Family Orientation Schedule

Welcome to Orientation at Florida State University! We are excited to welcome you and your student into the FSU family! Family Orientation is designed to help parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians, friends, and anyone else who is part of the family support system for an FSU student to gain information, resources, and insight to help their student thrive during their time at Florida State. For each section below, click the arrow to view more information, including locations, session descriptions, and important reminders.

 DAY 1

 5:30 - 6:45 PM Student Drop-Off

 

Location: DeGraff Halls / Moore Auditorium

808 West Tennessee Street / 850 Academic Way

Drop your student off for housing and/or Orientation check-in and take some time to relax and get settled in before Family Orientation tomorrow! There are no formal sessions for family members/guests on Day 1, so you are free to explore campus or the surrounding community.

NOTE: Overnight parking for Orientation students is available at the DeGraff Gravel Lot. Temporary parking for Orientation participants is available 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Dewey Street Lot or any parking spot along Academic Way. Dinner is not provided on Day 1, so students should plan to eat prior to check-in.

 DAY 2

 7:30 – 8:30 AM Family Orientation Check-In / Taking Care of Business / Breakfast

 

Location: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

505 West Pensacola Street

During this time, family members/guests will officially check in for New Nole Orientation. Students can pick up their FSUCard (if they pre-submitted their photo) or take their FSUCard photo, and they can submit their Immunization form if they have not done so already. Breakfast will be available (for students and families who opted into Orientation Dining) until the start of the Welcome session.

NOTE: Students staying on campus in DeGraff Halls can travel to the Civic Center via Seminole Express bus. Orientation parking is also available at the Tucker Civic Center West Lot.

 8:30 – 9:00 AM Welcome

 

Location: Arena

Welcome to Florida State University! In this opening session, you will meet the Orientation team and learn important information about your Family Orientation session.

 9:00 – 9:45 AM Transitioning Your New Nole

 

Location: Arena

In this session, families will learn helpful information to best support their student as they transition to Florida State. The session will cover addressing expectations with your student, communication strategies, and ways to stay engaged with New Student & Family Programs and Florida State University.

 9:45 - 10:15 AM Money Matters

 

Location: Arena

Understanding the financial component of paying for college can be daunting. This tag-team session with The Offices of Financial Aid and Student Business Services will help you understand the steps needed to make sure your student is awarded eligible aid, charges addressed and disbursement take place in a timely fashion. 

 10:30 – 11:15 AM Stay Safe & Live Well

 

Location: Arena

In this session, the FSU Police Department, the Title IX Office, and the Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness will discuss resources and expectations to promote a safe and healthy campus community.

 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Living On Campus / Living Off Campus

 

Living On Campus

Location: Arena

If your student is planning to live on campus, this session will provide information and advice to successfully move in and make the most of the residential experience. You will also hear from Seminole Dining about the many campus dining opportunities and meal plans available to residential students.

Living Off Campus

Location: Meeting Room A3

Is your student living off campus for the upcoming year? This session will help you learn about ways to make sure their time living off campus is successful and help them connect to campus. This session will include tips and tricks for living off campus and provide information about local resources and other necessities. You will also hear from Seminole Dining about the many campus dining opportunities and meal plans available to off-campus students.

 12:00 – 12:45 PM Lunch

 

Location: Exhibit Hall

Lunch will be available for students and families (who opted into Orientation Dining). Students and family members who requested a dietary accommodation will be able to pick up their meal from the Registered Dietician table.

NOTE: Students and families will be dismissed to their next session from the Exhibit Hall at 12:45 p.m. An Orientation Leader will guide you to your next session.

 1:00 – 1:45 PM Meet the Colleges: Majors & More / Academic Guidance for Families

If the college listed on your nametag is highlighted GARNET you will go to "Meet the Colleges: Majors & More" during this time. If the college listed on your nametag is highlighted GOLD you will go to "Academic Guidance for Families" during this time. An Orientation Leader will guide you to your session.

Meet the Colleges: Majors & More

Location: Meeting Rooms / College of Law Meeting Rooms

Each academic college at Florida State University will provide more information about the degree programs, requirements, and opportunities they offer.

Academic Guidance for Families

Location: Exhibit Hall

In this session, Undergraduate Studies staff will discuss academic requirements, including liberal studies and University graduation requirements, as well as how to appropriately support your student and help them succeed academically during their time at FSU.

 2:00 – 2:45 PM Meet the Colleges: Majors & More / Academic Guidance for Families

If the college listed on your nametag is highlighted GOLD you will go to "Meet the Colleges: Majors & More" during this time. If the college listed on your nametag is highlighted GARNET you will go to "Academic Guidance for Families" during this time. An Orientation Leader will guide you to your session.

Meet the Colleges: Majors & More

Location: Meeting Rooms / College of Law Meeting Rooms

Each academic college at Florida State University will provide more information about the degree programs, requirements, and opportunities they offer.

Academic Guidance for Families

Location: Exhibit Hall

In this session, Undergraduate Studies staff will discuss academic requirements, including liberal studies and University graduation requirements, as well as how to appropriately support your student and help them succeed academically during their time at FSU.

 2:45 – 3:15 PM Break

 

Location: Concourse

In this break between sessions, you will be able to grab a snack or coffee/soda and enjoy some fresh air before continuing with Orientation.

 3:15 - 4:30PM Resource Fair / Breakout Sessions

 

Resource Fair

LOCATION: ARENA FLOOR

During this time, feel free to walk around the various tables to learn more about some of the many resources and opportunities available at FSU. There will also be two sets of special-interest Breakout Sessions during this time, listed below.

Change Your Major

LOCATION: CONCOURSE

if your student is interested in changing their major, a team of academic staff will be available to assist them. Students must meet the minimum requirements for the new major before the change can be approved.

Breakout Sessions: 3:15-3:45 p.m. & 3:55-4:25 p.m.

Build Your Community with Fraternity & Sorority Life

LOCATION: EXHIBIT HALL

This session will help participants learn about the FSU fraternity and sorority community, including information about the four councils and how to join.

The Career Center: Design Your Career

LOCATION: MEETING ROOM A3

Learn why your student should start early in their pursuit of career success! Discover state-of-the-art programs and services designed to support your student's career and employability skills development. Hear about how students can choose majors, clarify career plans, acquire part-time jobs or internships, and market themselves to employers or graduate schools.

Exploring Engage 100: First-Year Success Courses

LOCATION: MEETING ROOM A2

An interactive presentation introducing Engage 100 course experiences designed to help new first-year students activate their potential, connect with the FSU community, and flourish in their first year. You will learn about the 25+ programs students can choose from in Summer and Fall 2022. Find your people, explore your passions, and pave the way to success in college through Engage 100.

International Programs & Global Engagement

LOCATION: MEETING ROOM A1

This session will help students learn about the many opportunities for global engagement, both on campus an abroad. International Programs will share about study abroad opportunities, including programs that meet graduation requirements for most majors, around the world. The Center for Global Engagement will share about how students can gain cross-cultural skill and global competency while studying in Tallahassee.

Pre-Law at FSU

LOCATION: MEETING ROOM C

FSU Pre-Law advisors will share tips and strategies to help students prepare for applying to law school, including major choices, GPA, timelines, and more.

Breakout Sessions: 3:15-3:45 p.m. ONLY

Navigating Faith and Religious Life at FSU

LOCATION: MEETING ROOM B

While at FSU, students have the opportunity to explore the realm of faith and get to know your beliefs and those of others. The FSU Interfaith Council will help guide your student's exploration and show them how to make connections.

Breakout Sessions: 3:55-4:25 p.m. ONLY

Veterans Benefits

LOCATION: MEETING ROOM B

This session will address getting students' GI Bill or dependent Veteran benefits started or transferred to FSU. Student Veterans Center staff will also address issues such as deferments, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, student veteran organizations, transitioning to FSU, and more.

Pre-Health at FSU

LOCATION: MEETING ROOM D

Is your student considering a career in medicine, dentistry, or physical therapy? This session will help them learn what it takes to be a successful applicant to health professional graduate programs. Get to know the pre-health advising staff and the services offered to anyone considering a health career.

 4:30 - 5:15 PM FSU & You

 

Location: Meeting Room A3

This session gives families an opportunity to engage with Orientation Leaders and New Student & Family Programs staff about what it means to be a New Nole Family. The session will give space for families to engage with one another and give them a chance to hear more about the great resources and opportunities available to their students. 

 5:30 - 6:15 PM Dinner

 

Location: Exhibit Hall

Dinner will be available for students and families (who opted into Orientation Dining). Students and family members who requested a dietary accommodation will be able to pick up their meal from the Registered Dietician table.

 6:30 - 7:00 PM Uphold the Garnet & Gold

 

Location: Arena

Florida State University is a community with a longstanding tradition of respect for the dignity and worth of each of its members. Through a dynamic readers theatre performance, students and families will learn what it means to be part of the FSU community and hear directly from the Orientation Leaders about their own experiences as FSU students to help you answer the question: How will you Uphold the Garnet and Gold? 

NOTE: This session will cover a variety of serious topics, some of which may be uncomfortable or may bring up certain emotions. If you need to take a moment to step away from the session, please feel free to do so.

 DAY 3

 8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast

 

Location: Askew Student Life Center

942 Learning Way

Welcome back! Join us for breakfast in the Askew Student Life Center Lobby before starting your sessions for the day.

NOTE: Parking for family members is available in the Pensacola Street Parking Garage.

NOTE: Student breakfast at Suwannee Room will be available until 8:15 a.m. Students who opted out of orientation dining must meet their Orientation Leader at Bellamy Building (or alternate location provided by their Orientation Leader) by 8:30 a.m.

 8:45 - 9:15 AM College 101

 

Location: Askew Student Life Center Theater

In this session you will hear from University leaders about how you can best support your student through the challenges and milestones they may experience as an FSU student.

 9:15 - 9:45 AM The Career Center

 

Location: Askew Student Life Center Theater

Nationally recognized for its comprehensive career services, the Florida State University Career Center prepares students for life after graduation. Whether students are deciding on a career choice, seeking experiences to develop employability skills, or applying for a career opportunity or graduate school, The Career Center at Florida State University stands ready to prepare them for career success! 

 9:45 - 10:15 AM Physical & Mental Wellness

 

Location: Askew Student Life Center Theater

This session will provide an overview of all Health Center and Counseling services and departments. We will also answer questions about scheduling appointments, health insurance, immunizations, and more.

 10:15 - 10:30 AM Break

 

Location: Askew Student Life Center Lobby

You will be able to take a quick break before continuing with Orientation.

 10:30 - 11:15 AM "Ask the Experts" Panel

 

Location: Askew Student Life Center Theater

In this Q&A session, you will hear from Orientation Leaders and University staff about their experiences at FSU and get answers to your questions from an insider perspective.

 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Family Send-Off

 

Location: Askew Student Life Center Theater

In this closing session, New Student & Family Programs will give family members and guests some final reminders and pieces of advice to help you help your student through their New Nole journey!

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