Office of First-Year Programs
Ben Trapanick, Director, First-Year Programs
Dwight Hall Room 116
Lauren O'Donoghue, Assistant Director, First-Year Programs
Dwight Hall Room 116
WELCOME CLASS OF 2017!
Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation and Registration
When is Orientation and Registration?
Orientation for new first-year students starting in Fall 2013 will take place in June. Students will be assigned an orientation date based on their major. Please see the orientation dates and corresponding majors below. If students cannot attend their assigned orientation date, they will be invited to attend orientation on August 27. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the McCarthy Center Lobby. CLICK HERE to RSVP online. Students must participate in the entire program in order to receive their class schedule.
Orientation Dates and Majors
June 17: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Food and Nutrition, Food Science, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering
June 18: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education
June 20: Art History, Art Studio, Communication Arts, Fashion Design and Retailing
June 21: English, Geography, History, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages, Political Science
June 24: Business Administration, Business and Information Technology, Computer Science, Economics
June 25: Criminology, Psychology, Sociology
June 26: Undeclared
Where do I check in?
Check-in takes place in the lobby of the McCarthy Center on State Street at 8 a.m. Members of the Black & Gold Orientation team will be available to offer directions and assistance as you arrive on campus.
Where do I park?
You may park in the Maynard Parking lot on Maynard road. You will not need a parking pass for the duration of orientation.Can I bring my parents, other family members, or guests?
Parents, family members and guests are welcome on campus during June orientation. We do offer a formal parent and guest program in June only. Parents will receive information regarding Parent/Guest Orientation in the mail along with the student orientation brochure.
Unfortunately, we do not offer any parent or guest programming during August or January orientation. During orientation, all campus offices will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents or guests are still welcome to visit the campus during orientation; however, friends or relatives will not be able to accompany students through the orientation program. Only new students are allowed to participate in the student orientation program.
Who are the Black & Gold Orientation Leaders?
The Black & Gold Orientation Team is comprised of 21 current students who are outstanding leaders in academics and who are involved in campus life at Framingham State University. They are trained to help you make a smooth transition to the University.
Will meals be provided?
Muffins and coffee are available at check-in. First-year students will be provided with lunch and dinner at the conclusion of the program.
What orientation to do I attend if I've changed my major?
If you have worked with Admissions to change your major and you have received confirmation that your major has been changed, you may come to the orientation date for your new major. It is important to come to the orientation date for your major. Check-in time and location will be the same for all eight days of first-year orientation in June. If you are planning to come to August orientation, all majors will attend first-year orientation on August 28. If you have questions about how to change your major before you come to orientation, please contact Admissions at 508-626-4500.
What about placement testing?
Entering students must have completed placement testing prior to Orientation, if necessary. Information regarding placement testing will be sent out with the student orientation brochures. If you have not completed placement testing, and do not have a scheduled time to do so, please contact the Placement Testing Coordinator at (508) 626-4905 or sign up online.
Is there a fee for First-Year Orientation?
There is no separate charge for student orientation.
If I have a disability, how do I request accommodations during the Orientation/Registration program?
Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations including accompaniment by a Personal Care Assistant, sign language interpreter, or assistance with communications, must notify the Orientation and First-Year Program Office of those needs in advance at (508) 626-4637.
For more information:
Framingham State University
100 State Street
P.O. Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701
Telephone: (508) 626-4637
At Orientation, new students will ...
- Meet faculty advisors from your academic department.
- Learn about courses and your major.
- Be introduced to the campus computing environment.
- Meet current student leaders and other new students.
- Learn about campus life and available support resources for students.
- Become familiar with the Framingham State University campus.