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Welcome to the Marist Community! The Office of First Year Programs and Leadership Development provides traditional first-year students with a comprehensive, year-long orientation experience that begins with our New Student Orientation and continues with Welcome Week, First Fall, and a unique, ongoing Mentoring Program. Throughout your first year as a Red Fox and beyond, our office will be here to support you on your academic and personal transition to college.

On behalf of the entire staff of First Year Programs, we are really looking forward to showing you all of the fantastic opportunities we've created to help you get the most out of your first year at Marist. New Student Orientation has both in-person and virtual formats, each packed with exciting and interactive opportunities to learn about life as a Red Fox. From password information to Orientation Registration, deadlines and decisions, to a comprehensive Parent/Family Handbook, this page is packed with important information for entering students and their families.  Please be sure to scroll through the entire page, so that nothing is missed. If you have any additional questions, please email us at

Register: 2024 In-Person Orientation

As students prepare to join the Marist community, sign up for one of our eight single day in person June Orientation days. The program is the same across all days, so students and families can select the date that best fits their schedule:

  • May 31
  • June 1-3
  • June 6-9


Arrival Information for Orientation

Check-in opens at 9:00 am (please be sure to arrive before 10:00 am) in the Murray Student Center.  Please use the South Entrance to the Marist campus and park in the Donnelly Hall parking lot. We have student Orientation Leaders and signage to point out the way to your parking area. The program concludes before 4:00 pm. Our OLs will be taking students to multiple locations throughout the day, so you are encouraged to bring an umbrella in the event of inclement weather, and a refillable water bottle. We suggest that you and your guests dress in casual, comfortable clothing, and please let your parents know that they may wish to bring a sweater as temperatures in the presentation rooms can vary. Additionally, guests may want to bring paper/pen if they would like to take notes during the Orientation presentations. 


2024 Orientation

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Important emails will be sent to your Marist email, so be sure to set up your account and check it often! We've listed some helpful resources below for your Marist Mail. 

Please note: In order to register for in-person Orientation and complete some of the required forms, you will need to log in with your Marist username and password. If you need to reset your password, please click here to follow the necessary steps. 

Required Surveys and First Year Seminar Selection

Entering students are asked to take required surveys to help us know more about your interests and preferences. In the coming weeks, open and close dates will be posted to this page along with the links to complete each required item. Students, please check this page and your Marist email regularly to be sure you don't miss the submission deadlines.  We want to be sure you are “Red Fox Ready!” 

Commuter Student Survey
Deadline Passed

First Year Programs Colin McCann

Housing Application
Deadline: July 1

Housing and Residential Life
Students attending June Orientation are able to tour the residence halls prior to completing the application.
Frequently Asked Questions

Living Learning Communities Application

Housing and Residential Life
Living Learning Communities include:
- Honors*
- Women's Athletic Connection*
- Gender Inclusive
- First Generation
*You must be members of these groups to qualify.

Health Forms for Incoming Students
Deadline: June 30

Health Services

Language Survey
Deadline Passed

Languages/Cultures Interest Survey
Department of World Languages and Cultures, Dr. Patricia Ferrer-Medina, Chair

Athletics Survey
Deadline Passed

Sports Interest Survey
Athletics, Stephen D'Alessandro

Music Program Survey
Deadline Passed

Music Program Survey
Music Department, Mike Napolitano

Religious Preference Survey
Deadline Passed

Department of Spiritual Life and Service: Religious Preference Survey
Department of Spiritual Life and Service

First Year Seminar Preference Selection
Deadline Passed

Review Course Descriptions and make selections



Parent/Family Orientation 

The first year of college, and the summer preceding it, are a time of celebration and change for you and your family. You are an important part of the Marist community, and the role you play in your student's successful transition to college cannot be underestimated! For these reasons, we hold a special Parent/Family Orientation each year that runs concurrently with our student program. Parent/Family Orientation will offer insights into student life, academic resources, campus policies, Parent Council activities, and more. Parent/Family Orientation will occur both in-person and virtually on the same dates as the student program. 



2024 Orientation Parent & Family Handbook