• Photo of the stained glass windows inside of Dodd Hall


Greetings from your Orientation Leaders!

We hope you enjoyed your orientation, and that the program and resources presented will enrich your college experience. If you have questions or need additional information, please e-mail us, your Orientation Leaders. Florida State University offers a rich heritage of traditions, including strong academic programs and an exciting student life, which we hope you will take advantage of while studying in Tallahassee. Get excited for the opportunities that lay ahead and prepare to be WOWed!

Go ‘Noles,

Your Orientation Leaders
or 850/644-2785

Know your Rights & Responsibilities as a Student

Higher education is one of society’s freest of institutions. The community standard at Florida State University, which guides conduct and influences policy, is called Responsible Freedom. Responsible Freedom acknowledges that you have the right to justice and public order as well as the responsibility to protect the rights and privileges of fellow community members. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with frequently used policies and guidelines which govern the student experience at FSU, including the Academic Honor Policy, Study Conduct Code, and other administrative policies/rules. Visit https://dsst.fsu.edu/srr for more information. 

Title IX Notice

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, FSU is required by Title IX to ensure that all of its education programs and activities are free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Additionally, the Florida Educational Equity Act prohibits discrimination in schools based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or marital status. FLA. STAT. § 1000.05 (2011). All members of the FSU Community should be familiar with the institution’s equal opportunity, compliance, and complaint reporting policies as well as their rights under these policies: Equal Opportunity & ComplianceTitle IX. 

Florida State University invites all incoming students to complete two comprehensive educational programs focused on serious issues facing college students and designed to serve as building blocks for a healthy and positive experience as a student. Below is a brief description of Alcohol Edu & Think About It.


Florida State University – Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness has partnered with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention in higher education institutions across the country. 

As part of our comprehensive alcohol prevention program, Florida State University expects each incoming student to complete AlcoholEdu. Whether you drink or not, this online course will empower you to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help you better cope with the drinking behavior of your peers.

To fulfill Florida State University’s requirement, you must achieve the following:

  • Complete Parts I & II of AlcoholEdu
  • Complete the final exam with a 75% or higher.

Please note that the course includes three surveys that help personalize your experience and measure students’ alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are strictly confidential; FSU will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.

Other Important Information:

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • To avoid technical issues, please use a major web browser released within the previous two years (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, or Safari).
  • You may take the course in multiple sittings. Sections end with a “Next” button. DO NOT log out until you click the “Next” button or you will have to repeat the section.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.
  • Should you experience problems, technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the course.


AlcoholEdu is a college–level alcohol education program that has been proven effective in reducing dangerous alcohol use by college students. The course aims to educate students about alcohol and its effects on the mind and body. Whether or not they drink, AlcoholEdu empowers students to make well–informed decisions and better cope with the drinking behavior of peers. The program, recognized nationally for its effectiveness, uses the latest prevention techniques and science–based research to educate students about the impact of alcohol. All data collected is anonymous and cannot be tied to a single user. The aggregated data from both programs will be used to inform our alcohol and sexual violence prevention education.

Student Privacy & Parental Access

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the educational records of students enrolled in a post-secondary institution, regardless of age. Learn more about this policy, the way Florida State University protects student data and how parental access is articulated by visiting the Student Privacy & Parental Access webpage.

Participate in an FSU Chat!

Family Connection hosts scheduled online chat sessions for family members to talk with representatives from University departments and programs. Participating in FSU Chats is a great way to get your questions answered while learning all about life at FSU, including University programs or services. Chat topics and moderators change frequently; learn more about upcoming chat events at https://dsst.fsu.edu/family/programs-services/fsu-chats/.

Academic Advising & Advisor Search

Florida State University’s academic advisors are helpful resources for students considering major selection, career paths, academic plans and enrichment opportunities, course selection and registration, or other personal and life goals. A student should speak to their advisor frequently, at least once a semester. Students should also use advisors when considering changing their major or adding a double-major or minor. Use the Advisor Search Tool to locate your advisor today.

It’s All Academic

Students are responsible for Florida State University’s undergraduate/liberal arts graduation requirements, academic policies, and other information which governs their pursuit of a degree. This information can be found in the It’s All Academic book given to you during orientation or by reviewing the online version by clicking here: It’s All Academic.

Course Registration: myFSU Student Central

If you need assistance or a refresher about how to register for classes, visit: 

myFSU Portal: The University’s Academic, Service & Information Portal

The https://my.fsu.edu website is the official student portal to many of the University’s online resources and business functions. You will use the site daily to access your email, Canvas for course information, manage financial and course enrollment functions with the University, and more.

Paying Your Tuition & Fees

Refresh yourself on how financial aid is distributed or how to go about paying outstanding tuition and fees by clicking here.

Register For Parking

All enrolled students are eligible for a parking virtual permit paid for by their Transportation Fee. You may register for your virtual permit online after you have completed orientation and registered for your first semester of courses.

New Student Convocation

Celebrate the beginning of your FSU experience at New Student Convocation! New students and family members are honored at Florida State University’s Convocation each fall before the start of classes. Visit the New Student Convocation website for more information about this year’s ceremony.

Garnet & Gold Scholar Society

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well-rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom in the areas of Leadership, Internship, Service, International, and Research. Be recognized for your engagement experiences by participating in this initiative throughout your duration at Florida State University by completing three of five engagement areas to become a member. To learn more, visit http://garnetandgoldscholar.fsu.edu/.