New Student & Family Programs

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About Orientation

Who attends orientation?

First–year & Transfer Undergraduates

Orientation is required for all new degree-seeking undergraduate (first–year and transfer) students in order to receive academic advising and clearance for course registration.

Family Members of New Students

Family orientation programs are held concurrently with all student orientation sessions. We encourage family members to participate in orientation so they can best support their student in reaching college goals, gain important information about the University's policies and resources, conduct business, and receive answers to questions.

Non–Traditional Undergraduates

If you are planning to take all evening courses, you are a state employee, an adult learner, or full–time employee, you may call New Student & Family Programs to obtain information about a possible in office orientation sessions. In office orientation sessions are typically offered the first day of classes. Students will not qualify for course registration until they have completed an orientation session.


How do you register for orientation?

Orientation registration occurs online through the myFSU portal at https://my.fsu.edu. The website allows for student and family/guest registration with online payment. Space in an orientation session will not be held and your reservation is not saved until payment has been received. Space for each orientation session is limited and available on a first-reserve basis. All orientation fees are nonrefundable. All payments must be made through the orientation registration system, which can be accessed through the myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu).


When is orientation?

Summer Semester

  • First–Year/Lower–Division Transfer Students (FTIC/LD)
    First-year/lower-division (less than 60 credit hours) transfer students attend a two-night/two-day session. To see the specific session dates, log into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu).
  • Upper–Division Transfer Students (UDT)
    Upper-division (60+ credit hours) transfer students attend a single day session. To see the specific session dates, log into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu).
  • Housing accommodations are not offered for Upper Division Transfer Sessions.

Fall Semester

  • First–Year/Lower–Division Transfer Students (FTIC/LD)
    First-year/lower-division (less than 60 credit hours) transfer students attend a two-night/two-day session. To see the specific session dates, log into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu).
  • Upper–Division Transfer Students (UDT)
    Upper-division (60+ credit hours) transfer students attend a single day session. To see the specific session dates, log into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu).
  • Housing accommodations are not offered for Upper Division Transfer Sessions.

Spring Semester

  • First–Year/Lower–Division Transfer Students (FTIC/LD)
    First-year/lower-division (less than 60 credit hours) transfer students attend a two-night/two-day session. To see the specific session dates, log into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu).
  • Housing accommodations are not offered for Spring semester orientation sessions.
  • Upper–Division Transfer Students (UDT)
    Upper-division (60+ credit hours) transfer students attend a single day session. To see the specific session dates, log into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu).
  • Housing accommodations are not offered for Upper Division Transfer Sessions.

How will I receive information about orientation?

We email students an orientation invitation shortly after they have been admitted to Florida State University. Upon admission, students will have access to register for orientation through the myFSU portal (my.fsu.edu). After the orientation registration fee has been paid, an orientation confirmation email is sent to the student's FSU email account containing details about orientation.


I've registered for orientation, now what?

After you have paid for your orientation registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing details about your session. This confirmation includes your date(s), orientation schedule overview, what to bring to orientation, housing and orientation reminders, family orientation, and parking reminders.

Additionally, be sure that you have reviewed and completed all of the items on the New 'Nole website. A few of these items are discussed below:

Activate Your Permanent FSUID & FSU Email – Welcome to myFSU Portal!

Much of the business students will conduct with the University will be done through myFSU portal (https://my.fsu.edu). Once logged into myFSU portal, you will be able to easily access Student Central (course search/enrollment), your FSU email account (where FSU will communicate with you regularly so be sure to check this often), and Blackboard (our academic courses management system). Academic and non-academic resources, financial information, course search/enrollment, and other tools are easily accessible through your customizable one-stop myFSU portal. You must activate your permanent FSUID and create a pin to access these services in addition to your FSU email account and course search/enrollment. You may activate your permanent FSUID, FSU 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.

Health History/Immunization Form & Health Insurance Verification

All new students must present proof of immunizations and health insurance before they will be cleared to register for classes. These requirements are strictly enforced by the University. The Health Information/Immunization form can be downloaded HERE. The online Health Insurance Verification process can be completed HERE. If you have questions about either of these requirements, please call 850.644.6573.

Parking & Transportation

Students will be sent an email to their FSU email address that includes a parking permit to be used during the orientation session, a campus parking map, and a link with directions to campus. During the academic year, all students pay a transportation fee as part of their tuition/fees which provides access to campus and city bus service and a student parking decal. Parking decals (or an orientation parking permit) are required when parking in non-metered spaces. Parking decals for the academic year may be obtained by a student via the Transportation Services website (http://transportation.fsu.edu/Parking) after he/she has registered for classes. Please familiarize yourself with campus parking rules to avoid citations.

Changing Your Major

If you are a first-time/lower-division transfer student, you can request to change the major you declared on your admissions application. You can do so through the Change Form on the Office of Admissions website (http://admissions.fsu.edu). All other transfer students may request to change the major declared at the time of application, if you meet the admissions requirements of the new major, by emailing the Office of Admissions. Written comments should include your full name, last four digits of your social security number, and the name of the new major you are requesting.

Final Transcripts & Transfer Credit

Send an official copy of all transcripts, CLEP, IB, and AP test results to the Office of Admissions and consider bringing an extra copy of each (just in case) with you to orientation. If you took college coursework in high school, you must request that the college send an official transcript to Florida State University's Office of Admissions. The same goes for any transfer coursework you are trying to declare from other colleges and universities.

Getting Your FSUcard

The FSUcard may be obtained anytime after you have been accepted to the University, including during orientation. The $10 fee for your initial FSUcard will be assessed with your first semester's tuition. The FSUcard and its many uses will be discussed at orientation.


What accommodations are available for those attending orientation?

If assistance is needed during orientation, a special accommodations request can be submitted through the online orientation registration system or by contacting New Student & Family Programs. These accommodations cover a wide array of needs, such as language interpretation, visual, auditory, physical, and dietary to name a few. New Student & Family Programs will provide reasonable accommodations if requested one week before the scheduled orientation date. If a request is made without one weeks's notice, accommodations will be met as possible.

Students, if you need permanent or temporary learning or physical accommodations while attending Florida State University, please contact the Student Disability Resource Center, located at 97 South Woodward Avenue, 108 Student Services Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167. Contact numbers are 850.644.9566 (Voice) or 850.644.8504 (TDD).

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