FAQ: Graduate Student Life

Does SUNY Polytechnic Institute offer an orientation program to new graduate students?
New graduate students are required to complete SUNY Poly Essentials, an online orientation program. Login information is sent to new students by the Graduate Admissions Office once enrollment has been confirmed.  Please note that international students are required to attend an in-person orientation program the week before classes begin.

Can students have cars on campus?
Yes, students can have cars on campus and are required to pay a parking fee. Parking is convenient to classrooms and residence hall facilities.

What other means of transportation does a student have available to them? Local bus service is available on campus. Amtrack and Greyhound service is available to and from the city of Utica and air travel is provided through either Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, or Albany International Airport in Albany. For most campus-sponsored events taking place off-campus, free bus or van transportation is provided on a space-available basis.

Are students required to purchase a meal plan? Resident students are required to purchase a meal plan and commuters may also opt to purchase a meal plan. Sodexho Dining Services offers a variety of meal plan options to accommodate both resident and commuter students.

Where and when can I eat on campus? Sodexo food service provides breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday in our main dining hall located in the Campus Center. Students can also stop into the Student Center for a meal or quick snack at a variety of times throughout the day using the additional points from their meal plan.  Items such as cereal, milk, bread and other snacks can be purchased at the campus bookstore with cash, check, or credit card.

Is there an infirmary or health facility on campus? The Wellness Center is located in the Campus Center, Suite 217. The Wellness Center offers a wide range of health care services including routine healthcare, physician and nurse practitioner visits, health counseling, medications, blood pressure monitoring, referral information and much more. In addition, there are three hospitals within ten minutes of campus.

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