You don't start your new life as a Bonnie alone. We partner with you every step of the way with programs and services that ensure your smooth transition to college life.
Orientation is an opportunity to learn about everything that St. Bonaventure has to offer — both in and out of the classroom. All incoming freshmen and one guest are encouraged to attend one of our Orientation sessions to be held this summer.
Please note that separate orientation programs are conducted for transfer students beginning studies in the fall semester, and for new students enrolling for the start of the spring semester in January.
In-person freshman Orientation sessions set for July
Multiple orientation sessions will be held in July. All incoming students, along with one guest, are strongly encouraged to attend one of the programs.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Bonaventure University has successfully navigated health and safety guidelines while offering residential, in-person classes for the past year. We intend to build on our success by offering our traditional, in-person, on-campus, overnight orientation experience this summer.
Each two-day Orientation session begins in the morning of Day 1 and concludes after lunch on Day 2. An online Orientation experience is available as well. Complete schedules for students and parents for both in-person and online sessions will be available from this site as the dates near.
As social distancing and on-campus density recommendations continue to evolve, our priority remains the health and safety of our community. If we need to adjust the Orientation schedule, our staff will communicate with you regarding alternative plans. Again, our goal is to ensure the safest way for you to become a Bonnie!
Save these dates for Summer Orientation 2021
- Session 1: July 12-13
- Session 2: July 14 (Online only)
For students who live too far away from campus to attend an in-person session
- Session 3: July 15-16
- Session 4: July 19-20
- Session 5: July 22-23
Select your dates for Orientation 2021
The All Bonaventure Reads initiative selects a book for presentation to first-year students at Orientation. As their first official assignment freshman year, students read the book and write a reflective essay. Selected essays are published in a hardcover book. The book is discussed in a first-year seminar course (see SBU 101 below), and the author is invited to campus to meet with students and give a public talk.
Peer coaches are upperclass students who succeed in the classroom and want to help incoming students do the same by helping them make the transition to college life and encouraging them to get involved in campus activities.
Coaches are empowering, positive, academically savvy, mature, responsible, engaged within the university, open and honest. They are committed to helping all freshmen have a great first year experience by helping them connect with the campus community.
Your peer coach will contact you by e-mail in August to introduce himself or herself and begin to answer any questions you have about starting out at SBU. You will meet your peer coach during Welcome Days activities. (Learn about Welcome Days in First-Year
Student FAQ below.)
How do I register for Orientation? What and when are Welcome Days? How do I sign up for classes? Answers to these and many other questions.