Things To Do & Consider Prior to Attending Orientation
Florida State University looks forward to welcoming you as one of our newest 'Noles! Transitioning into an academic community can be both exciting and overwhelming. To assist in the transition, the University encourages you to take the following steps before arriving on campus for your required orientation program. This site can function as a helpful check–list if you complete them in order.
Activate Your Permanent FSUID & @myFSU Email Account
Welcome to myFSU Portal!
Much of the business students will conduct with the University will be done through myFSU (https://my.fsu.edu). Once logged onto myFSU portal, you will be able to easily access myFSU Student Central (for student accounts and course search/enrollment), your @myFSU email account (where FSU will communicate with you regularly - check this often), and Blackboard (academic course management information). You may activate your permanent FSUID, @myFSU email account, and enter the myFSU portal as soon as you have been admitted to Florida State University. You will not have access to course enrollment as an undergraduate student until you have successfully completed orientation. For more information about your FSUID, please visit the FSUID Management page.
Join the @FSUorientation Conversation on Twitter! People who love FSU also enjoy talking (and "tweeting") about FSU! Follow @FSUorientation and @FSU_Family on Twitter to join the Seminole Conversation. Share what you're learning, how much you love FSU, or ask a question via Twitter.
The official 2015 orientation hashtags are: #FSUorientation, #FSU19, #FSUfamily, and #FSU. Don't forget to also follow the official Twitter account of Florida State University, @floridastate. Remember that electronic messages, including Twitter, are considered public and will be viewed by all members of the University community. All messages must be appropriate, positive, and in compliance with the Student Conduct Code.
Register for New Student Orientation
The Office of New Student & Family Programs sends an electronic Pre–Orientation survey to all incoming students and guests registered for orientation. These surveys help us learn more about your needs for a successful transition. We ask that you complete the Pre–Orientation survey within a week of attending your session!
Log–In & Review your Online Status Check Frequently
Log into the online status check to review your application/admission decision status, confirm your Florida residency status for tuition rate purposes, confirm that you're coded for the correct academic major, and MORE! You should check your online status once a week to see what has changed or is outstanding:
Manage your Admissions Decision & Information
- Pay your Admissions Deposit by the deadline (summer and fall freshmen admits only).
- Use Admissions Online Status Check frequently to verify your residency status, major, health immunization & insurance compliance, and more.
- Complete the required steps to declare Florida Residency, if applicable.
Complete Health History/Immunization Information Compliance
- As an incoming student you are required to complete the Health History/Immunization Compliance Forms (including immunizations information) and return them to University Health Services before you will have access to course registration.
- After submitting the Health History/Immunization Compliance Forms use the Online Status Check or call the Heath Compliance Office in University Health Services (850.644.3608) to confirm your records are complete and clearance has been granted. Bring a back-up copy of this paperwork with you to orientation.
Complete Health Insurance Verification Waiver or Purchase Compliance
Florida State University requires full–time students to have health insurance. You must either enroll in the University–sponsored plan or provide proof of comparable health insurance coverage.
- If you elect to enroll in the University–sponsored plan, charges will be assessed to your student account, and the cost of meeting this requirement will be included in your financial aid considerations. To learn more about the mandatory health insurance requirement and the costs associated with the University-sponsored plan, click HERE. Students registering as less than full time are not required to show proof of health insurance. Contact the Health Compliance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in clearing the insurance waiver if you will be registering as a part–time student.
- You are required to prove appropriate health insurance coverage via the online verification waiver or arrange to purchase the University–sponsored plan. Do this before orientation; as soon as possible.
Research On–Campus Housing
- Complete a contract for on-campus housing as early as possible after you have been accepted to the University.
- Apply to live in one of the seven Living–Learning Communities (LLCs), where first–year students with a shared major or interest live in the same residence hall community and learn together in small classes taught by a full–time faculty member. Each LLC has a different theme which may be as specific as a single major such as "Nursing" or as broad as the theme of the Bryan Hall Learning Community, "Exploration and Discovery." Admission to each LLC is competitive, based on a short application, and open to all first–year students (i.e., first year of college after high school graduation regardless of how many acceleration/college credits you have earned). Many prospective students apply for more than one community to increase their chances of being selected. For more details and to learn about all seven LLCs visit housing.fsu.edu/Quicklinks/Living-Learning-Communities.
- If not living on campus, make other housing arrangements in Tallahassee early.
Apply for Financial Aid & Bright Futures Awards
- Apply for financial aid as early as possible each year. You can apply as early as January 1 using estimated income and tax return information.
- If eligible, apply for Bright Futures (while in high school) and notify Bright Futures which university you are attending.
Prepare for Class Enrollment: Preview myFSU Student Central
During your FSU orientation experience, you will be taught how how to access and use FSU's online academic systems, including myFSU Portal, @myFSU email, your financial aid and account statement/payment information, myFSU Student Central (class search & enrollment functions), and more. While we will teach you this information at orientation, we know that some new students may learn better or feel more confident reviewing this information prior to orientation. Before coming to orientation, we strongly encourage you to review the PowerPoint and training video we have developed to begin explaining how to use these features, including how to navigate class search and enrollment functions (pay attention to the notes provided for each slide in the PowerPoint to further explain the features highlighted on that page). If anything is confusing, don't worry — we are going to explain it all in more detail during orientation.
New Students Do Not Have Access to Class Enrollment (registration) Until They Have Completed All of Their Scheduled Orientation Session — You will Have an Orientation Hold In Place Until Orientation is Completed & the Requirement is Lifted by New Student & Family Programs. Review the myFSU Class Enrollment & Online Resources PowerPoint & Training Video.
Before Academic Advising at New Student Orientation
- Read the Academic Life section of New 'Nole.
- Bring any information you have about possible college credit including: AP, IB, AICE, CLEP (scores or a list of tests taken); Dual enrollment (college transcripts or list of courses); Transfer credit (transcripts or a list of courses).
- Incoming freshmen should review the following engagement opportunities available:
Know your Rights & Responsibilities as a Student
Higher education is one of society's freest of institutions. The community standard at The Florida State University, which guides conduct and influences policy is called Responsible Freedom. Responsible Freedom acknowledges that you have the right to justice and public order as well as the responsibility to protect the rights and privileges of fellow community members. Familiarize yourself with frequently used policies and guidelines which govern the student experience at Florida State University, including the Academic Honor Policy, Study Conduct Code, and other administrative policies/rules: Student Policy Handbook.
Title IX Notice
As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, FSU is required by Title IX to ensure that all of its education programs and activities are free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Additionally, the Florida Educational Equity Act prohibits discrimination in schools based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or marital status. FLA. STAT. § 1000.05 (2011). All members of the FSU Community should be familiar with the institution's equal opportunity, compliance, and complaint reporting policies as well as their rights under these policies: Office of Equal Opportunity & Compliance & Title IX Co–Coordinators.
Get Started with Technology at FSU
Florida State University offers a lot of technology support and resources for students. Learn about these resources and how to access your online services/information by visiting Information Technology Service's New Student Page.
Participate in an FSUchat Session Online
Florida State University hosts scheduled online chat sessions for new students and family members to talk with current students and representatives from University departments and programs. Participating in an FSUchat is a great way to get your questions answered while learning all about life at FSU, including University programs or services. Chat topics and moderators change frequently; learn more about upcoming chat events and register for your username by clicking "FSUchat".
Learn about the Student Veterans Center & Access Your Educational Benefits (if applicable)
Did you know that Florida State University is quickly becoming the most student veteran friendly University in the country? Whether you are an active service member, veteran, dependent of a veteran, or supportive member in our Seminole community, you should be aware of the many ways FSU is supporting the success of veterans at FSU and celebrating their active role on our campus. Learn about the Florida State University Student Veterans Center and how you can support its mission by visiting the website. If you're a new student veteran or a qualifying dependent of a United States veteran who plans to use your educational benefits under the GI Bill, begin that process now by selecting the "Veteran and Dependent Educational Benefit" link on the Veterans Center website.