Student Life and Student Services

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Hudson Valley's New Student Orientation provides incoming students with helpful information and resources to ensure their smooth transition to college. On-campus and online orientation options are offered prior to the start of the fall or spring semesters.

By participating in New Student Orientation, students will:

  • receive a brief introduction to the college
  • learn about academic and student support services; activities, clubs and organizations; and college athletics
  • be introduced to WIReD (the Web-based tool to complete and track course registration, financial aid, scheduling and bill payment), Blackboard (online learning platform) and other online resources for students
  • get a college ID; manage immunization records with College Health Services staff and take a guided tour of the campus (*on campus option only)

Who Needs to Participate in New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is required for new students matriculating into a degree or certificate program. (This includes new high school graduates and also those who have not attended college after graduating from high school or obtaining a GED/HSE.)

Students are invited to participate in New Student Orientation once they've been accepted to the college and after completing or being waived from academic placement testing. Academic advisement may occur before or after Orientation.

Transfer students and students in the Chemical Dependency Counseling certificate and degree, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, EMT-Paramedic certificate, Nursing and Surgical Technology certificate and degree programs will receive academic advisement and orientation within their academic departments before the semester begins. Students in these programs are required to attend the program-based orientation events instead of the college's New Student Orientation.

How to Participate in New Student Orientation

On-campus Orientation will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students may schedule an Orientation session using the Student Registration Form or walk-in. Orientation takes approximately one hour, with additional time if an optional tour is included.
NOTE: Students need to bring a photo ID (a driver's license, high school ID or a government-issued photo ID) with them to participate in Orientation.

To participate in New Student Orientation in an online modality, call (518) 629-7705, email, or visit the Orientation Office located in room 316 of Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center.

We ask that students attend New Student Orientation by themselves since the focus of the presentation is about their college success. Transfer students, parents and families are invited to attend special information sessions specifically designed for them.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions about New Student Orientation to learn more.

Student Registration Form
Note: You will need your college-issued username and password to access this form. Complete the Username and Password Request Form if you need to request a new one.
Parents/Family Registration Form
Attend a special information session specifically developed for parents/families.

Academic Advisement and Course Selection

New students will need to meet with an academic advisor to select/schedule their courses for the first semester. See the New Student Academic Advisement webpage for more information.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, call (518) 629-7705, visit FTZ 316 or email

For assistance with WIReD or general enrollment information, please contact the Registrar's Office at (518) 629-7700.

If you or any member of your family require reasonable accommodations or an interpreter for Orientation activities, please contact the college's Center for Access and Assistive Technology at (518) 629-7154 or TDD (518) 629-7596.

Hudson Valley does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, qualified special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, sexual orientation, and all other categories covered by law.