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Registering For Orientation

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Orientation takes place throughout three scheduled overnight sessions in the month of June. Each incoming new undergraduate student must attend an Orientation session. Registration is encouraged as soon as possible to reserve your desired spot.

These 2022 dates are:

  • NSO Summer Session 1: Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 14, 2022
  • NSO Summer Session 2: Thursday, June 16 – Friday, June 17, 2022
  • NSO Summer Session 3: Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 23, 2022

Register for New Student Orientation today at

You will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your registration did not go through.

We encourage students to register as soon as possible for a greater likelihood they will be able to reserve a spot in their New Student Orientation session of choice.

To provide for the best experience for our incoming students each Orientation session has a limited number of spaces available. Once registration spaces are filled students will need to register for the next available session. If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email or call the Center for Student Engagement at (914) 633-2360.

Simply revisit and re-register with the changed date or updated information as soon as possible. Our system will automatically change the session date or update numbers of guests or family members that may be joining you. All changes should be made by May 31 at the latest. If for some reason you cannot change your session date, please email us at

If you are having difficulty with the online Orientation registration process, please feel free to email your full name, contact number and date requested to

If for some reason you are unable to attend a required New Student Orientation session, please email us at so we may work with you on a case-by-case basis.


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Yes, all incoming freshmen spend the night on-campus during June New Student Orientation sessions. There are many reasons to stay overnight in the residence halls! Besides being a lot of fun, the evening activities end late at night and we recognize it may be difficult to commute back home at that time. Social activities in the Orientation schedule are meant to create bonds among the incoming students and introduce students to the places and resources on campus. The second day of the orientation program there is an early wake up for more orientation sessions.

Staying on campus even if you are going to commute in the fall, allows you to meet many other students and truly gain a better understanding and feel for the Iona campus & community. If you have questions or concerns, please contact or call (914) 633-2360.

Yes, you will share a room during your stay.

Orientation checklist:

  • Sleeping bag or extra-long twin sheets;
  • Comforter/blanket
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Pajamas/clothes to sleep in
  • Change of clothes for evening activities
  • Change of clothes for Day 2 (a t-shirt for Day 2 is provided!)
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Picture ID
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Any medication needed
  • Print out of your class schedule
  • Health Immunization forms
  • Optional: Your laptop, so you can connect your device to Iona's wireless network before class begins

Iona identification photos will be taken at a schedule session during New Student Orientation. Commuter students may complete a Parking Permit request online.

Yes, please let your orientation coordinator know when you arrive that you have dietary restrictions or food allergies. You should also speak with the Dining Services Staff of Chartwells on site. The Orientation registration form also allows space to include this information.

Yes, all sessions and workshops are mandatory. They were planned with a purpose and will provide students with important information to make your transition to Iona a success. Sessions are interactive and a lot of fun! They are a great way to meet other Gaels!

If you have a schedule conflict, it is highly recommended that you choose another orientation date, so that you do not miss any of the important sessions/activities that occur during orientation. If something unexpectedly occurs, please speak with an orientation coordinator for assistance. All students are expected to check in during Orientation Registration/Move-in, and check out during the designated check-out time.

Please go to the Center for Student Engagement located on the second floor of the LaPenta Student Union directly upon your arrival to campus. If you have any questions, please call (914) 633-2360 or email

Please feel free to contact the Iona help desk to assist you at (914) 633-2635.

Getting Here

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Yes, you may bring your car to campus for Orientation. Temporary parking for unloading and drop offs will be offered in the parking lot communicated closer to the date of the event. Students and parents must then park their cars in the parking garage.

Yes, there is a bus located right outside of the campus on North Ave. The Metro North Train also runs through downtown New Rochelle. Iona College's Gael Express will be available upon request by contacting or contact Campus Safety directly at (914)633-2560.

Parent/Family Orientation

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Parent and Family Orientation occurs on the first day of each of the June summer orientation sessions. While the Parent/Family Orientation is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended. This orientation provides parents with campus information including but not limited to: wellness and safety, financial services, and campus resources.

No, parents/guardians do not stay on campus. The College has arranged for a discounts at the Residence Inn New Rochelle located at 35 LeCount Place New Rochelle, NY 10801.

Use the code GAELNATION2022 to receive 15% off the retail room price.

Please visit our Life in New Rochelle page for a list of additional hotels in the area.