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Pre-Orientation Modules

Things to Do Prior to New Nole Orientation

Florida State University looks forward to welcoming you as one of our newest Noles! Transitioning into an academic community can be both exciting and overwhelming. To assist in the transition, we encourage you to take the following steps before your New Nole Orientation. This site can function as a helpful checklist if you complete them in order.


Log in and review your Application Status Check frequently

Log into the Application Status Check to review your application/admission decision status, verify your major, confirm your residency status, and verify completion of the Immunization and Insurance requirements! You should check your status once a week to see what has changed or is outstanding: https://admissions.fsu.edu/statuscheck/.

Complete Immunization Requirement

In order to register for classes at FSU, all main campus students are required to submit a one-time Immunization Form showing proof of required immunizations. 

Click Here to complete the Immunization Form or request a religious exemption.

After submitting the Immunization Form, you can confirm that the form has been received by checking your Application Status Check or by contacting the Health Compliance Office (University Health Services) at healthcompliance@fsu.edu or 850-644-3608.

*Please note: If you do not complete the immunization and insurance requirements prior to attending Orientation, you may have a health hold on your account which will prevent you from registering for classes.

Complete Insurance Requirement

FSU main campus students are required to have health insurance to register for classes. You must either provide proof of health insurance coverage or enroll in the FSU-sponsored plan.

Click Here to enter your health insurance information or purchase the FSU-sponsored plan.

  • If you elect to enroll in the FSU-sponsored plan, charges will be assessed to your student account, and the cost of meeting this requirement will be included in your financial aid considerations. To learn more about the mandatory health insurance requirement and the costs associated with the University-sponsored plan, click HERE. Students registering as less than full time are not required to show proof of health insurance. Contact the Health Compliance Office at healthcompliance@admin.fsu.edu for assistance in clearing the insurance waiver if you will be registering as a part-time student.
  • You are required to prove appropriate health insurance coverage via the online verification waiver or arrange to purchase the University-sponsored plan. Do this before Orientation; as soon as possible.

*Please note: If you do not complete the immunization and insurance requirements prior to attending Orientation, you may have a health hold on your account which will prevent you from registering for classes.

Research Housing Options

  • Complete a contract for on-campus housing as early as possible after you have been accepted to the University.
  • Apply to live in a Living-Learning Community (LLC), where first-year students with a shared major or interest live in the same residence hall community and learn together in small classes taught by a full-time faculty member. Each LLC has a different theme which may be as specific as a single major such as “Nursing” or as broad as the theme of the Bryan Hall Learning Community, “Exploration and Discovery.” Admission to each LLC is competitive, based on a short application, and open to all first-year students (i.e., first year of college after high school graduation regardless of how many acceleration/college credits you have earned). Many prospective students apply for more than one community to increase their chances of being selected. For more details and to learn about LLCs, visit https://housing.fsu.edu/living-learning-communities
  • If not living on campus, make other housing arrangements in Tallahassee early. Visit https://offcampushousing.fsu.edu for resources to assist you in your search.

Apply for Financial Aid and Bright Futures awards

  • Apply for financial aid as early as possible each year by going to fafsa.gov. You can apply as early as January 1 using estimated income and tax return information. Make sure to select Florida State University as the university you are interested in attending so that your Student Aid Report gets sent to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • If eligible, apply for Bright Futures (while in high school) and notify Bright Futures that you are interested in attending Florida State University.

Prepare for Academic Advising at New Nole Orientation

Know your rights and responsibilities as a student

The guiding ethical norm at FSU is Responsible Freedom. This ethical norm guides conduct and influences policy at FSU, and 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. Familiarize yourself with frequently used policies and guidelines which govern the student experience at Florida State University, including the Academic Honor Policy, Study Conduct Code, and other administrative policies/rules: https://sccs.fsu.edu/policies.

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. 

Get started with technology at FSU

Florida State University offers extensive technology support and resources for students. Learn about these resources and how to access online services by visiting the ITS Student Essentials page.

Learn about the Student Veterans Center and access your educational benefits (if applicable)

Did you know that Florida State University is quickly becoming the most student veteran friendly university in the country? Whether you are an active service member, veteran, dependent of a veteran, or supportive member in our Seminole community, you should be aware of the many ways FSU is supporting the success of veterans at FSU and celebrating their active role on our campus. Learn about the Florida State University Student Veterans Center and how you can support its mission by visiting the website. If you are a new student veteran or a qualifying dependent of a United States veteran who plans to use your educational benefits under the GI Bill, begin that process now by selecting the “Veteran and Dependent Educational Benefit” link on the Student Veterans Center website.