Orientation FAQ

Enrollment (Fall 2012)

  • Total full-time enrollment: 2307
  • Total part time enrollment: 280
  • Total full time undergraduate: 1618
  • Total part time undergraduate: 185
  • Total full time graduate: 689
  • Total part time graduate: 95
  • Resident students: 371
  • Average class size: 17
  • Student to faculty ratio: 14:1

Contact Medaille

Buffalo Campus
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 880-2000
(800) 292-1582

Rochester Campus
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 272-0030
(866) 212-2235

Entance to Medaille's Main Building at Sunset


Q. What is Orientation and why do I have to attend?

YES. Orientation attendance is required for all incoming first-year students. Orientation is your formal introduction to the Medaille community. During these two days, you will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students and begin to make life-long friends, learn about your community responsibilities, establish yourself in the intellectual life of the campus, find out about people, places, and programs, and have fun and prepare yourself for discovery!

Our goal is to help you make the transition from high school to college. The more familiar you are with the Medaille's expectations of freshmen, the more likely you are to be successful in your first semester. You will also be introduced to campus life and services.


Q. Who is required to attend orientation?

All new first-year students planning to enroll at Medaille in the Fall 2013.


Q. When is Orientation?

Orientation is always the weekend before school starts on Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day.


Q. How long is the program?

Orientation starts on Saturday, August 31st  at 2:15 p.m. and ends on Sunday, September 1st, 2013  from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you are a commuter, you will attend both days, but do not stay overnight.


Q. Do I have to attend the entire two-day session?

Yes, you must attend the entire two-day session.

Every part of the two-day session is important to your success at Medaille. When Orientation is over you will have a better idea of how the various Medaille offices and procedures work together. Attending the entire session means that you will have fewer stressful moments when classes begin in September.


Q. When do I arrive on campus and what do I need to check-in?

You will arrive on Saturday, August 31st at 2:15 p.m.. Check in starts at 2:15 p.m.


Q: How do I get Orientation information mailed to me?

All admitted first-year students will automatically be mailed information in early July. If you have not received any information, call (716) 880-2218 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m-3 p.m.


Q: Should my family and friends attend?

We invite you to bring your parents as we have a Parent Orientation program and Convocation, which occurs on the first day or your two-day session. They will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn about campus services and activities, and meet faculty.

During Orientation, some sessions will have both parents and students while other sessions are separate. Friends and siblings who attend will follow the Parent Orientation schedule.


Q: Who can I call with questions?

The friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to answer your questions. Call (716) 880-2218 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Q. Are meals included with Orientation?

The two-day program includes a dinner on the first day. If you are a commuter, you will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner on the second day.


Q. What if I decide to change my major after being admitted?

If you wish to change
majors before Orientation, you should notify the Office of Admissions (716)


Q. When do classes begin?

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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