New Student Orientation 2014

August 21 – August 24

Welcome to the Canisius College Class of 2018 and new transfer students!  We are excited that you have chosen to become part of the Canisius College family, and we’re looking forward to providing you with a solid beginning to your undergraduate education. To this end, we have designed a New Student Orientation program to take care of this all-important first step in your college success.


Our mandatory 4-day summer New Student Orientation (NSO) program for all incoming undergraduate first year and transfer students will take place Thursday, August 21 - Sunday, August 24, 2014. The New Student Summer Orientation program includes resident student move-in day, a student services fair, New Student Convocation, an academic day, a student life day, various workshops, nightly entertainment, as well as multiple opportunities that will build community and tradition among all students. 

In an effort to assist you with your transition to Canisius, we strongly encourage you to attend the entire 4-day program.  However, we have designed the program to meet your busy lifestyle.  Please note the following requirements for New Student Orientation:

  • Freshmen students are required to attend Thursday, August 21– Saturday, August 23, 2014. Although highly encouraged, Sunday, August 24 will be optional.
  • Transfer students are required to attend Thursday, August 21, Friday August 22 to Sunday, August 24 will be optional.  However, we hope that you will continue to participate in the events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday including the Student Clubs and Organizations Fair on Saturday. 
  • Adult Students (Adult students are students 22 years of age or older).  We encourage adult students to take advantage of the entire orientation schedule.  However, to assist you with your transition to Canisius, we suggest that you follow the Transfer Student schedule located on the myCanisius portal.
  • Parents and families are invited to attend and participate in the New Student Orientation activities on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Orientation Fee

The orientation fee will be applied to your fall tuition bill and is non-refundable. The New Student Orientation fee for the summer orientation program is:

  • Freshmen - $250 per student (fee includes up to 2 guests)
  • Transfers - $150 per student (fee includes up to 2 guests)

Guests are welcome to attend the orientation events on Thursday, August 21, 2014.  If you choose to bring more than two guests, there will be a non-refundable charge of $30 for each additional person. Payment for additional guests, if any, must be made online at the time of registration through myCanisius and may be made by credit card or e-check.


Registration for the summer 2014 New Student Orientation program will only be available online through myCanisius, the new student portal beginning April 15, 2014. You will need your Canisius username and password that was issued to you at the time of your acceptance by the Admissions department. If you do not know or have misplaced your username or password, please contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk at 716-888-8340. 

Once logged in select the box titled “New Student Orientation” on the left hand side of the screen and follow the directions listed on the page. In order to accommodate the needs of all students and families, it is important that you register online by August 7, 2014.

New Student Orientation Schedule

A complete and detailed New Student Orientation schedule will be available early August.  You can download a tentative schedule from myCanisius under "Schedule of Events" tab in the New Student Orientation section of the portal.

Canisius College Student ID Cards

All students are required to have a GRIFF PASS, a Canisius College Student ID Card. You are required to submit/upload your photo for your student ID by August 1, 2014.

To submit your photo log into myCanisius with your username and password, “click” on the Upload ID Card Photo button located on the left hand column of the portal page, and follow the directions listed.

You will be notified by email once your photo has been approved. Your student ID card will be available for pick up at the Student Services Fair at New Student Orientation.


During NSO you are eligible to win many prizes by attending the various presentations, luncheons, and workshops throughout the 5 days. (At the NSO check-in tables you will receive your sheet of raffle tickets that you can redeem for the raffles. Also refer to the NSO program that you will receive at check-in, for the eligible prize give-away sessions).

Grand Prize

At the end of New Student Orientation, two (2) lucky students will each win a $500 bookstore gift card to use towards books for the spring semester.

Attention all International (non-Canadian) and Exchange Students

Please DO NOT REGISTER for New Student Orientation via the portal. It is required that you attend the mandatory International Student Orientation in early August (date to be determined).  For more information on International Student Orientation, please contact the office of International Student Programs (ISP) at 716-888-2784 or visit the ISP website.

For more information regarding summer New Student Orientation please do not hesitate to contact us at (716) 888-2175 or via email at