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Orientation Dates

What are the dates of Orientation?

Orientation looks different and occurs at different points of the year based on several factors:

  1. The term for which a student has been admitted to start at the University
  2. A student’s admissions classification (first-time-in-college, lower-division transfer, or upper-division transfer)
  3. A student’s intended major
  4. Any special programs the student has been admitted to or special conditions for their admission

Orientation sessions usually occur on weekdays because the University offices, faculty/staff members, academic advisors, and other services required to assist students and family members are not available on the weekends.

Generally speaking, Orientation sessions are offered:

Admit Type/Term Program Length Time of Year
Spring Transfer/FTIC 1 day, no overnight October, November, January
Summer FTIC 2 day, overnight late May, early June
Summer Transfer 1 day, no overnight March, early May
Fall FTIC 2 day, overnight June, July
Fall Transfer 1 day, no overnight late March, early May, July, August

Orientation sessions have a limited capacity of students allowed to attend each session. Space for each orientation session is available on a first-reserve/payment basis. Once an orientation session has been filled, it will no longer appear online as a registration option. Orientation session availability is always changing and different for each student based on:

  1. A student’s term of admission, admissions classification, major, and status within special programs
  2. Who has already registered before the student and therefore which sessions have already closed because they have reached capacity
  3. What students have since cancelled their admission with the University (opening up space in a previously closed session) or moved their reservation to a different available date

Since session availability is always changing and based on the profile of an individual student, New Student & Family Programs does not provide a list of all orientation sessions. To see specific information regarding which session dates are still available for registration, you must log into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal.

Keep in mind that a reservation in a specific orientation session is not guaranteed without completed payment. (NOTE: All online orientation payments must be made through the orientation registration system). First-time-in-college/freshman students admitted for the Summer or Fall terms are required to pay a $200 admissions deposit which confirms your intended enrollment before you will have access to register for orientation. The admissions deposit must be paid by May 1. Students must register for New Nole Orientation by May 5, 2023, otherwise, a student's admission is subject to cancellation.

Special Populations

FIRST YEAR ABROAD/First Semester Abroad

All First Year Abroad (FYA) and First Semester Abroad (FSA) students are required to attend a mandatory iPre-Depart meeting. If FYA/FSA students get a message to register for New Nole Orientation, please disregard as you will be registering directly with International Programs. iPre-Depart registration is not handled through the main campus orientation registration process. The meeting is mandatory and will cover everything from academic policies and procedures, academic advising, class registration, packing tips, and finances to study center specifics and safety. It will also provide students with the opportunity to meet and form relationships with fellow FYA participants. Family members are welcome. By attending, you will get the information you need before departing on your study abroad experience. When you return to Tallahassee main campus, you will attend New Nole Orientation at that time. If you do not attend the mandatory orientation, the orientation hold will be added to your account preventing you from registering for classes in the future or adjusting your class schedule during Drop/Add. This hold will remain in place until you have completed the orientation requirement.


Students who are a part of the Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement (CARE) Summer Bridge program will attend New Nole Orientation in mid-June at the designated CARE Orientation session. Students will receive more information about CARE Family Orientation via email in April. Please make sure to monitor your FSU email regularly.