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 locations, session descriptions, and important reminders.

Orientation Day 1

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Check-In, Taking Care of Business, Breakfast
Student Union Lobby


During this time, you and your family members and guests will officially check in for New Nole Orientation. Students can pick up your FSUCard and 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.

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. Student Torch Group 1
Union Meeting Rooms

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.

10 - 11 a.m. Academic Success at FSU
Union Ballroom D, Garnet 2, Garnet 4

In this session, 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.

11 - 11:30 a.m. Money Matters
Union Ballroom E

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 eligible aid is awarded, charges addressed, and disbursement take place in a timely fashion. 

11:30 a.m. - Noon Living On Campus
Union Ballroom E

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.

11:30 a.m. - Noon Living Off Campus
Union Ballroom D

If you are planning to live off campus, this session will include tips and tricks for living off campus and provide information about local resources and other necessities. This session will also help you learn about ways to connect to campus and make sure your time living off campus is successful. You will also hear from Seminole Dining about the many campus dining opportunities and meal plans available to off-campus students.

Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
Student Union

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.

1 - 2 p.m. Stay Safe and Live Well
Union Ballroom E

In this session, the FSU Police Department and University Health Services will discuss resources and expectations to promote a safe and healthy campus community.

2 - 3 p.m. Student Torch Group 2
Union Meeting Rooms

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.

3 - 4 p.m. Meet the Colleges
Union Meeting Rooms and Various Campus Locations

Each academic college at Florida State University will provide more information about the degree programs, requirements, and opportunities they offer. An Orientation Leader will guide you to your college meeting location.

Meet The Colleges Room
Arts & Sciences Ballroom E
Business Rovetta A101
Communication & Information Ballroom C
Criminology & Criminal Justice Moore Auditorium
Education HCB Classroom Building 309
Engineering Garnet 3
Entrepreneurship Garnet 1
Exploratory Ballroom D
Fine Arts Gold 4
Health & Human Sciences HCB Classroom Building 313
Hospitality Garnet 4
Medicine Senate Chambers (Third Floor, 3010)
Motion Picture Arts Gold 2
Music Gold 1
Nursing Club Downunder (Basement Level)
Social Work Garnet 2
Social Science and Policy Bellamy 180

4 - 5 p.m. Resource Fair
Student Union

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 special-interest breakout sessions during this time, listed below.

4-4:20 and 4:30-4:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Fraternity & Sorority Life (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.


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.


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!


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.


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.

Exploring Engage 100: First-Year Success Courses (Ballroom C)

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 30+ programs students can choose from in Summer & Fall 2023. Find your people, explore your passions, and pave the way to success at FSU through Engage 100.

4-4:20 p.m. Only Breakout Sessions


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.

4:30-4:50 p.m. Only Breakout Sessions


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 exploration and show you how to make connections.

5 - 5:30 p.m. Experience FSU
Union Ballroom D

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.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Student Union

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 p.m. Uphold the Garnet & Gold
Union Ballroom E

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?

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Student Union

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.

7 - 8 p.m. Student Torch Group 3
Union Ballroom E

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 - 10:30 p.m. Noles @ Nite
Askew Student Life Center

After your first Orientation day, there will be nighttime activities available for students in the Askew Student Life Center. Join the Orientation Leaders and your fellow classmates for games, "Paint-a-Pot," or even a movie!

Orientation Day 2

7 - 8:30 a.m. Housing Check-Out, Breakfast
Wildwood Halls and Suwanee Room


Suwanee Room Dining Hall: 143 Honors Way

Students will check out of Wildwood and store their luggage during this time (remember to return your key packet!). Orientation Leaders will guide students to Suwanee Room for breakfast. Breakfast for Orientation students will be available at the Suwanee Room dining hall.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Student Torch Group 4
William Johnston Building and Bellamy

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 - 10 a.m. Countdown to Course Registration
Moore Auditorium


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 a.m. - 1 p.m. Academic Advising: Planning Your Semester
Various Campus Locations

It's time to plan out your first semester at FSU! An Orientation Leader will guide you to your advising and course registration location, and 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.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Course Registration Labs Available
HCB 219, MCH 304, WJB 2040


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.