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Orientation at SVA 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 Week.


The Fall 2016 Orientation Week schedule is included below.  Please continue to check this page for updates.  Incoming students should also be attentive to receiving emails from their Orientation Leader student mentor in July and August.

Saturday August 27, 2016

*Saturday 8/27/16 events are mostly for residential students.   Students living in SVA residence halls should refer to their email correspondence from Residence Life regarding their specific move-in dates and times.


9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-In

See assignement email for date/time details.


10am - 3pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


10am - 6pm

Campus Store Open House

Raffle at 3pm.

207 East 23rd Street, 1st Floor


4:30pm

Navigating Your Neighborhood

Resident students meet in front of their residence hall.


8pm

Residence Hall Building Events

Residents should see posted flyers for details.

Sunday August 28, 2016

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-In

See assignement email for date/time details.


10am - 3pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


10am - 6pm

Campus Store Open House

Raffle at 3pm.

207 East 23rd Street, 1st Floor


11:30am - 2pm

Welcome Luncheon

All students and their families welcome.

125 West 18th Street, The Metropolitan Pavilion


2 - 3:30pm

Presidential Parents Welcome

For parents and guardians only.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


3 - 5pm

Library Open House

All students and their families welcome.

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


4:30pm

Navigating Your Neighborhood

Resident students meet in front of their residence hall.


8pm

Residence Hall Building Events

Residents should see posted flyers for details.

Monday August 29, 2016

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


9:30am

Orientation Opening Program

Last names: A-L

Attendance is required.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


10:30am

Orientation Opening Program

Last names: M-Z

Attendance is required.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


11:30am

Commuter Student Program

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


1 -  2pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet and Greet: Session A

Please ask your OL for details.


3pm

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


4pm

SVA's Regional Representatives Meeting

For new international students from Latin America,

China & India ONLY.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


5:30 - 6:30pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet and Greet: Session B

Please ask your OL for details.


6:30 - 7:30pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet and Greet: Session C

Please ask your OL for details.


7:30pm

Trivia Night

Hosted by Resident Assistants (RAs)

See flyers for details.

215 East 23rd Street, 23rd Street Residence. 


8:30pm

Flaunt your Flavor

Frozen yogurt social.

Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Tuesday August 30, 2016

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


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


10am

Undergraduate Department Meetings

Attendance is required.

    • Animation: Reeves Lehmann, Chair - 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre
    • Design: Richard Wilde, Chair - 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater
    • Fine Arts: Suzanne Anker, Chair - 335 West 16th Street, 1st Floor
    • 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 Department Meetings

Attendance is 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: Reeves Lehmann, 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 - 133/141 West 21st Street, Room 402C


1 -  2pm

Honors Program Lunch

First-year Honors Program students ONLY.

133/141 West 21st Street, Room 403C


1 - 2pm

Semester Abroad Information Session

Hosted by the Semester Abroad Program

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


2 - 3:30pm

Safety in the City

Knowing your resources, tips on how to stay safe,

and consent. Attendees will be entered in a drawing

for a Campus Store gift card!

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


1 - 4pm

Campus Store Open House

Raffle at 3pm.

207 East 23rd Street, 1st Floor


1pm - 4pm

Library Open House

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


4:30 - 5:30pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet and Greet: Session D

Please ask your OL for details.


5:30 - 6:30pm

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet and Greet: Session E

Please ask your OL for details.


6 - 7:30pm

Student Engagement and Leadership Open House

Learn how to get involved on campus.

340 East 24th Street, 24th Street Residence, 1st Floor

      • Visual Arts Student Association (VASA)
      • Visual Opinion
      • WSVA Radio
      • Student Leadership Series
      • Queer SVA
      • ISO: Cultural Partner Program


8:30pm

Game Show Madness!

Hosted by Resident Assistants (RAs)

See flyers for details.

340 East 24th Street, 24th Street Residence. 

Wednesday August 31, 2016

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


10 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names: A-E

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


10 - 11am

Exchange Student Meeting

Mandatory for all J-1 undergraduate exchange students.

136 West 21st Street, Room 418F


11:30am - 1pm

Writing Program Workshop

Hosted by Humanities & Sciences

209 East 23rd Street, Room 302


12 - 1pm

Finding your Balance and Personal Wellness

Hosted by Student Health and Counseling Services

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


2 - 3:30pm

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names: F-L

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


7:30pm

SVA Amazing Race

Get to know the SVA community and win prizes!

Hosted by VASA

Meet at 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Thursday September 1, 2016

10 - 11am

International Student Panel Discussion

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


10 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names: M-R

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


11am - 1pm

Adjustment Skills and Workshop for

International Students

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


2 - 4pm

Academic Advisement Open House

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


2pm

SVA Library Tour

For international students.

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


2:30 - 4pm

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names:S-Z

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


3pm

SVA Chelsea Gallery Open House and Tour

601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor


8pm

Karaoke Night

Sing Karaoke and win prizes!

Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


*SVA IDs can be obtained from the Registrar's Office 9am - 5pm located at 205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor.

Friday September 2, 2016

10 - 11am

Health Insurance Information Session

For domestic students.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


11am - 12pm

Health Insurance Information Session

For international students.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


11am - 12pm

SVA Library Tour

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


11:30am - 1pm

Community Resources Fair

Meet local vendors and learn about their services.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


8pm

Neon Night

Dance Party.

Hosted by VASA

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


Saturday September 3 - Sunday September 4

Activities and tours around NYC will be available for incoming students.  Space is limited for activities and sign-up is required for all events.  An email will be sent from Student Affairs in August with information on how to sign-up for activities.

Incoming Graduate Students

Graduate students are welcome to attend most events within the full Orientation schedule. Below are some events recommended and required for graduate students:



Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-In

See assignement email for date/time details.


10am - 3pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


Monday August 29

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


Tuesday August 29

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor

2 - 3:30pm

Safety in the City

Knowing your resources, tips on how to stay safe,

and consent. Attendees will be entered in a drawing

for a Campus Store gift card!

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


Wednesday August 31

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

205 East 23rd Street, Registrar's Office, 1st Floor


10 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names: A-E

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


12 - 1pm

Finding your Balance and Personal Wellness

Hosted by Student Health and Counseling Services

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


2 - 3:30pm

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names: F-L

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


Thursday September 1 - Required events for Graduate Students, see below

10 - 11:30am

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names: M-R

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


2pm

SVA Library Tour

For international students.

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


2:30 - 4pm

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Financial Aid recipients.

Last names:S-Z

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


3 - 4:30pm

International Graduate Student Orientation

Mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


5pm

Graduate Student Orientation

Attendance required.

Refreshments served at 4:30pm

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


6pm

Graduate Student Reception

Enjoy a special evening with fellow

incoming graduate students.

Light fare and drinks will be served.

601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor, SVA Chelsea Gallery


Friday September 2

10 - 11am

Health Insurance Information Session

For domestic students.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


11am - 12pm

Health Insurance Information Session

For international students.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


11am - 12pm

SVA Library Tour

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


11:30am - 1pm

Community Resources Fair

Meet local vendors and learn about their services.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


1 - 5pm

Critique Workshop

International Graduate Students ONLY.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

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