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Early–Arrival Orientation

2017 Early–Arrival Orientation Program Information

Florida State University recognizes that certain student populations may benefit from additional programming and an opportunity to network with other students similar to themselves. As a result, select orientation sessions held in the summer will offer free, optional early–arrival programming prior to the start of the regular orientation schedule. These programs will cater to the needs of out–of–state students and students starting at FSU with 40 or more hours of academic credit. If you belong to either of these categories but cannot attend an early–arrival program, don't worry. The first year/lower–division transfer orientation program is designed to still meet all of your needs without attendance at an early–arrival program. Each early–arrival program occurs 1:00 p.m. — 5:45 p.m. prior to orientation check–in at 7:00 p.m.


The early–arrival programs are open to students and family members attending orientation with their student. Florida State University offers early–arrival programs for two student populations: out–of–state students and academically accelerated students starting FSU with a significant (40+) number of earned academic college credit hours. For the purpose of early–arrival orientation programs, we define "out–of–state student" and "academically accelerated students" as follows:

  • Out–Of–State Students: Regardless of legal Florida residency status used to determine rate of tuition, this includes any student who graduated from high school outside the State of Florida.
  • Academically Accelerated Students: Freshmen/lower–division transfer students who anticipate starting college at FSU having already earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree or 40+ academic college credit hours (approximately 10 classes) by exam (AP, IB, AICE, CLEP) or dual enrollment.

Early–Arrival program schedules available soon!


Early–arrival programs will only take place prior to the start of select first year/lower–division transfer orientation programs. You must be pre–registered for a corresponding orientation program before RSVPing to attend an early–arrival program.

SUMMER 2017 Admitted Freshmen/Lower–Division Transfer Students:

  • Out–of–State Early–Arrival Program — Wednesday, May 24 (student must be registered for the May 24–26 orientation)

FALL 2017 Admitted Freshmen/Lower–Division Transfer Students:

  • Out–of–State Early–Arrival Program — Wednesday, June 7 (student must be registered for the June 7–9 orientation)


To RSVP for a FREE early–arrival program you must first be registered (including payment) for the freshmen/lower–division orientation program which corresponds to that early–arrival orientation program. It will not be possible to participate in both the out–of–state and academically accelerated early–arrival programs as they do not occur during the same orientation sessions. Space in early–arrival programs is limited just like it is for specific orientation program dates. If you wish to attend orientation on specific dates or participate in an early–arrival program you are encouraged to register for orientation and RSVP for the early&ndsash;arrival program ASAP. The deadline to register for an early–arrival session is May 1, 2017.

Out–of–State Early–Arrival Session Registration »

*Please note sessions with low registration rates are subject to cancellation*


If you brought a car please park in orientation parking (white lined student spaces) at the University Center, Building A. Remember to follow all parking regulations and to place your orientation parking permit on the dashboard of your car. If you requested luggage storage when you completed the RSVP above, please proceed to Degraff Residence Hall to store your luggage between 1–1:30 p.m. Check–in for your early–arrival program will be held from 1:30–1:50 p.m. (location for 2016 sessions will be announced when registration opens). Please download this map to assist with getting around when you arrive:

Campus Map for Early–Arrival Sessions (PDF)


If you have questions about the Out–of–State or Academically Accelerated Early–Arrival Programs, please contact New Student & Family Programs.

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