New Nole Orientation Schedule

Welcome to Orientation at Florida State University! New Nole Orientation is designed to help first-time college students successfully transition into the FSU community. For each section below, click the arrow to view more information, including session descriptions and important reminders.

 DAY 1

 5:30 – 6:45 PM Housing Check–In

 

Location: DeGraff Halls

808 West Tennessee Street

If you are staying on campus during Orientation, you can check into your housing during this time. You will be provided a room key and temporary access card to access the building.

NOTE: Dinner is not provided on Day 1, so students should plan to eat prior to check-in.

 6:00 – 7:00 PM Student Orientation Check-In

 

Location: Moore Auditorium

850 Academic Way

During this time, you will officially check in for New Nole Orientation and pick up your Orientation nametag and other materials you will need for the session.

NOTE: Dinner is not provided on Day 1, so students should plan to eat prior to check-in.

 7:00 – 7:15 PM Opening Session

 

Location: Moore Auditorium

127 Honors Way

Welcome to Florida State University! In this opening session for students, you will get some reminders before meeting with your Orientation Leader and small group.

 7:15 – 8:00 PM Nole to Nole #1

 

Location: Bellamy Building/Various

In your first small group session with your Orientation Leader, you will start getting to know your classmates and prepare for the remainder of your Orientation session.

 8:00 – 10:30 PM Noles @ Nite

 

Location:
Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday: Askew Student Life Center

942 Learning Way

Monday/Wednesday: Dr. Bobby E. Leach Recreation Center

118 Varsity Drive

After the Day 1 sessions, there will be nighttime activities available for students in the Askew Student Life Center or the Leach Recreation Center. At the Askew Student Life Center, join the Orientation Leaders and your fellow classmates for games, "Paint-a-Pot," or even a movie! At the Leach Recreation Center, join the Orientation Leaders and your fellow classmates for indoor games and activities, including silent disco, and sign the Class of 2026 banner!

 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, your family members/guests will officially check in for New Nole Orientation. Students can pick up their FSUCard (if you pre-submitted your photo) or take your FSUCard photo, and you can submit your Immunization form if you 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 AMWelcome

 

Location: Arena

Welcome back! In this session you will meet the Orientation team and get a quick overview of what to expect for the day.

 9:00 – 9:30 AM    Nole to Nole #2

 

Location: Meeting Rooms

In this small group session, you will get to know your fellow students even better and continue building connections.

 9:30 – 10:15 AM Academic Success in the First Year

 

Location: Meeting Rooms

In this session, Undergraduate Studies staff will discuss academic issues ranging from liberal studies to University graduation requirements, as well as how to succeed academically during your first year at FSU.

 10:30 – 11:15 AMStay 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 PMLiving On Campus / Living Off Campus

LIVING ON CAMPUS

Location: Arena

If you are 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

Living off campus for the upcoming year? This session will help you learn about ways to make sure your time living off campus is successful and help you 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 / Ignite Your Involvement

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 "Ignite Your Involvement" 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.

Ignite Your Involvement

Location: Arena Floor

Concerts, sports, movies, fitness, student organizations, outdoor adventures... campus life is full of endless ways to experience FSU! This session features events, activities, and programs designed to help you meet new people, be active, and get involved on campus.

 2:00 – 2:45 PM Meet the Colleges: Majors & More / Ignite Your Involvement

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 "Ignite Your Involvement" 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.

Ignite Your Involvement

Location: Arena Floor

Concerts, sports, movies, fitness, student organizations, outdoor adventures... campus life is full of endless ways to experience FSU! This session features events, activities, and programs designed to help you meet new people, be active, and get involved on campus.

 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 – 4:30 PM 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 you are interested in changing your major, a team of academic staff will be available to assist you. 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 you should start early in your pursuit of career success! Discover state-of-the-art programs and services designed to support your career and employability skills development. Hear about how to choose majors, clarify career plans, acquire part-time jobs or internships, and market yourself 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 you 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, you 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 exploration and show you how to make connections.

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

Veterans Benefits

Location: Meeting Room B

This session will address getting your 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

Considering a career in medicine, dentistry, or physical therapy? This session will help you 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 – 5:00 PM Nole to Nole #3

 

Location: Arena

In this small group session, you will learn about free speech on campus and how FSU works to promote civil discourse among the campus community.

 5:00 – 5:30 PM Finding the Right Door

 

Location: Arena

In this session, students will learn about some challenging situations they or their classmates may encounter during their time at FSU and how to address these challenges and access the resources they need to be successful.

 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.

 7:00 – 8:00 PM Nole to Nole #4

 

Location: Meeting Rooms

In this small group session, you will discuss topics from the Uphold the Garnet & Gold performance and how you can help make FSU a welcoming and supportive environment for all students.

 8:00 – 10:30 PM Noles @ Nite

 

Location:
Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday: Askew Student Life Center

942 Learning Way

Monday/Wednesday: Dr. Bobby E. Leach Recreation Center

118 Varsity Drive

After the Day 2 sessions, there will be nighttime activities available for students in the Askew Student Life Center or the Leach Recreation Center. At the Askew Student Life Center, join the Orientation Leaders and your fellow classmates for games, "Paint-a-Pot," or even a movie! At the Leach Recreation Center, join the Orientation Leaders and your fellow classmates for indoor games and activities, including silent disco, and sign the Class of 2026 banner!


 DAY 3

 7:00 – 8:15 AM Breakfast / Housing Check-Out

 

Location: Suwannee Room

143 Honors Way

Students will check out of DeGraff Halls and store their luggage during this time (remember to return your key packet!). Orientation Leaders will guide students to Suwannee Room for breakfast.

NOTE: Students who opted out of Orientation dining should meet their Orientation Leader directly at Bellamy Building (or alternate location provided by your Orientation Leader) by 8:30 a.m.

 8:30 – 9:30 AM Nole to Nole #5

 

Location: Bellamy Building/Various (Day 1 Locations)

In your last small group session, you will get some reminders about advising and course registration and discuss ways to stay connected with your Orientation Leader and fellow classmates.

 9:30 – 9:45 AM Countdown to Course Registration

 

Location: Moore Auditorium

850 Academic Way

In this session, you will get a few final reminders about advising and registration. An Orientation Leader will guide you to your advising and course registration location.

 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Academic Advising: Planning Your Semester

 

Location: Various

It's time to plan out your first semester at FSU! Your academic advisor will recommend the best classes for you based on your program of study. Make sure to bring copies of any unofficial transcripts, and let your advisor know about any anticipated or earned AP/IB/AICE/CLEP credit. Make sure you do not have any holds on your account that might prevent you from registering for classes (the Orientation hold will will be released during academic advising).

After advising, you will be able to register for your first semester of classes at FSU! Advisors will be available to assist you with any questions you may have.

NOTE: Bringing a laptop or personal device will help facilitate the course registration process since not all advising locations will have provided computers.

 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Course Registration Labs (Optional)

 

Location: HCB Classroom Building 212/219

989 Learning Way

If you need additional assistance or if you do not have a laptop or personal device, you can join us at the Course Registration Labs, where Undergraduate Studies staff will be available to assist you with the course registration process.

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