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Office of First-Year Programs
Ben Trapanick, Director, First-Year Programs
Dwight Hall Room 116

Ashlee Givins, Assistant Director, First-Year Programs
Orientation Coordinator
Dwight Hall Room 116


Below you will find important information regarding orientation. You can also friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with all First-Year Programs events and media!

 2013-14 First-Year Student Resource Manual

Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation and Registration

When is Orientation and Registration?

Orientation for new first-year students starting in Fall 2014 will take place on the dates listed below. Please note that the date students and parents/guests are invited is determined by the declared major of the student.

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014- Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Food and Nutrition, Food Science, Mathematics and Pre-Engineering
  • Thursday, June 19, 2014- Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education
  • Friday, June 20, 2014- Art History, Art Studio, Communication Arts, Fashion Design and Retailing
  • Monday, June 23, 2014- English, Geography, History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Modern Languages
  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014- Business Administration, Business Information Technology, Economics, Computer Science
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014- Criminology, Psychology, Sociology
  • Friday, June 27, 2014- Undeclared 

Check-in begins at 8:00 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.

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?

We have a Parent/Guest program designed specifically for the parents and guests of new students. Parents and guests will have the opportunity to meet with various administrators and faculty members, talk with department directors, take a tour of the campus, and have their
questions answered. Parents/Guests will spend the day attending sessions designed for them, while students will attend their own separate program.

What should I bring to Orientation?

We will provide everything you need for Orientation, but this year we are collecting canned goods and non-perishables for A Place to Turn , (, which is an emergency food pantry in Natick. Help us serve our MetroWest community by bringing food for our food drive!  We will be collecting cans of soup, tuna, baking mixes, rice, pasta and more. If you bring items for the food drive you can win a gift card to dining services or the bookstore!Check out what A Place to Turn needs here! (

Thanks for helping FSU give back! 

Who are the Black & Gold Orientation Leaders?

The Black & Gold Orientation Team is comprised of 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? (for students starting in the Fall semester only)

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 27th. 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:
Orientation Office
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.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220