Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation

How do I access BannerWeb?
  1. In Banner Webclick Continue, then click on: Enter Secure Area
  2. Login: Enter your Social Security Number - e.g., 999999999 - or your Alfred State Student ID Number (begins with 800), and your login PIN.

First Time Users

Login to Banner Web using your student ID #, which begins with 800. If you do not know this, you can use your SS#. Your student ID # and initial PIN will be sent to you after applying to Alfred State. It will be mailed to the address listed on your application.

After you enter your user ID and PIN, you will be asked to create a new login PIN (six characters, alpha, numeric digits, or a combination of both.) This screen will ask you to re-enter your initial PIN (which is randomly generated) and then enter your new six-character PIN, and to verify your new PIN. Click on Login.

Returning Users

Use the login PIN number you created the first time you used the system. If you have forgotten your PIN, enter your User ID (Social Security # or your 800 Student Number), and click on Forgot Pin. Your self-established hint question will appear. When you answer this question correctly, Banner Web will allow you to reset your PIN. Please remember your response to your hint question is case sensitive.

NOTE: WHEN CREATING YOUR NEW LOGIN PIN, BE SURE TO MAKE IT: 1) easy to remember, and 2) a six-character alpha-numeric PIN. The feature requiring you to submit a self-established hint question and answer will assist you if you forget your PIN in the future.

How important is it for parents to attend?

Alfred State College believes that appropriate parental involvement is an essential component of student success. For many, the anwer to this question depends upon the individual family and its student.

I am a transfer student. Do I need to attend Orientation?
It is recommended that you do. Not all colleges have the same academic policies and procedures. Orientation will familiarize you with Alfred's way of doing business.
Since I will be attending classes in Wellsville, why do I need to attend the sessions in Alfred?

Even though you may be attending the School of Applied Technology in Wellsville, you are still an Alfred State student. Certain policies and procedures that will be covered during Orientation are important and pertain to all students.

What does the Orientation fee cover?

Orientation isn't a moneymaker. The costs passed on to you are for printing, postage, student staff, overnight accommodations, and the programs and activities that occur during summer Orientation and for fall start-up activities.

Is orientation mandatory?

It is very strongly encouraged. There is an abundance of information that needs to be passed on to new students with orientation being the primary way of providing this information to them. In addition, students will schedule classes and have their pictures taken for their campus ID cards. The $100 orientation fee will be assessed whether or not the student participates in orientation.

Students enrolled in the Health Information Technology and Coding & Reimbursement Specialist programs will receive an e-mail with login information for an online orientation course which is mandatory.

Is the orientation fee part of my tuition bill?

Yes. All full-time new and transfer students (excluding Internet students*) will be assessed a mandatory $100 orientation fee on their tuition bill. Optional guest, sibling, and accommodation fees should be processed online using BannerWeb when you register for orientation.

*All new and transfer Health Information Technology and Coding & Reimbursement Specialist students will receive an e-mail with login information for an online orientation course.

My son/daughter is working. How important is it for him/her to be at Orientation?

Usually, college costs more than a student earns in a few extra days of work. There is an incredible amount of information that new students need to be made aware of. Orientation is the best way of getting this information to new students. Also, one of the main components of the student's day will be to schedule classes.

My student needs to take a placement test. How do I make these arrangements?

Please contact The Learning Center for information and to set up an appointment for placement testing.

Does the Short Line bus schedule allow me time to finish the entire orientation agenda?

The bus schedule does not allow time for you to complete the orientation program including registering for your fall classes.  If you are arriving by bus, it will be necessary for you to stay overnight an additional evening in order to be able to participate in the entire day's program.  Please contact the Orientation Office by phone: (607) 587-3114 or e-mail:

Can I get my textbooks while I’m there for Orientation?

Students can check which textbooks are needed after registering for fall courses but it is recommended that you get your textbooks after the first day of classes. Most students use their Campus Spending Account to acquire textbooks and supplies. This account does not become active until after academic registration.