First-Year Student Orientation

Welcome First-Year Students!

The Office of Orientation and First Year Programs would like to congratulate new students on their decision to attend Framingham State University.

The Orientation Program provides an introduction to student life at the University, and helps students achieve a smooth academic transition by providing careful advisement on course and program selection prior to registration. The Orientation Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of new students. It is MANDATORY for all Day Division students entering Framingham State University.

Below you will find important information regarding orientation for students entering in the Fall 2018. You will also receive an informational brochure in the mail after you make your deposit. 

For Transfer Student Orientation information, please click here.

First-Year Orientation

Orientation is a one-day experience in which you will:

  • 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.
  • Create connections with student leaders and other new students.
  • Learn about campus life and available support resources for students.
  • Become familiar with the Framingham State University campus.

Orientation is MANDATORY for all Day Division students entering Framingham State University.

There is no separate fee for Orientation.

Orientation Dates by Major:



Monday, June 18, 2018

STEM Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Food Science,

Biochemistry, Computer Science, Food & Nutrition, Health &

Wellness, Mathematics, Physics and Earth Science,


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Child & Family Studies

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Arts & Humanities: Studio Art, Art History, Communication Arts,

English, Fashion Design & Retailing, History, World

Languages/Spanish/ASL, Liberal Studies

Friday, June 22, 2018

Business Department: Accounting, Business &

Information Technology, Finance, International

Business, Management, Marketing

Monday, June 25, 2018

Social & Behavioral Sciences: Geography, 

Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Environmental Science & Policy,

Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology,

Criminology, Global Studies

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Undeclared Majors

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Make-Up Day 1: All Majors

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Make-Up Day 2: All Majors (No Family/Guest Orientation Offered)

Please note: It is very important that you attend the orientation specific to your major because you will meet faculty and learn about your specific academic program. We encourage you to attend orientation in June in order to register for classes as soon as possible and subsequently have an accurate bill when it becomes available in July.

Prior to your Arrival On Campus:

  • Individuals who require accommodations must notify our office of those needs in advance on the RSVP form or via email at
  • For directions to campus and more information about parking, please click here.
  • If you would like to, feel free to bring a fully charged laptop/tablet. Don’t worry if you don’t have one yet! We have will have computers available.
  • 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 seven days of first-year orientation in June.
  • If you are unable to attend the orientation date for your major, please RSVP to attend one of our Make-Up Orientations on June 27 or August 15. If you have questions about how to change your major before you come to orientation, please contact Admissions at 508-626-4500.
  • Entering students should have completed placement testing prior to Orientation. You will receive detailed information regarding placement testing in a letter that will be sent in the mail. 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.  You will still be able to attend orientation and register for courses, but you may need to update your schedule once you take the tests.  Therefore, we encourage all students to test prior to their June orientation session.
  • Download our mobile app, FSUgo, to access a virtual campus map and other useful information about FSU. On the day of orientation, you will be able to access the day’s schedule using this app!

Black & Gold Orientation Food Drive!

FSU supports students who are facing temporary or chronic homelessness and/or difficulty affording food. Support your fellow RAMS by bringing canned food and other non-perishables to orientation! 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!

Once you Arrive On Campus: 

  • You will be able to park in the Maynard Lot or Salem End Lot. (Please click here for an interactive map). Handicap-accessible parking is located behind the McCarthy Center. Keep an eye out for the Black and Gold Orientation Leaders outside directing traffic.
  • Check-in starts at 8 a.m. in the McCarthy Center. Check-in takes place 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.
  • The orientation day will end around 6 p.m. with dinner to follow. You must participate in the entire program. You must notify the Office of First-Year Programs if you have a reason to arrive late or depart early. There is no fee for student orientation.
  • Light refreshments will be available until 9 a.m., and lunch and dinner will be served. Please inform us of any food allergies or restrictions on your RSVP form.
  • We have a Family/Guest program at an additional cost designed specifically for the family and guests of new students. Family/Guests will spend the day attending sessions designed for them, while students will attend their own separate program.