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New ‘Nole Family Checklist

Your student is #NowANole! We are so excited to welcome you to the Seminole family. We know the transition between high school and college can be difficult, so to make it easier we have provided a checklist to help new families get ready and know what’s going on at Florida State University!

  • Register for Orientation    
    • Make sure your student has registered for New Student Orientation via their MyFSU account. More information about Orientation is available at https://dos.fsu.edu/newnole/orientation.
    • Once your student has registered, they can also add parents, family members, and guests to their registration. There is a fee for all guests, which covers meals and programmatic materials for Orientation. Family members are highly encouraged to attend (usually one family member attends with each student).
    • Make hotel reservations for Orientation.
    • Brainstorm a list of questions to ask at Orientation.
    • Complete the Online Pre-Orientation by visiting: https://newnole.orientation.fsu.edu/. Family members can create a new account and learn more about FSU before attending Orientation (Please note: students are required to complete the Online Pre-Orientation and should sign in using their MyFSU account information. If they complete it as a guest, the hold on their account will not be removed from their account). 
    • Contact the New Student & Family Programs if you have any special accommodations during Orientation. Your student can also update this as they register for Orientation.
  • Help your student complete the free application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Sign up to receive Family Connection’s e-Newsletter so you can stay in touch with all things FSU!
  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for daily updates!
  • Talk with your student about expectations and other big issues. Make sure to include:
    • academic expectations
    • time management
    • finances/budgets
    • social involvement
    • safety and travel
    • alcohol and drugs
  • Explore the New Student & Family Programs website and the Family Connection website to learn about your student’s new home and how to support them during their time at FSU.
  • Set up a budget with your student to avoid any unexpected expenses.
  • Send your student an encouraging note through the Notes to Your ‘Nole program.
  • Help your student start a packing list as they prepare to move on campus.
  • Call or e-mail us with any questions you may have! (850) 644-2785 or family@admin.fsu.edu