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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 2016 and Spring 2017 Orientation events can be viewed in the slide show above.


Information about the Fall 2017 Orientation schedule appears in the accordions below.  Please continue to check this page for updates to events.  Questions? Contact the Office of Student Affairs via email at [email protected], or by phone at 212 592 2214.

Undergraduate - Orientation events schedule

Continue to check this tab for updates to events. Fall 2017 Undergraduate Orientation will host events from Saturday, August 26 (residential students only) through Sunday, September 3.


SATURDAY AUGUST 26

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-in

See assignment email for date/time details.

See posted flyers for evening residence hall events.

Floor/Building Meetings Required for all Residents - See flyers for time/location


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 27

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-in

See assignment email for date/time details.

See posted flyers for evening residence hall events.

Floor/Building Meetings Required for all Residents - See flyers for time/location


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 - 1:30pm

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.


1:30pm

Presidential Parents Welcome

For parents and guardians ONLY.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre (Silas theater)

Complimentary shuttle service will be offered from the Metropolitan Pavilion to the SVA Theatre for this event.


1:30pm

I am an Artist

Join VCS Chair, Tom Huhn, in a discussion on

art practice and how you define yourself as an artist.

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

Complimentary shuttle service will be offered from the Metropolitan Pavilion to the SVA Theatre for this event. 


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 in front of their residence hall.



MONDAY AUGUST 28

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 Program

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center  


1:30 - 2:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & 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 Brazil,

Latin America, China & India ONLY.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

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


5:30 - 6:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet: Session B

Please ask your OL for details.


6:30 - 7:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & 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 29

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


Undergraduate Departmental Meetings

Attendance is required.

10am   

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 - 133/141 West 21st Street, Room 1104C

Photography & Video: Stephen Frailey, Chair - (First-time freshmen only) 214 East 21st Street, Room 612A

11:30am         

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 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.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


2pm       

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


1 - 4pm        

SVA Library Open House

380 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor


4:30 - 5:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & Greet: Session D

Please ask your OL for details.


5:30 - 6:30pm     

Orientation Leader (OL) Meet & 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).

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



WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30

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 - 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 & Counseling Services.  

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.

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


5:30pm           

SVA Amazing Race   

Get to know SVA and the community; win prizes!

Hosted by VASA.

Meet at 217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


8pm           

Comedy Night   

Featuring comedian Erin Foley.

Hosted by VASA.

333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre



THURSDAY AUGUST 31

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 Tour    

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


2:30 – 4pm       

Academic Advisement Open House

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center 


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


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 23 Street, Student Center



FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1

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


7pm           

Karaoke Night

Sing karaoke and win prizes!

Hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership.

217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Graduate - Orientation events schedule

Continue to check this tab for updates to events. Fall 2017 Graduate Orientation will host primary events on Thursday, August 31 and Friday, September 1.  Other recommended events are listed below.


SATURDAY AUGUST 26 & SUNDAY AUGUST 27 

9am - 4pm

Residence Hall Check-in

See assignment email for date/time details.

See posted flyers for 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 28

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

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



TUESDAY AUGUST 29

9am - 5pm

SVA IDs Issued

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 30

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       

Finding Your Balance and Personal Wellness  

Hosted by Student Health & Counseling Services.  

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 31

10 – 11:30am        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal 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 - 3:30pm        

Financial Aid Workshop

For Federal Aid recipients.

Last names: S-Z

209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


3pm           

International Graduate Student Orientation

Mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 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 SEPTEMBER 1

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 - 4pm       

Critique Workshop - International Graduate Students Only

133/141 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Activities schedule: Friday September 1 - Sunday September 3

Continue to check this tab for information about Fall 2017 Orientation activities which will require sign-up. Students will receive information at their SVA email account about how to sign up for available activities via EventBrite, including the necessary log-in information. All activities are free and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Activities are reserved for incoming students participating in Fall 2017 Orientation only. For questions about activities, please email [email protected]

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