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Mission and Vision

Student Orientation and Family Engagement strives to provide incoming Lakers and their family supporters a successful transition to SUNY Oswego through innovative initiatives, engaging programs, and cultivating collaborative relationships with campus partners that will allow our community to thrive.

SOFE is a sector of the Division of Student Affairs. Visit the DSA website to learn more about everything they offer to our students.

Division of Student Affairs

"We're changing lives, we're transforming lives, we're igniting possibilities... We are the keepers and the stewards of that promise."



Justin Dickerson

Marano Campus Center 145T
Email [email protected]
Kate Dongahue, Coordinator - Student & Family Transitions
Coordinator - Student & Family Transitions

Kate Donaghue

Marano Campus Center 145X
Email [email protected]
Coordinator - Student Orientation & Success, Maddy Knaack
Coordinator - Student Orientation & Success

Maddy Knaack

Marano Campus Center 145Y
Email [email protected]

Signature Programs


View our Academic Calendar.

Summer Orientation 2024 dates: June 27, July 1, July 8, July 12, July 15, July 17, July 19

Downstate Orientation 2024 dates: July 26, July 27, July 28

Laker Launch

The week before classes begin, first-year students are welcomed on campus to help become more acquainted with campus life. Sessions about campus partners are offered, while providing fun-filled opportunities for Lakers to experience why they get to call Oswego “home.” Past years have involved Campus Picnics, carnival activities, and more!

Family & Friends Weekend

October 18th - 20th, 2024!

Family & friends are invited to visit SUNY Oswego during an October weekend to get acquainted with your Laker’s home-away-from-home. This weekend is packed with fun events to keep the whole family entertained. Hockey games, tours, and movie screenings are all offered free of cost.