FSU Chat Summary: What Expect During Orientation?

The purpose of orientation at Florida State University is to provide students with initial connection and community to best prepare them for their transitions to collegiate life. In particular, orientation is an exciting time for incoming new students to visit campus, learn about their new home, meet new people, and even begin their academic journeys. In order to best prepare you and your student for the orientation experience, this FSU chat highlighted several key topics, including the registration process for orientation, the schedule of a typical three-day session, and the roles of Orientation Leaders and New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) in facilitating this experience.

Background: About NSFP

Orientation programming is developed and run by New Student & Family Programs (NSFP), which is housed within Florida State’s Division of Student Affairs. The overall goal of our office is to provide students and their families with community and connection in ways that best support them. We work to accomplish this goal through resource and program development, as well as serving as a liaison to other campus partners/offices to bolster students’ networks. In addition to orientation, our other programs include Ask a Nole and First Day Photos. Thus, NSFP views orientation as a time to create a partnership with students, in which we can continually support and grow with students during their first year and beyond. We are looking forward to meeting you and your students soon!

Orientation Registration and Pre-Arrival Tasks.

         At Florida State, it is required for all incoming students to attend orientation before they can register for classes. Most new students [with the exception of transfer students, etc.] will attend an FTIC session, with FTIC standing for “first-time in college” – these sessions will run from May 15th to July 15th, 2022. To sign up for a session, your student should log on to their MyFSU portal with their FSU email and password. On the portal, they will be able to navigate to the “New Nole Orientation” section, in which they can pick their desired session, provide their information, and view the Orientation Agreement Terms. Please note that the deadline to register for Orientation is May 10th, and any questions about the registration process can be directed to orientation@fsu.edu or (850)-644-2785.

         After registering, your student will receive a confirmation/pre-arrival, email as well as access to Starting at State Modules. These online mini courses provide students with the essential background information they will need for orientation and their overall college experiences. They will also address the required Engaged 100 course that all new students at FSU must complete. These modules must be completed before your student can register for classes at orientation. Additionally, as a parent, guardian, or loved one, you have access to separate modules (optional) that you may complete for your own education and peace of mind as you prepare to send your student to FSU. These modules can be accessed through your own Guest/Family login.  

Orientation Schedule & Logistics

When your student and their guests arrive on campus, they can expect to be greeted by twenty-seven wonderful Orientation Leaders who have been trained by NSFP staff to guide your students through the orientation experience. They will be present to answer questions, lead small group discussions, and provide incoming students with a glimpse of the Florida State experience. Each individual orientation session occurs over three days, starting at 5:30pm on Day 1 and ending at 12:00/12:30pm on Day Three (please see detailed schedule highlights below). Over the course of this time, you and your student will engage in sessions about academics, housing, safety, wellness, and involvement. Please note that some sessions will be joint for students and families/guests, while others will be specific to each group; NSFP encourages parents, families, and guests to let their students experience some independence during Orientation to best prepare them for the fall. We are so excited to meet you and your student soon and go Noles!


Day 1 Highlights

  • Student Housing/Orientation Check-In (5:30-6:45pm)
  • Opening session and first Orientation Leader small group on Main Campus
  • Evening Activities (Noles @ Nite)
  • Note: There is no family programming on Day 1

Day 2 Highlights

  • Students & Families at Donald Tucker Civic Center
    • Family Check-In (7:30-8:15am)
    • Opening session at 9:00am Combined and separate sessions about academics, housing, safety, wellness, & involvement
  • Meeting with academic colleges 
  • Resource Fair
  • Orientation Leader small groups
  • Evening activities

Day 3 Highlights

  • Housing Check-Out (7:00-8:15am)
  • Final Orientation Leader small group
  • Academic Advising & Course Registration on Main Campus
  • Families in Askew Student Life Center (ASLC)
  •  Ends around 12:00-12:30pm

Post-Orientation on Day 3 (Optional)

  • Campus tours
  • Housing showroom
  • Open houses