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Florida State University

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
    • 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.
    • 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 monthly 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.
  • Check out the Family Connection Blog!
  • 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

The Dean of Student Department supports an inclusive academic environment through education, empowerment, crisis management, and advocacy of students in collaboration with campus and community partners.

We welcome students and family members to connect with the Dean of Students Department if you are experiencing a crisis or just need someone to talk through a problem or experience you are having at Florida State University.

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