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.
Family Orientation will take place in the Student Union (75 North Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306).
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Check-In, Taking Care of Business, Breakfast
Student Union Lobby
During this time, students and 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.
8:30 - 9 a.m. Welcome to Florida State University!
Union Ballroom E
Welcome to Florida State University! In this session you will meet the Orientation team and get a quick overview of what to expect for the day.
9 - 10 a.m. Transitioning Your New Nole
Union Ballroom E
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.
10 - 10:30 a.m. Navigating FSU
Union Ballroom E
This session will help you navigate your student's time as a Nole.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Academic Sessions
During this time, you will learn about 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 - 10:50 a.m. and 11 - 11:20 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Transfer Student Services (Union Ballroom E)
This session will help participants learn about the FSU fraternity and sorority community, including information about the four councils and how to join.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT (UNION BALLROOM D)
This session will help students learn about the many opportunities for global engagement, both on campus and 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 the opportunities for students to participate in an exchange program for one or two semesters at one of our 45 international partner institutions while earning FSU credit and paying FSU tuition and fees. In addition, the CGE will share how students can be globally engaged on the FSU campus through a variety of intercultural programs and events.
SUSTAINABLE YOU AT FSU (Garnet 1)
Learn how to save money and the planet by incorporating sustainability into your FSU journey, including packing smart for your move, taking advantage of on-campus resources (such as community gardening, bike rentals, and more) and building sustainability skills to help your career!
THE CAREER CENTER (Garnet 2)
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.
PRE-HEALTH AT FSU (Garnet 3)
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.
PRE-LAW AT FSU (Garnet 4)
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.
10:30 - 10:50 A.m. Only Breakout Sessions
VETERANS BENEFITS (Gold 1)
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.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Lunch and Resource Fair
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.
Also during this time, feel free to walk around the various tables at the Resource Fair to learn more about some of the many resources and opportunities available at FSU.
12:30 p.m."Ask the Experts" Panel
Union Ballroom D
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.