Kim Pagano

Welcome to Daemen University! We hope this site can serve not only as a clearinghouse of orientation information, but also as a way for us to interact with you and keep you informed as our exciting program gets closer. On this website you can register for summer orientation, meet the student orientation leaders, and e-mail us directly.

Daemen University offers orientation programs for first year students, transfers and families. The goal of orientation is to develop and coordinate programs that promote academic success, promote personal and social development, and to provide students and families with information about services, support systems and issues facing college students.

Kimberly M. Pagano
Assistant Dean for Student Engagement
(716) 839-8200                                

Orientation Leaders


Spring New Student Course Registration

January 12
Contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor for details at or 716-839-8225.
Spring Semester Classes Begin January 26
Summer Transfer Orientation & Registration Days June 16 or August 18
International Student Orientation Please email Global Programs for details.
First Year Student Orientations July 21/22 or July 25/26
Parent & Guardian Orientations July 21 or July 25
New Resident Student Move-in September 3
First-Year Student Meetings September 4
Fall Semester Classes Begin September 6
We plan to hold the summer orientation on campus on the dates listed above.  If you are purchasing tickets for transportation to the campus for the event, we would advise waiting until closer to orientation or purchasing tickets which are refundable or offer travel insurance in the event that we may need to change the timing or structure of new student orientation due to the pandemic. As always, our decisions will continue to be made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community in mind.



Mission and & Goals of Orientation

The purpose of the Summer Orientation Programs has been to provide new students and their families with an all-inclusive introduction to Daemen University that will ease their transition into the academic and social community of the institution. Furthermore, it is the goal of the Orientation Programs to provide students and their families with greater access to the services, information, and assistance needed to best prepare them for their progression into the University.

In essence, therefore, the mission of a new student orientation is to:

  1. Assist new students (and their respective families) in their successful transition to the institution to which they have enrolled.
  2. Expose new students to the broad educational opportunities at their institution including both academic and co-curricular experiences.
  3. Contribute and aid in the appropriate retention of students at Daemen University.
  4. Promote a heightened awareness and respect for campus diversity and increase the sense of community.
  5. Provide information and opportunities for self-assessment and future development.

Orientation provides a simple yet thorough introduction to those basic transition needs that all students face. The programs affords new students with information and access to services that address these transitional needs. As an intensive beginning to their university career, orientation addresses and responds to the following immediate needs and concerns of first-year students and their families:

  1. Environmental Adjustment:
    Where does one live, sleep, eat, study, negotiate the campus and its resources, feel safe and secure, etc?
  2. Personal and Social Adjustment:
    How does one make friends, network with other students and campus personnel, and become a part of the university community?
  3. Academic Adjustment:
    What classes will one take? Where does one study? What does one need to do to be a successful student? Where does one go for academic assistance, and how does one access these services?
  4. Cultural Adjustment:
    How will one's values, belief systems, and cultural knowledge be enhanced and challenged as a result of attending the institution? How does one develop and grow in this new environment? What are the campus expectations and values that one is expected to respect and maintain?