

Visual &Critical Studies - Tom Huhn, Chair: 133/144 West 21st Street, Room 402C.

1:00 - 2:00pm

Semester Abroad Information Session: 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

1:00 - 4:00pm

Campus Store Open House: 207 East 23rd Street.

1:00 - 4:00pm

SVA Library Open House: 380 Second Avenue, Second floor.

2:00 - 3:00pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet (Session 2): Ask your OL for details on your respective session and location.

3:00 - 4:00pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet (Session 3): Ask your OL for details on your respective session and location.

6:00 - 7:30pm

Student Leadership Open Hours: 23 Lexington Avenue, George Washington Residence, Mezzanine.

8:30pm

Game Show Madness: Presented by the Resident Assistants.  23 Lexington Avenue, George Washington Residence, Mezzanine.

Wednesday, September 2

9:00am - 5:00pm

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.  205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office.

10:00 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: A - E.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

10:00 - 11:30am

Exchange Student Meeting: Mandatory for all J-1 undergraduate exchange students.  136 West 21st Street, Room 418F.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Finding Your Balance & Personal Wellness: Sponsored by Student Health and Counseling Services.  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

11:30 - 1:00pm

Writing Program Workshop:  209 East 23rd Street, Room 302.

12:00 - 2:00pm

Honors Program Luncheon: First-year honors program students ONLY.  133/141 West 21st Street, Room 602C.

2:00 - 3:30pm

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: F - L.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

3:30 - 5:00pm

Safety in the City: 209 East Street, Room 311 Amphitheater.

5:30 - 6:30pm

Orientation Leader  (OL) Meet & Greet (Session 4): Ask your OL for details on your respective session and location.

7:30pm

SVA Amazing Race: Sponsored by VASA (Visual Arts Studnts Association).  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

Thursday, September 3

10:00 - 11:00am

International Students Panel Discussion: 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

10:00 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: M - R.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

11:00am - 1:00pm

Adjustment Skills & Workshop for International Students: 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

12:00 - 1:00pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet (Session 5): Ask your OL for details on your respective session and location.

2:00 - 4:00pm

SVA Library Tour: For International Students.  380 Second Avenue, Second floor.

2:30 - 4:00pm

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: S - Z.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

3:00 - 4:30pm

SVA Chelsea Gallery Open House & Tour:  601 West 26th STreet, 15th Floor; depart from 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

3:00 - 4:30pm

Your Career Starts Now: 136 West 21st Street, Room 418F.

8:00pm

Karaoke Night: Sponsored by WSVA Radio.  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

Friday, September 4

10:00 - 11:00am

Health Insurance Information Session: For domestic students. 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Health Insurance Information Session: For international students. 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

11:00am - 12:00pm

SVA Library Tour: For International Students.  380 Second Avenue, Second floor.

12:30 - 2:00pm

Professional Artist Demonstrations: Liquitex, Windson & Newton.  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

8:00pm

Groove-a-thon: Sponsored by Student Activities.  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6

Activities and tours around NYC.  Sign-up is required for all events.  Please check with your Orientation Leader for details closer to the start of orientation.

Graduate Orientation Schedule (highlights)

Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, 30

9:00am - 4:00pm

Residence Hall Check-in 

10:00am - 3:00pm                          

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.  205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office.

Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1

9:00am - 5:00pm

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.  205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office.

Wednesday September 2

9:00am - 5:00pm

SVA IDs Issued: Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.  205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office.

10:00 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: A - E.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

11:00am

Finding Your Balance & Personal Wellness: Sponsored by Student Health and Counseling Services.  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

2:00 - 3:30pm

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: F - L.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

3:30 - 5:00pm

Safety in the City: 209 East Street, Room 311 Amphitheater.

Thursday, September 3

10:00 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: M - R.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

2:00 - 4:00pm

SVA Library Tour: For International Students.  380 Second Avenue, Second floor.

2:30 - 4:00pm

Financial Aid Workshop: For Federal Aid recipients.  Last Names: S - Z.  209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

3:00 - 4:30pm

International Graduate Student Orientation: Mandatory for all F-1 students.  333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre. 

5:00pm

Gradaute Student Welcome Program:  Attendance Required (refreshments served at 4:30pm).  333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre.

6:00pm

Graduate Student Reception: Light fare and drinks served.  601 West 26th STreet, 15th Floor, SVA Chelsea Gallery.

Friday, September 4

10:00 - 11:00am

Health Insurance Information Session: For domestic students. 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Health Insurance Information Session: For international students. 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater.

11:00am - 12:00pm

SVA Library Tour: For International Students.  380 Second Avenue, Second floor.

12:30 - 2:00pm

Professional Artist Demonstrations: Liquitex, Windson & Newton.  217 East 23rd Street, Student Center.

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