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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 and Instagram (@fsufirstyearprograms) to stay up to date with our events and media!

Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation and Registration for Transfer Students

When is Orientation and Registration?
Orientation and registration for new transfer students starting in the Fall 2015 semester will take place on Thursday, August 20, 2015.  

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BRING A FULLY CHARGED LAPTOP OR TABLET TO ORIENTATION. Class advising and registration will take place at orientation, and you will use your own laptops or tablets for this important piece of the program. Students must participate in the entire program in order to register for Fall 2015 classes. If you are unable to participate in the full program, you will need to contact CASA, the Center for Academic Success and Advising, via email ( or phone (508-626-4509).

Where do I check in?
Check-in takes place at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby of the McCarthy Center on State Street. Members of the Black & Gold Orientation team will be available to offer directions and assistance as you arrive on campus. 

What happens at orientation?

  • Meet faculty advisors from your academic department
  • Learn about courses, your major and other requirements necessary to graduate from a Framingham State.
  • Register for classes.
  • Have your student ID picture taken.
  • Be introduced to the campus 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.
  • Expereince some of the differences between this campus and your previous one.

Where do I park?
You may park in the Maynard Road lot only. Please click here to see the map for directions and look for the parking signs when you arrive on campus.

Can I bring my parents, other family members, or guests?
Parents, family members, and guests are welcome on campus during Transfer Orientation. However, we do not have a formal Parent/Guest Program for Transfer Students.  All campus offices will be open for business from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friends and/or family members will not be allowed to accompany incoming students throughout the program. Although guests are welcome to visit the campus during Orientation, only new students are allowed to participate in the Orientation Program.

Are you an incoming Veteran?
If you are an incoming Veteran student, there are a few documents you will want to bring with you to transfer orientation. Make sure you bring your DD214 form and your Certificate of Elligibility (for the GI Bill) to orientation. If you have specific questions about documentation, please contact Tobias Conn at

What happens if I change my major?
All transfer students will attend the same program on Thursday, August 20, 2015.  Students will take part in the same sessions.  However, there are breakout sessions during the day that are major specific. It is important to be in the session that is appropriate for your intended major. Please make sure you have requested your change of major prior to orientation.  If you have questions about how to change your major before you come to orientation, please contact Admissions at 508-626-4500.

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. All students who bring donations will be entered into a raffle to win awesome prizes. There will be winners each day of orientation, so don’t miss out! 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, pastries, snacks, and coffee are available at check-in. Lunch will be provided and dinner is optional. 

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 our office of those needs in advance at (508) 626-4637.

What about placement testing?
Students who must take placement exams will receive the relevant information with the student orientation brochure. If you are required to take the exams and do not have a scheduled time to do so, please contact the Placement Testing Coordinator at or sign up online.

Is there a fee for Orientation?
There is no separate charge for student orientation.

For more information:
Orientation Office
Framingham State University
100 State Street
P.O. Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701

Telephone: (508) 626-4637


Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220