Class of 2026 Orientation

The Macaulay staff and faculty are excited to meet you. We’re working hard to prepare for your arrival and have designed a series of activities to help you transition to life as a Macaulay student.

Orientation is the kick-off event to your First Year Co-Curricular Experience. All Orientation activities are required and will take place in person on August 21–24. 

  • Please upload your vaccination information to CUNYfirst by August 15th
    You will need to present your Cleared4 pass. View more vaccination details.
  • Complete the Orientation Questionnaire by July 29th
  • Receive Club Macaulay and Macaulay Honors College App credentials
    Log-in instructions will be sent in early August.
  • Complete Pre-Orientation session and activities prior to the first day of Orientation on August 21st
    Log-in credentials will be sent early August.
  • Get to know your peer mentors and Macaulay Crew
    Starting in early August, you will be assigned to your Macaulay Crew, a group of other incoming students, and a peer mentor, who will help you transition into college and stick with you during your time at Macaulay. You will be able to chat with the group through Club Macaulay or the Macaulay Honors College App.
  • Receive Your Macaulay Laptop
    Your Macaulay laptop will be shipped to the address that you submitted at Due July 17th
  • Get to know your Cultural Passport
    Cultural Passport IDs issued by John Jay College (524 West 59th St. New York, NY 10019 – Walk-ins only). Learn about your Cultural Passport and the days available to pickup ID here.

Pre-Orientation Sessions

Complete Pre-Orientation session and activities prior to the first day of Orientation on August 21. Details will be provided to you in early August.

Day 1: Macaulay Crew Day

Sunday, August 21
1:30PM – 5PM
John Jay College

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The emphasis of Day #1 of orientation is on community building, skills building and class bonding, and will be held at John Jay College, led by Macaulay student leaders.



John Jay College
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

How to get there: 
By Subway
Take the 1, A, B, C or D to the 59th street – Columbus Circle

*Please note new location for Macaulay Crew Day: John Jay College

What the day will be like

You will be walking in small groups of about 15 students at John Jay College throughout the day. For most of the day you will participate in team building activities that may include running, lifting, jumping, and maybe even dancing. Be prepared for a fun, active day!

What to wear during the event:
This is a rain or shine event. You will be spending all day outside. Dress appropriately for the weather (bring sunblock) and for a physically active day. It’s best to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that may get dirty and sneakers or athletic shoes. No sandals please! Bring lots of energy, a sense of adventure.

How to prepare for the event:
Please eat lunch before you arrive. Food will not be available on campus. Bring a full bottle of water!

It is very important for our staff to know about any medical issues that might affect your participation in any way. Please include any medical concerns or allergies. All correspondence will be kept strictly confidential.

Day 2: Community Resource Day

cMonday, August 22
10:30AM – 4:30PM
John Jay College


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*Your specific campus may also hold a separate meeting between 9:00am–10:00am

Day #2 is your Community Resources Day, and on this day you will meet the Macaulay staff; your Macaulay campus Advisors; representatives from the Macaulay Scholars Council and our numerous Macaulay student organizations; as well as representatives from a select number of our community service partner organizations.

A short break for lunch will be in your schedule during the day. Pack a bagged lunch, purchase lunch at the John Jay Cafeteria, or plan to eat at local stores in the area. Bring a full bottle of water; there will be places to refill on campus. See more information about lunch at Orientation Day 2. 

Masks will be required during  your session within the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College.


John Jay College
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

How to get there: 
By Subway
Take the 1, A, B, C or D to the 59th street – Columbus Circle

Day 3: IDEA Day

Student with laptopTuesday, August 23 or Wednesday, August 24
Macaulay Honors College
Times and date vary by campus – see details below.

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Get ready for an exciting end to Macaulay orientation that will prepare you for the semester ahead. Gather in-person at the Macaulay building with your new classmates, and meet members of the  Teaching and Learning Collaboratatory Fellow (TLC). The TLCs–doctoral candidates from the CUNY Graduate Center–will be an important source of information and mentorship, and is here to help you take control of technology and help you along your intellectual journey. The directory linked above has contact information for TLCs, as well as a schedule of support hours for the Macaulay community. You are always welcome to reach out directly to the TLCs working with your class, or any member of the team.

In this interactive session, you will have a chance to look at and analyze artworks together, get acquainted with Macaulay eportfolios, and get answers to any remaining questions you have about your new laptop and the digital accounts you need. You will leave feeling ready for your first day of classes!

Learn more about IDEA Day, your TLC, and what to do when you get your laptop.



Macaulay Honors College
35 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023


IDEA Day times are assigned to you on either Tuesday, August 23rd or Wednesday, August 24th. All sessions take place at Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street.

CAMPUS Your IDEA Session appointment time is:
Baruch WED. 8/24, 3–4:30PM
Brooklyn TUE. 8/23, 3–4:30PM
CCNY WED. 8/24, 12:30–2PM
Hunter TUE. 8/23, 10–11:30AM
John Jay TUE. 8/23, 12:30–2PM
Lehman WED. 8/24, 10–11:30AM
Queens TUE. 8/23, 12:30–2PM
CSI WED. 8/24, 10–11:30AM

First Year Co-Curricular Experience

The First Year Co-Curricular Experience is a series of opportunities meant to build connections between new students and help students successfully transition into the Macaulay community.

Club Macaulay

Students can use Club Macaulay to view a complete list of clubs and organizations that are available to join, browse through and register for upcoming events, select what messages to receive from clubs, and more!​

NYC Cultural Passport

Macaulay students receive free admission to hundreds of the city’s cultural institutions.


Macaulay offers special programming for family members who support our students.