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New Students

A New Student is a degree-seeking student who has applied and been admitted to the College in an approved degree or certificate program

How to Register

STEP 1: Admission, Readmission, and Assessment

Admission A student who plans to enroll in an approved degree or certificate program at SUNY Orange must apply and be admitted to the college. Admission is open to all applicants who are graduates of an accredited high school or recipients of a state high school equivalency diploma. Students without a high school or equivalency diploma can apply to take their G.E.D. through the Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Readmission is for former SUNY Orange students who have not attended for one semester or longer.

For applications please contact the Admissions Office at (845) 341-4030.

First-time degree-seeking students participate in a required Course Placement Test to determine skill levels in reading, writing, and mathematics. All students taking the Course Placement Test are required to pay a $25 non-refundable fee prior to taking the test. If the student enrolls at SUNY Orange, payment of this fee can be applied toward tuition. Transfer students who have successfully completed a college level English or Math course with a C (2.0) or better may apply for a waiver of Assessment. Waiver of the Course Placement Test does not guarantee transferability of the credits.

For further information on dates and times of the Course Placement Test and/or to apply for a waiver of assessment, please contact the Admissions Office at (845) 341-4030.

STEP 2: Financial Aid

A variety of Financial Aid programs are available to qualified degree-seeking (matriculated) students enrolled in approved programs of study. All students requesting aid must complete, on an annual basis, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Upon submission of a completed FAFSA, a student who is a resident of New York State will receive a pre-printed TAP Application from Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). If the student will be attending full time, this application must be completed and returned to HESC to receive TAP consideration.

To avoid delays and to ensure having the financial aid available to assist with payment of tuition and fees, students should begin the application process by filing the appropriate academic year FAFSA as soon as possible. Students who file this application for the Summer and Fall semesters need not reapply for Spring .

For further information about aid programs, contact the Financial Aid Office at (845)341-4190.

Before any financial aid will be awarded:

Final official high school transcript or GED must be on file with the Admissions Office

STEP 3: Immunization

New York State Law requires that all students born on or after January 1, 1957 who wish to enroll for six or more credits in any given semester provide proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.

In addition, all students, regardless of age, must sign and return the Meningitis Response Form. See instructions in this course schedule.

All vaccinations must be with live virus given 1968 and on or after the student's first birthday to be acceptable.

See Immunization Record Form in the printed college course schedule or download it from the schedule on the web site.

For questions about immunization requirements and acceptable documentation contact the Wellness Center at (845) 341-4870.

Immunization records must be on file in Wellness Center prior to registration (Step 4).

STEP 4: Attend a New Start (or Restart) Session

New Start Workshop

All newly admitted students must attend a New START workshop (Student Advising and Registration Tutorial).Students must complete the first portion of the workshop online and attend the second portion on campus. The link to the registration page for the campus workshop will be provided at the end of the online workshop. Students will meet with an Academic Advisor to create a course schedule.The online portion of the New START workshop will last approximately one hour. Please plan to complete the workshop in one sitting. When complete, students will be able to schedule the in-person portion of the New START workshop. Please plan two and a half hours on campus to complete the New START workshop, meet with an Advisor and register for classes. Please bring a valid photo ID and arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. Due to limited space, only students are permitted to attend the workshop (no parents or children).

The goals of this workshop are:

  • To introduce students to college resources and support services
  • To explain basic academic policies and procedures
  • To set academic expectations
  • To explain the necessary steps in the Registration process
  • To introduce students to their plan of study and course requirements
  • To better prepare students for their advising conversation with Advisors

Students will be able to schedule a New START workshop when the following criteria have been met:

To schedule a New START workshop, students should log in to their MySUNYOrange account, click on the Student Academics tab and check the Accepted Students Checklist box. When eligible, the link to sign up for a New START workshop will be live. The Admissions Department will also send an email with the sign-up link.If you have any questions about your invitation to sign up for a New START workshop, please contact the Office of Admissions at (845) 341-4030. 


ReStart WorkshopsAll students who have been readmitted to SUNY Orange, have been away from the college for a year or more, AND are on academic probation are REQUIRED to attend. What is the ReSTART workshop?This is a workshop designed to help students become familiar with college resources, financial literacy, and services available to them at SUNY Orange. The workshop is designed to offer strategies for academic success and financial wellness. Who must attend?You are considered a RESTART student if you have been away from the College for a year or more AND You are on academic probation (cumulative GPA is lower than 2.00) The Restart Workshop is entirely online. Approximately 7-10 days after you recieve your acceptance letter, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the workshop.After you have completed your workshop contact 845-341-4642 to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with a Restart Advisor.

STEP 5: Advisement and Registration

Currently enrolled degree seeking students must meet with and obtain permission (signature) or on-line registration PIN (if applicable) from their assigned advisor to schedule classes each semester. Office hours are posted by each faculty member's office door. Please refer to the steps for in-person and online registration at the Academic Advising website

Priority registration is available for currently enrolled students; check the schedules for each semester for exact available dates.For students with official majors in the Health Professions and Exercise Studies programs, and students who have completed 30 credits or more, some dates for priority registration are also posted. View registration schedule on the Course Schedules page for listing of dates.

New matriculated students will be invited to early register at a slightly later available date with advising at the Academic Advising office, provided they have been assessed and present proof of immunization; please check the schedules for dates.

Readmitted students can early register with the assistance of their advisor or the Academic Advising Office; please check the schedules for dates.

Non-matriculated students do not need the signature of an advisor and can early register according to the date in the schedule for the semester they wish to register for. Students interested in advisement should contact the Academic Advising office at (845) 341-4070.

Registration for all students is listed in the schedule for each semester.

Late registration for all students continues until a pre-arranged date for each semester, usually through the first week of classes.For more information regarding registration dates and times, please contact the Registration Office at (845) 341-4140.

STEP 6: Payment and Proof of Residency

Starting with Fall 2017, it is required to make payment arrangements by the deadline or you will be dropped from your upcoming registered courses. Visit the SUNY Orange Student Accounts webpage, and click the "Protect Your Courses" button for more information. Payment Options include cash, money order, check, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card), finalized financial aid, third-party contracts, or the payment plan. Make a Payment on-line make a payment by credit card or ACH, or set up a Tuition Payment Plan.

**Please note: SUNY Orange does not accept any payments, including credit cards, by telephone. The Schedule of Tuition and Fees Residency Information : To qualify for New York State resident tuition rates, a student must have maintained a legal residence in the state for one year and in the county for six months both immediately preceding the day of the semester. Proof of residence is required at the time of registration. An application for Certificate of Residence, along with the instructions for filling it out, can be found in the course schedule publication, or on the Student Accounts web page by clicking the "Residency Information" button.

STEP 7: Changes to Schedule

A Drop/Add occurs when students who have completed registration make changes to their schedules. For degree-seeking matriculated students, an advisor’s signature is required.Student may add open semester courses and/or change sections with the signature of an advisor until the deadline published in the semester's course schedule; after that deadline, the instructor’s signature, department chair’s signature and the registrar's signature is also required. Check each schedule for exact date.Fees may be charged for dropping and adding courses. See the schedule for exact fee amounts.Students seeking to register for a closed (filled to capacity) class are required to obtain permission from the instructor, the department chair and the registrar.Students may drop a course by the deadlines listed in the Registration Calendar.Important: Students who decide not to pay or attend after they have already registered for classes must complete a Drop/Add form and submit it to Student Services Central at the Middletown or Newburgh campus. Students will incur a tuition liability if they fail to withdraw on or before the start date of the semester.* Students who have unmet financial obligations to the College or who have failed to comply with college requirements, such as proof of immunization, will not be permitted to register, receive or send transcripts, or provide proof of enrollment to other agencies/institutions until the stop/hold is cleared with the issuing office.