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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. Pictures from Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Orientation events can be viewed in the slide show above.


Fall 2018 Orientation

Information about the Fall 2018 Orientation schedule appears in the accordions below.  Please continue to check this page for updates to events. PDF versions of the schedule are available for download on the left side of this page.

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Affairs via email at [email protected], or by phone at 212 592 2214.

Undergraduate Orientation events schedule

Please continue to check this tab for updates to events. Fall 2018 Orientation will host events from Saturday August 25 (residential students only) through Sunday September 2, 2018.


Saturday August 25

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-in

See assignment email for date/time details.

See posted flyers for required evening residence hall events.


9am - 5pm

Campus Store Open House

Raffle at 3pm.

207 East 23rd Street, 1st Floor


10am - 3pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

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


4:30pm

Navigating Your Neighborhood

Resident students meet in front of their residence hall.




Sunday August 26

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-in

See assignment email for date/time details.

See posted flyers for required evening residence hall events.


9am - 5pm

Campus Store Open House

Raffle at 3pm.

207 East 23rd Street, 1st Floor


10am - 3pm

SVA IDs Issued

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


11am – 1pm

Welcome Luncheon

All students and their families welcome.

110 West 19th Street, The Metropolitan Pavilion

Complimentary shuttle service will be offered from 209 East 23rd Street to the Metropolitan Pavilion for this event.


1pm

Welcome to NYC Bus Tour

Be an NYC tourist! Take a guided bus tour of your new home away from home.

Sign-up required. For students ONLY.

Buses depart from the Welcome Luncheon. Tour ends at 209 E. 23rd Street.


1:30pm

Presidential Parents Welcome

For parents and guardians ONLY.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

Complimentary shuttle service will be offered for parents/guardians from the Metropolitan Pavilion to the SVA Theatre for this event; and return service to 209 E. 23rd Street at the conclusion of the program. Shuttle service will also be offered for students from the Metropolitan Pavilion to the 209 East 23rd Street area at the conclusion of the Welcome Lunch.


3 - 5pm

SVA 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.




Monday August 27

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

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


9:30am

Opening Program

Last names A - M

Attendance is required.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


10:30am

Opening Program

Last names N - Z

Attendance is required.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


12pm             

Commuter Student Panel Discussion

Learn how to navigate life at SVA from fellow commuter students.

Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center  


1:30pm     

Big City, Small Wallet

Get the most out of the Big Apple while spending the least.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


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 Brazil,

Latin America, China & India ONLY.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

Students from China will be meeting in the Silas theater. Students from Brazil, Latin America and India will be meeting in the Beatrice theater.

5:30 - 6:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet: Session A

Please ask your OL for details.   


6:30 - 7:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet: Session B

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 28

9am - 5pm         

SVA IDs Issued

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 - 6pm        

Campus Store Open House

Raffle at 3pm.  

207 East 23rd Street, 1st Floor


Undergraduate Departmental Meetings

Attendance is required.

10am   

Animation: Mary Lee Grisanti, Acting Chair - 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre (Silas)

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 - 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre (Beatrice)

Interior Design: Carol Rusche Bentel, Chair - 133/141 West 21st Street, Room 1104C

Photography & Video: Joseph Maida, Chair - (Transfer students only) 214 East 21st Street, Room 612A

11:30am         

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

Computer Art: Jimmy Calhoun, Chair - 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre (Betrice)

Film: Mary Lee Grisanti, Acting Chair - 333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre (Silas)   

Photography & Video: Joseph Maida, Chair - (First-time freshmen only) 209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

Visual & Critical Studies: Tom Huhn, Chair - 133/141 West 21st Street, Room 402C   

12pm

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


 1pm        

Who’s Who in Your Crew?

Come meet other LGBTQA+ identifying students and build your squad.

Open to all regardless of identity.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

 

1 – 2pm        

Honors Program Welcome 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.

340 East 24th Street, 24th Street Residence, Media Room


1 - 4pm        

SVA Library Open House

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor

 

2pm       

Safety in the City

Knowing your resources, tips on how to stay safe,

sexual respect and consent. Attendees will be entered in a drawing

for a Campus Store gift card!

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


3:30pm       

I am an Artist

Join 3D Design Chair, Kevin O’Callaghan, for a journey

through iconic exhibitions created by SVA students

and explore how you define yourself as an artist.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

 

4:30 - 5:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet: Session C

Please ask your OL for details.                       

 

5:30 - 6:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet: Session D

Please ask your OL for details.    

 

6 – 7:30pm       

Student Engagement and Leadership Open House

Learn about opportunities 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

Black Student Union

ISO: Cultural Partner Program


8:30pm       

Game Show Madness!  

Hosted by Resident Assistants (RAs).

340 East 24th Street, 24th Street Residence. See flyers for details.




Wednesday August 29

9am – 5pm     

SVA IDs Issued

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


10 - 11:30am        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Aid recipients.

Last names: A-E

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

 

10 – 11:30am       

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       

Keys to Success: Balancing School, Work, and Life at SVA

Wellness tips from Student Health & Counseling Services staff.  

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

 

2 – 3:30pm        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Aid recipients.

Last names: F-L

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

 

4pm           

The Road to Academic Success

Don’t just survive the classroom and studio, THRIVE!

Learn valuable tips from academic advisors.

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

 

5:30pm           

SVA Amazing Race   

Team up with fellow students in a scramble across 23rd Street

and the SVA campus. Win prizes!

Hosted by VASA.

Meet at 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


 

8pm           

Comedy Night!

Featuring comedian Erin Foley.

Hosted by VASA.

Doors open at 7:30pm

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre




Thursday August 30

10 – 11am       

International Student Panel Discussion   

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

 

10 – 11:30am        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal 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       


2pm           

SVA Library Open House   

For international students.

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor

 

2 - 3:30pm        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal 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  


3pm 

Your Career Starts Now

Learn about career counseling, internships, and

on-campus recruitment events.

Career Development Team Panel.

136 West 21st Street, Room 418F


4pm 

SVA Stands Together

Learn about the SVA resources available to help your

friends and yourself when things get stressful.

Hosted by Student Health and Counseling Services

340 East 24th Street, 24th Street Residence, Media Room


4pm 

Tips, Tricks, Do’s and Donuts!

For transfer students.

Hear from and talk with a panel of seasoned

SVA transfer students. And have donuts!

136 West 21st Street, Room 418F

 

7pm           

Drag Queen Bingo

Join NYC's #1 Bingo Queen for a night of laughs and prizes.

Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center




 

Friday August 31

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 – 1pm       

SVA Library West Open House    

133/141 West 21st Street, Lower Level

 

11:30am – 1pm   

Community Resources Fair      

Meet local vendors and learn about their services.  

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


7pm           

Karaoke Night

Sing karaoke and win prizes!

Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Graduate Orientation events schedule

Please continue to check this tab for updates to events. Fall 2018 Graduate Orientation will host primary events on Thursday August 30 and Friday August 31.  Other recommended events are listed below.


Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-in

See assignment email for date/time details.

See posted flyers for required evening residence hall events.


10am - 3pm

SVA IDs Issued

Required for entry into ALL SVA buildings.

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


9am - 5pm

Campus Store Open House

Raffle at 3pm.

207 East 23rd Street, 1st Floor




 

Monday August 27

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

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




Tuesday, August 28

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

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


2pm       

Safety in the City

Knowing your resources, tips on how to stay safe,

sexual respect and consent. Attendees will be entered in a

drawing for a Campus Store gift card!

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


 


 


Wednesday August 29

9am – 5pm     

SVA IDs Issued

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


10 - 11:30am        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Aid recipients.

Last names: A-E

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


12 - 1pm       

Keys to Success: Balancing School, Work and Life at SVA

Wellness tips from Student Health & Counseling Services staff.  

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


2 – 3:30pm        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Aid recipients.

Last names: F-L

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater




Thursday August 30

10 – 11:30am        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Aid recipients.

Last names: M-R

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


2pm           

SVA Library Open House  

For international students.

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


2 - 3:30pm        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Aid recipients.

Last names: S-Z

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


2pm           

International Graduate Student Orientation

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

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


3:30pm           

International Graduate Student Q&A with Current Students

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre


5pm           

Graduate Student Welcome Program

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

Complimentary shuttle service will be offered from the SVA Theatre the SVA Chelsea Gallery for this event.



 


Friday August 31

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 – 1pm       

SVA Library West Open House    

133/141 West 21st Street, Lower Level


11:30am – 1pm   

Community Resources Fair      

Meet local vendors and learn about their services.  

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


1 - 4pm       

Critique Workshop

International Graduate Students ONLY.

136 West 21st Street, Room 418F

Activities Schedule

Incoming students received information at SVA email account on Wednesday August 15, about how to participate in activities which require sign-up via EventBrite and the necessary log-in information. For questions about activities, please email [email protected], or call Student Affairs at 212 592 2214.


Things to keep in mind:

Activities are reserved for incoming students participating in Fall 2018 Orientation only.

All activities are free to students and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Your SVA ID is required for most activities.

If you require special accommodations for an activity, please email [email protected].

If you can no longer attend an event you have registered for, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite by clicking here.



Activities List (sign-up required):

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - Departing from Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street)

Welcome to NYC Bus Tour, 1pm

For students ONLY. Tour ends at 209 E. 23rd Street.

Sign-up required - through this link!



Friday, August 31, 2018 - Departing from Student Center (217 East 23rd Street)

For details and to reserve your spot for one of the following, click here.


2:00PM Museum Trips:

New Museum

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum


2:30PM Museum Trips:

Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Whitney Museum



Saturday, September 1, 2018 - AFTERNOON - Departing from Student Center (217 East 23rd Street)

For details and to reserve your spot for one of the following, click here.


4:30PM Walking Tours (Meet at the Student Center):

Comic Book Crawl

Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo


5:00PM Walking Tour (Meet at the Student Center):

East Village, St. Marks Vintage Shops



Saturday, September 1, 2018 - EVENING - in the Student Center (217 East 23rd Street)

For details, click here.


7:30PM Movie Night - Watch a selected film from SVA Alumni.



Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Departing from Student Center (217 East 23rd Street)

For details and to reserve your spot for one of the following, click here.

10:30AM Volunteer at the Housing Works Bookstore

11:00AM Beach Trip: Coney Island

11:00AM Arts at the Park: Central Park

1:30PM Volunteer to do one-on-one art projects with youth with disabilities. Co-hosted by KEEN. (Program at the Student Center)



For questions regarding any of these activities, email [email protected], or call Student Affairs at 212 592 2214.

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