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New Student Orientation

Welcome, Cardinals!

Thank you for choosing York College. This summer, before you arrive on campus, you will complete the York Online Orientation course, the virtual component of the New Student Orientation (NSO) program that will familiarize you with campus resources and support systems.

Your next step will be to join us on campus for the in-person portion of NSO, which is an event designed to introduce you to the academic, cultural, and social aspects of student life at York College. You will also learn about various educational opportunities, how to access our services and resources, and your responsibilities as a student. Finally, you will meet other Cardinals and members of the York College family.


NSO 2022

Session Registration is closed.


Tuesday, August 16


Wednesday, August 17


Thursday, August 18

What To Do Now

Click and complete the following steps:

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1- Immunization and Vaccine

Upload all Immunization and Vaccine Forms

Students are required to submit proof of MMR vaccinations and complete the meningitis response form in CUNYfirst. Students taking in-person or hybrid courses must also submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please visit Health Services to upload your documents and for more information. 

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2- Online Orientation Course

Complete the Online Portion of NSO

As a new student, you will be automatically enrolled in the York Online Orientation Course, via Blackboard, designed to prepare you for life at York College. Course modules will introduce you to important campus resources. To access Blackboard, please use the following steps. You must log into Blackboard and go to the “York Online Orientation” site in the “My Courses” panel to complete the program. The online program will be made available until August 15, 2022. Please review the NSO Guide for assistance with the virtual course. Please be sure to complete it by then as it is strongly encouraged for all new students.  

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3- SPARC Training

Complete SPARC Training

To maintain a safe and welcoming college community, all students are required to complete the SPARC online training.  SPARC stands for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response.  It is important that all admitted students to York College for fall 2022 complete this training to continue their enrollment.  Access the online SPARC training.  

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4- FYE Workshops

First-Year Experience Workshops

Summer First-Year Experience (FYE) workshops will provide incoming students with skills and information prior to starting in the fall. Please see below for workshop descriptions and details.

College Communication

Developing professional communication skills is a vital part of college. In this session, students will learn strategies on how to create a positive rapport with professors and peers through effective online and in-person dialogue. The workshop is highly interactive and will result in developing skills that are essential for navigating advising, classroom, and mentoring relationships.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Room 2B03 
  • Wednesday, August 10, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Room 2B03

Register for the College Communication workshop

Growth Mindset 

Are you frustrated or excited by difficult work? When you perform poorly, do you see that as an opportunity to learn or give up? In this workshop students will learn how answers to these questions affect success in college and beyond. Students will collaborate to develop the attitudes, skills, and habit that are vital for thriving in the challenging academic world of college.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m., Room 2B03
  • Wednesday, August 10, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Room 2B03

Register for the Growth Mindset workshop

So You Want to be a Nurse?

What does it mean to be a registered nurse?  In this interactive session, students will receive a comprehensive overview about the profession, the academic curriculum and learn about the exciting opportunities associated with being a York College nursing student.

If you still need to submit your immunization or vaccination paperwork, we encourage you to stay with us after this session on July 26 and 27 where staff from the Health Services department will answer questions and provide individual guidance on how to upload the documents.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Room SC133
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Room SC133

Register for the So You Want to be a Nurse? workshop



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5- Get Connected

Be Sure to Activate Your Accounts

Stay connected by accessing your new student accounts: CUNYfirst, York College Network and Yorkmail / Office 365.  Don't forget to download the York Cardinal App to receive the latest updates and connect with peers.

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6- Mentoring

Sign Up for a Mentor

We encourage you to register for a Peer Mentor.  Adjusting to college can come with a learning curve, and we’ve seen that mentors can help. You'll be able to discuss your experiences at school and beyond with your mentor, as well as access resources that build resilience.  Once you register through the link, the Mentor Collective will contact you with more information.



For general inquiries about orientation, please contact: 

The Welcome Center
Academic Core Building 2nd Floor, Atrium
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451

718 262-2708